About Dr. Shaffer

Carolyn S. Shaffer, Ph.D.

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Dr. Shaffer has been in practice for more than 30 years. She has specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy and in the treatment of mood disorders. She is skilled in treating depression and anxiety and is a certified sex therapist. She also teaches mindfulness skills.


  • Pennsylvania State University:  B.A. French
  • University of Virginia: M.S. Clinical Psychology
  • University of Virginia: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology



  • George Washington University Medical Center and Area C Mental Health Center:  Pre-doctoral Internship
  • George Washington University Medical Center:  Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Therapy-Collaborative Research Training Program for Depression


  • Maryland

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Sexology


  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) Founding Fellow
  • Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sex Therapist
  • American Psychological Association
  • Maryland Psychological Association- Fellow
  • DC Psychological Association

Contact Information 

6310 Winston Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-1pm Sat: 7am-12pm 

Dr. Shaffer: (301) 320-5268
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Dr. Sank: (301) 229-3131 Email: External link opens in new tab or windowlawrencesank@yahoo.com 

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