A career helping others began with the struggle of figuring out how to help herself.
In high school and college, she was known for being smart and musical and athletic…but it was what people didn’t know about Angela Schaffner that truly defined her. At least for awhile. As an author and psychologist, Angela now spends her days helping people work through their issues, but she first had to learn how to deal with her own.
“I really didn’t typically lie to people. I am a pretty truthful person. But when it came to that issue (the eating disorder), I would lie all the time. The way to healing from an eating disorder completely—not just physically—was for me a lot about self-care and embracing that I’m okay how I am. I’m deserving of good food and love and good relationships and the good things in life. It’s all okay.
When I first started working (at the eating disorder center), there were elements of what I saw in these clients that were just so familiar to me. And it was like my own issues, in bodies, walking around the center. Yet, when I met with those clients, I felt a tremendous amount of empathy for them…and I felt a deep sense of accountability to them.”
Dr. Angela Schaffner is an author and licensed psychologist and eating disorders specialist with over 18 years of experience providing therapy. Her latest book is called “Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself.” Angela is also a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and she lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Dusty, and her three sons.