About Dr. Gaffney

With a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling  and trained as a clinical social worker by many of the masters in the fields of psychotherapy and spirituality, I approach problems with a realistic optimism and an enduring faith in our human capacity to change and grow.

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

My approach to psychotherapy and recovery is an integrative one,  allowing me to draw on the collective wisdom of several traditions of psychology and spirituality that facilitate healing.  As psychotherapy progresses you will come to experience a more positive state of  mental health, developing insight and courage to make the life changes you need to make. And you will find hope again.

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

Trish 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 only with help and determination do we come to understand why we needed 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.

I am also available for Spiritual Direction, The spiritual life is is a journey of faith and transformation.  Those who seek spiritual direction with me come from a variety of spiritual traditions, seeking to deepen their relationship with God.

Personally, I live with my beloved husband, constant companion and therapy dog, Phoebe, and Eli, a Rag Doll cat..   who is often in need of some serious therapy himself!  I am an inveterate learner, presently interested in emerging brain research on interpersonal neurobiology, and the neuroscience of happiness and contentment. Incorporated into psychotherapy, these contribute to making lasting changes with an enhanced sense of well-being, while also interrupting habitual patterns of suffering.

Other personal interests include contemplative and meditative practice, reading, good friendships, health and fitness, vegan cooking, running, animal rescue, painting, social justice, iconography, spirituality and theology.