Ward Schaefer, PhD, LP
- Mood Disorders
- Chronic health problems
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
Ward Schaefer, PhD, LP is a psychologist at the Allina Health Mental Health – Abbott Northwestern in Minnesota.
What is your practice philosophy? My goal is to help patients feel “unstuck” and free to pursue their values--the things in life that are dearest and most meaningful to them. Therapy is a partnership: I bring my own clinical experience and knowledge of the scientific evidence, and the patient is the expert on their own experience.
What are you passionate about? And why? Access to mental health services. Our society is better and stronger when everyone can participate in it to their fullest ability.
Something I have learned from my patients is: Human beings are astoundingly, inspiringly resilient.
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): Helping patients confront difficult things they’ve been avoiding, because tremendous growth happens on the other side.
What is the best thing you’ve done for your health or the best health advice you’ve received? Regular exercise, whether strength training or just biking to work, is essential to helping me feel grounded and whole.
What are you most proud of? Being a parent
- Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA
- Master of Arts, Psychology, Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA
Years of experience
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)