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Barb Schafer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Contact

P: 616-2442246

Facts

I have run 3 half-marathons.

I absolutely love to travel...even though I've been sneezed on by an elephant in South Africa, pooped on by a pigeon in Italy, gotten motion sickness from a car ride up the side of a mountain in Hawaii, and have been caught in hurricanes in New York, North Carolina, and St. Lucia.

I have an affinity for photography, coffee, and all things ice cream.

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through it is the bravest thing we will ever do.” - Brene Brown

Profile

I am energized by developing meaningful relationships, and being a helpful resource to others. I am continually inspired by the strength, courage, and resiliency of my clients, and consider it an honor to be invited to bare witness to their struggles while walking beside them on their journey. Through genuine connection, respect, insight, and a collaborative presence, my hope is to create a safe space for clients to share their experiences, develop self-awareness, become empowered, and achieve their goals. I am a clinical social worker, wife, and mother of two little ones who give my patience a workout, fill my heart more than I ever thought possible, and give me many opportunities to laugh and embrace my inner-child each day. I work two days a week and feel incredibly lucky to have a career that allows me to follow my passion, while also spending time with my children. Outside of the office, you will likely find me with my family and friends, traveling, being active outdoors, playing the piano, or looking for a new restaurant to try.

Education

Grand Valley State University, Bachelor's Degree in social work

2004

Loyola University, Master's Degree in Social Work

2006

Experience

My career began over 12 years ago when I worked in a juvenile detention center with at-risk youth. While obtaining my graduate degree in Chicago, I provided crisis, individual, and group counseling to adult survivors of sexual violence.  I then worked as an adoption specialist and foster care case worker before transitioning to a clinical role providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, and adults involved in the child welfare system. I left Chicago in 2010, and moved back to my home-state. Since then, I have enjoyed providing outpatient individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. I eagerly joined the DE team in 2013, and my areas of experience include trauma, grief and loss, adoption, attachment, anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal relationship difficulties, self-esteem/self-worth, behavioral issues, life transitions, and adjustment issues.