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As a psychologist, I provide psychotherapy for adults and adolescents, couples, and families. Because my work is person- rather than problem-centered, I do not consider it to be “specialized”, but I am familiar with and have had many years of experience treating most psychological issues and complaints, including anxiety, depression, attachment and relationship issues. I work with eating disorders and addiction problems, impulse disorders, and problems related to childhood physical and sexual abuse.

In addition to my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I trained in contemporary psychoanalysis at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles (where I am currently a candidate in the Psy.D program). I have been in private practice for 30+ years and have also had extensive experience supervising interns and teaching at the graduate level here in Santa Barbara. I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist.

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136 Por La Mar Circle
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

(805) 969-7474


Office Hours

Mon – Fri — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday — 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Sunday — Closed

Dr. Robert Shafer
136 Por La Mar Circle
Santa Barbara, CA 93103