About Dr. Schaff

Dr. Schaff is a licensed clinical health psychologist, specializing in the treatment of individuals living with chronic medical illness, disability, pain, or other physical concerns. She understands that issues within the body can greatly impact one’s sense of identity. Dr. Schaff utilizes primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and psychodynamic approaches to work collaboratively with patients on restoring a balance between body and mind. She believes that it is possible to live a meaningful life regardless of circumstances, and aims to assist patients with determining what that means to them and support them in achieving it.

Dr. Schaff has extensive experience working closely with providers in medical settings. Her education and clinical training has enabled her to work with patients with a wide range of medical illnesses and concerns. Additional clinical expertise includes treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, phobias, trauma, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and sexual disorders. 

Background

Dr. Schaff received her doctorate training in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco. She completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA practicing integrated Health Psychology. Common consult requests and presenting problems included: safety assessments, adherence to medical treatment and medications, substance abuse, smoking cessation, differential diagnosis, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Dr. Schaff has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, both individually and in groups. She has trained in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, home visits, and hospitals, conducting individual therapy, group therapy, assessments, and consultations.

Program development is also a primary interest of Dr. Schaff, and she has sought mentorship from clinical directors and supervisors on the processes behind running clinical programs. She pursued quality improvement projects and took on leadership roles during her fellowship, including planning and facilitating weekly didactic trainings for practicum trainees and interns. 

Dr. Schaff is licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of California her license number is PSY29249

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • APA Society for Health Psychology (Division 38)
  • California Psychological Association
  • Los Angeles County Psychological Association
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science