Michael Shaffran, LCSW

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Accepted Insurance Plans:

  • APS,Inc.
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and/or BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • CuraLinc
  • Medicare
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • PacifiCare
  • TRICARE
  • TriWest
  • United Behavioral Health
  • WellPoint

Quick Facts

  • CARING, COMPASSIONATE AND CONCERNED COUNSELOR
  • 35 YEARS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHIATRY PROFESSION
  • TRAINED IN MULTIPLE THERAPIES: GESTALT, EMDR, HYPNOSIS, SOLUTION FOCUSED,
    PSYCHODYNAMIC AND FAMILY THERAPY
  • PROVIDES THERAPY IN SPANISH AND UNDERSTANDS LATINO AND HISPANIC CULTURES
  • MULTICULTURAL BACKGROUND: TAUGHT ENGLISH IN KOREA; TRAVELLED THROUGH ASIA, RUSSIA, EUROPE AND THE CARIBBEAN

The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children
Written by Michael Shaffran   

The psychological effects on children of divorce can be devastating and many divorcing couples are completely oblivious to how their private “War of the Roses” has lasting effects on their children. It is said: “Children are always the losers in divorce.” Unfortunately, parents do not think about the consequences of how they treat their soon to be ex-spouse and how they continue to malign them in front of their children who often feel loyalty to both parents. These children or adolescents are often manipulated by their parents for personal, social or financial reasons.

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Men and Job Loss
Written by Michael Shaffran   

Nothing can be more devastating than for a man to lose his job. This takes a toll in many ways; specifically, with regards to self-esteem as so many men define themselves by their jobs or profession. If a man loses his job and has no one to turn to: wife, girlfriend, partner, religious or spiritual group or family and friends, he can isolate and withdraw into himself.

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Adolescent Boys and Anger
Written by Michael Shaffran   

Doing therapy with adolescents is difficult. This is an understatement. With most boys, it's even tougher. If they get poor role models, then it's even more difficult. If, on the other hand, they have fathers, uncles, grandfathers or other men in the community--coaches, clergy, etc. that praise them and give them blessings, we see boys that can express anger appropriately and the concomitant sadness or grief which usually underlies the anger.

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Initiation Rites for Adolescent Boys
Written by Michael Shaffran   

In this era of gangs, "drive-by" shootings, 15 year olds killing 15 year olds, one certainly gets very disheartened and indifferent. It's easy to put on a "stiff upper lip" and become more cynical; simply accept these murders as part of the package of living in the 21st century. One can accept these atrocities of primarily inner city youth along with global warming, multiple wars, and now the 700 billion dollar "bail out" with the impending recession as just the way it is.

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Me and My Shadow
Written by Michael Shaffran   

The famous Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, MD, wrote about and developed the idea of the Shadow. The Shadow is that part of us that we repress, avoid and deny. As men, it's easy to hide real authentic feelings: pain, sadness, depression, anger, anxiety, shame, and even panic can be tucked away until they come out "sideways" or erupt in violence of many sorts--physically or verbally.

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Male-Female Communication
Written by Michael Shaffran   

We all know that men and women communicate differently. There are many books like Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray. Getting The Love You Want and Keeping The Love You Have by Dr. Hendrix. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Marriage by Dr. Gottman is another excellent book. There is even  a series of CD's and books by David Deida: The Way of the Superior Man and several others that deal with male-female communication. All are valid and worth reading.

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Men and Grief
Written by Michael Shaffran   

Men have a difficult time with grief; this is an understatement. Anger is much easier for men to access. Moreover, boys and adolescents have this problem as well. Where do they learn these unfortunate habits? Why from men of course. The old John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger stereotyped behaviors die hard.

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