Dr. Shapiro has extensive clinical experience with children, adolescents/teens, young adults/transitional-aged youth, adults and older adults and enjoys working with clients of all different ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual and romantic interests, gender identifications, personal preferences, and identity expressions. Dr. Shapiro is also especially sensitive to the psychological treatment needs and concerns of sexual and gender minorities and provides kink-aware and kink-informed psychotherapy. Dr. Shapiro is an outspoken advocate for nontraditional and alternative psychological practices in substance abuse treatment, internet addiction and technological dependence, adolescent behavioral problems, and teenage delinquency. Dr. Shapiro focuses on addressing and improving the underlying causes of symptoms rather than emphasize diagnosis. Through her unique approach to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Dr. Shapiro empowers her clients and helps them reach their individual personal goals. Dr. Shapiro specializes in working with clients who have a history of trauma and has received distinction as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Dr. Shapiro has worked at the intersection of mental health, the legal/justice system (Forensic) and the medical field (Med-legal) to specialize in the complex world of psycho-legal issues. As such, Dr. Shapiro has come to be known and respected for her comprehensive psychological testing, evaluations and assessments; med-legal and psycho-legal consultation, evaluation, and treatment; and thorough forensic reports and legal consultation services.
Dr. Shapiro writes letters of support, treatment summaries, and referrals for HRT consults and surgical interventions, as needed or requested by clients.