Deanna Shafer Psychotherapist at Bijelic Counseling in Cedar Falls Iowa

Deanna Shafer




Hi, I’m Deanna. I am a full-license therapist. I have lived and worked in various helping professions in the Cedar Valley. I’m passionate about helping people and feel honored to walk alongside my clients during difficult moments and support them as they work towards healing.

Above all, I strive to make therapy a safe emotional experience for my clients. My style is warm, empowering, strengths-based, collaborative, and direct. I believe that clients are the experts of their own lives, and see myself as a teammate that helps clients work toward their goals in therapy. I value continual work on cultural competency and being neurodiversity-affirming, and am a proud ally to LGBTQIA+, immigrant and refugee, and BIPOC communities.

A typical session with me will include:

  • Agreeing to a plan of what we would like to cover
  • Discussing updates from in between sessions
  • Exploring your thoughts, feelings, relationships, and functioning
  • Processing difficult experiences
  • Celebrating your successes
  • Partnering with you to discuss strategies to use in between to work toward your goals
  • Listening with empathy and never any judgment

If you have been considering seeking support for your mental health, I encourage you to take that scary first step. I would be honored to meet with you.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.