Chuck Schaeffer, PhD

Chuck Schaeffer

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Hours

Mon: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tue: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: Closed
Fri: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Sleep disorder
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Men's health
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Dr. Chuck Schaeffer is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the West Village, New York City. He has deep expertise in helping clients build the skills to navigate major life stage transitions with confidence. He supports clients through college, marriage, and parenting while maintaining strong relationships, work-life balance, and productive daily routines.

Dr. Schaeffer helps professionals, new parents, and couples identify goals and work towards greater meaning in their lives. He utilizes a person-centered, strength-based approach that allows clients to overcome anxiety, sleep disruption, procrastination, emotion dysregulation, and lack of focus. 

Dr. Schaeffer aims to help each client reach their full potential at work and home. He earned his PhD at NYU, where he currently holds a faculty position. His office is conveniently located steps away from the West 4th Street and Christopher Street MTA Stations. 


Specialties

Sleep disorder – Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Men's health – Expertise in working with adult men; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social  settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

General expertise

ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


Insurances

Dr. Schaeffer is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $250/session (45min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Dr. Schaeffer can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Message to clients

"Everyone has difficult, challenging parts of their lives where they can't access their strengths. You don't need to struggle in silence because you don't want to be judged. Let's work together, cultivating your strengths to overcome and thrive despite life's challenges."


Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Seleni Institute, 2014 - 2017
Veteran's Administration Hospital Systems, 2013 - 2014

New York University, PhD, 2015
New York University, Master of Arts, 2009
New York University, Bachelor of Science, 2007


Languages

English