Dr. Shayna Kaufmann’s astute ability to “get people” was developed through decades of experience. Her remarkable skill at perceiving and articulating what’s going on emotionally with her clients, and which steps may be helpful to them, became refined through conducting over 1,000 clinical evaluations.
Since earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1992, she has worked extensively both as a clinical and forensic (i.e., legal) psychologist, honing her unique adeptness at human connection, deep understanding and accessible communication. Her efforts have enabled her to help hundreds of offenders coming through the system get direction for a better future.
In addition, Shayna has worked with victims of trauma at Children’s Hospital, published original research in prestigious academic journals, is a sought after speaker, and has taught graduate level psychology classes for ten years at Alliant International University and National University.
Shayna’s passions run deeper than psychology and have led her to committed community contributions as a leader at the San Diego Zen Center and Tifereth Israel Synagogue, and serving her daughters’ school as PTA President for three terms and as major fundraiser chairperson for seven years.
In addition to professional achievements, participating in Marathons, Triathlons, and Century Bike Rides, Shayna has also been deeply engaged in her ongoing personal growth. She has been practicing Zen Meditation for the past twelve years and annually attends two to three silent meditation retreats. She also regularly attends personal growth workshops and educational classes. Shayna has been happily married since 1999 and is the mother of two powerful and beautiful teen girls.
Her approach to Embracing the Middle reflects her varied learning and manifests as a clear yet gentle process done within an intimate, supportive environment. The events include direct teaching, experiential exercises, guided meditations and processing to help participants integrate the information. The tools she uses draw equally from her clinical and Zen background and are ones that she has used on a personal level.