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

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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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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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 evenĀ  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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