Gilda Schaffer PsyD, LCPC, LMHC, BCC, in Northbrook, Illinois, 60062

Gilda Schaffer


Gilda Schaffer


Professions: Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCPC - 180.006683
Secondary Credential: LMHC - MH13927
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Workers' Compensation
Fees: Average Cost (per session): $ 120- $150

- Out of Network provider
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Northbrook, Illinois 60062

My Approach to Helping

I have provided mental health services to teenagers, adults, and couples for over 20 years. I offer a compassionate and secure environment where individuals in therapy may express themselves freely, explore past or ongoing issues, and set practical therapeutic goals. During the treatment process we will work together and explore how your emotions may influence your thoughts, behaviors, and your sense of freedom.

I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection. As a result, I closely examine the relationship between your current social relationships, family issues, chronic stress, and presenting concerns.

I specialize in providing short and long term therapy that foster lasting positive change. Issues that may be address in therapy include posttraumatic stress, phobias, grief, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, and major life transitions. I also offer clinical hypnosis as a treatment option for certain physical concerns such as migraines and gastrointestinal issues.

More Info About My Practice

I graduated from the Catholic University of Uruguay in 1995, and graduated magna cum laude from the Southern California University for Professional Studies in 2003. As I am bilingual, I am able to provide mental health care in both English and Spanish. I am also a certified provider and approved consultant in EMDR, an effective trauma treatment that helps people in therapy to improve performance and overcome feelings of being stuck.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Spanish

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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