Areas of life that are less understood or difficult to identify are discussed by C.G. Jung as the shadow side: “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.”
In therapy, the identification of the shadow is a delicate process. The therapist and patient become a working alliance that carefully identify and process these elements of the patient’s life. The phenomenal aspect of Jungian psychology, has been the ability for clients to present material in session that leads to their further identification and processing of shadows.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at points in our lives. Therapy will focus to identify root causes contributing to your symptoms and evidence-based treatments to reduce discomfort.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can follow traumatic events. Therapy is designed to overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. Play therapy is available for younger children to address issues related to trauma, anxiety, attachment, and other concerns.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
Treatment for Attention Deficit and Mild Autism Spectrum include behavior modification, social skills training, psycho-education, and other interventions intended to support you and your child.
Group therapy can be established to address specific topics, such as social skills, parenting support, anxiety, and grief. Ideally, groups would be established with at least eight members and all participants would attend each session (approximately ten). School administrators are encouraged to contact Dr. Kaufer to establish groups for students and parents interested in particular topics, groups established in response to a particular issue or event, and consultation.
Dr. Kaufer completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Masters in Clinical Psychology, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California campus. Dr. Kaufer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Nevada and owner of NF Psychotherapy, LLC. She practices individual, family, and conjoint (i.e., couples, marriage) mental health treatment.
Dr. Kaufer has experience working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples. She has worked with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, attention-deficit, autism spectrum, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, mood disorders, and personality issues. She completed graduate student research for the Child and Adolescent Suicide Review Team in Los Angeles, California and was the student founder and executive assistant for the Pediatric Health Research Group with The Chicago School, Los Angeles.
She completed her practicum and pre-doctoral clinical hours in Head Start, parochial, and charter school settings, a home-based behavioral modification program, and a community resource program serving victims and families of trauma. Her dissertation focused on identifying additional risk and protective factors for youth experiencing depression and endorsing suicidal ideation. Post-doctoral hours were completed in a Nevada program conducting assessments with youth in crisis under the supervision of a Nevada licensed psychologist and providing psychotherapy to adults, couples, and families under the supervision of Dr. William Danton at Clinic AD (Anxiety and Depression) .