Dr. Cathy Schaefer received her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Florida, with a specialization in Early Childhood Studies. Her philosophy is that children are best served through a multi-faceted lens that integrates evidence-based practices from behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and client-centered play therapy perspectives.


Within an ecological systems framework, Dr. Schaefer integrates parent involvement as an important component of her treatment plan. She specializes in developmental and behavioral issues, anxiety disorders, selective mutism, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, self-esteem concerns, and adjustment disorders. Additionally, she is passionate about working with adoptees and their families by addressing early traumas, supporting an open dialogue between parents and adoptees, and helping children to adjust to and accept their dual heritages. 


Dr. Schaefer has extensive experience in providing school consultation services within the private and public sector. She has supported parents as they prepare for IEP and 504 plan meetings and attended school meetings to build collaborative partnerships with educators. Dr. Schaefer has provided professional development to school staff and psychologists in local, state, and national trainings and conferences. She has consulted with early childhood education centers to implement universal screening programs that incorporate parent input. She currently works as a school psychologist in a local district.