About Dr. Gaffney

With a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling and a masters in Social Work, I completed the CAC’s Living School program with Richard Rohr, Jim Finley and Cynthia Bourgeault in 2017.  I approach problems with a realistic optimism and an enduring faith in our human capacity to change and grow. My approach integrates the perspective and techniques adapted from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theory, compassionate inquiry, family systems, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness practice.

In practice since 1981, my areas of specialty include: depression, anxiety, addiction recovery, mindfulness-based meditation, disordered and compulsive eating, spirituality, trauma and re-integration, life transition, and all kinds of troubled or painful relationships.

Whether you want to make emotional, spiritual, or interpersonal changesas your therapist, I want to understand what brings you here, right now at this time.  I want to understand who you are and what matters to you.I will bring wise compassion to our interactions, offer you honest feedback, and help you to develop the insight and courage to make the life changes you want to make

Change is difficult, and it is possible. Psychotherapy takes courage, work and commitment, and it is worth it.  As therapy progresses you will come to experience a more resilient state of mental health… and you will find hope again.

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I am also available for Spiritual Direction, as a spiritual mentor or companion through the joys and challenges on your spiritual journey. 

Unlike psychotherapy, spiritual direction does not focus on resolving problems. Spiritual direction is more about discerning and responding, deepening the spiritual development of your inner life.

Spiritual direction is done in an ongoing one-to-one basis in private sessions. 

A good resource for more information is Spiritual Directors International.

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Listed as one of the area’s 17 Top Therapists in Baltimore Magazine:

“Dr. Gaffney is known for her warmth, faith, humor and creativity and experience when helping people to face difficult life problems. From personal experience, she would tell you that sometimes life takes some very surprising and painful turns, and that only with help and determination do we come to understand how to go forward into what was as yet unknown . . .  so often, this is how we grow stronger, more flexible and resilient, and able to recognize patterns in ourselves and our relationships with others that contribute to our overall happiness, or diminish it.  And find hope again.”