Erik Shaffer MSL, LISAC
Erik Shaffer is another of our most tenured therapists. He has worked in the fields of counseling and substance abuse since 1990, so about 27 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah State University and a master’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He also has a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling and Pharmacology. He is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC).
Erik started this work as a volunteer, completing his practicum work at the Youth Detention Center in Logan, Utah. After that, he was hired on to work with youth at Brigham City Community Health Center as a counselor, followed by BenchMark Regional. Many of the cases he saw involved substance abuse and eventually, Erik moved into outpatient substance abuse treatment for youth.
He worked with youth in substance abuse until he moved to Arizona in 1999. Since then, Erik has been working with adults in substance abuse treatment. He has thrived in leadership and management positions in substance abuse treatment for approximately 15 years.
He has extensive training and experience in Motivational Interviewing, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These are the models of therapy that he prefers to follow in his sessions. Erik enjoys working in private care, appreciating the particular freedoms that come along with it.
Erik has the heart of an artist, originally studying art in college before changing paths to therapy. While he acknowledges his job as a difficult one, with many ups and downs, Erik has always felt drawn to this work and believes that he is making a difference in others’ lives.
He still greatly enjoys woodworking, remodeling, and interior design. He also loves the outdoors, off-roading and camping when he has the time.