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

"Old School" Networking for fun and Profit
Written by Mike Shaffran   
As a sociable Social Worker and psychotherapist, I've been networking since childhood. It's simply in my DNA to connect people. A good friend of mine once told me and my wife that "Mike's the glue that connects friends and strangers!" This is absolutely true. From childhood, I've always put "good friends" in touch with other "good people." These friends usually became friends or acquaintances with them and they, in turn, introduce my friends to other people. This was about 40 years before Facebook ever existed. To this day, I make connections with friends and strangers. In short order,the strangers become friends and they in turn introduce me or my friends to other interesting people. I find that word of mouth or cafes or restaurants are great ways to connect people. Often, these connections become business opportunities and as a practicing psychotherapist of 35 years, many clients come to me through these informal "meet and greet" gatherings. Quite frankly, Facebook or Linked In have rarely produced the results they claim to. On the other hand, I've invested little time or energy in them and as a man in his late 60's, I prefer the face-to-face way of networking. My generation did things differently and while many people my age are hooked on FB or Linked In or Tweet, they have never been my cup of tea. As stated, I much prefer meeting over a meal and explaining my talents and skills to other professionals, friends or business folks and let them see that I may have something to offer them or other potential clients. As a supervisor to unlicensed Master level therapists to be (MSW; MFT's), I help network them to training programs, authors and other professionals in the community or country. Many go on to study with nationally known experts and some of these professionals know me from various trainings I've taken with them as well. In a sense, everything comes full circle. That is my point, if you give unconditionally from your heart, "good people" connect other "good people" and the beat goes on. Sometimes, I make a few dollars and other times I do not, but that is not the point. It's always fun for me to hear that a person or professional contact that I gave a client or friend has paid off in spades, ie, they made a connection and it helped them grow personally or professionally and/or it helped the people I connected them to as well. It's a "Win-Win" situation for all concerned. Social Networking can be successful through all the usual forms of social media but I've always prefered the personal touch and always will! Here's wishing you the best heartfelt connections with fellow humans possible!
 
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