Richelle J. Schaefer, M.Sc. Psych., M.A. 

Psychologische Psychotherapeutin

About Me

I was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. Even though I deeply love the "true north strong and free", Germany has been my home since 2014. 

It is extremely important to me that I am able to offer my patients the best treatment possible and as such, I regularly attend scientific meetings, partake in further education seminars and am currently finishing my clinically relevant research work for my doctorate at Mannheim University. 


  • PhD candidate at the Clinical and Biological Psychology and Psychotherapy Department, Mannheim University 
  • Postgraduate training as a clinical psychotherapist at the Center of Psychological Psychotherapists (specialization cognitive behavioral therapy), University of Mannheim
  • M.Sc. in Clinical Forensic Psychology at King’s College London in London
  • M.A. in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Canada
  • B.A. in Psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada

Click here for more information about my research work.

Current Clinical Experience

  • RJS Private Practice, Face-to-face in Mannheim and online psychotherapy  
  • Freelancing clinical psychotherapist at the Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics (Universitätsklinikum) in Heidelberg for the study: ImPROving cross-sectoral collaboration between primary and psychosocial care: An implementation study on VIDEo consultations (PROVIDE) 
  • Part-time position as a clinical psychotherapist in the practice with "Kassenzulassung" of Dipl. Psych. Birgit Hirth-Haunerland in Mannheim 

Advanced Training 

  • Institute for Schema Therapy in Frankfurt (IST-F), Training in Schema Therapy (54 training hours), Professor: Dr. med. Eckhard Roediger
  • SYMUT® – a interdisinplinary therapy model for mutismus (16 training hours), ProLog WISSEN GmbH, Professor: Dr. Boris Hartmann
  • International Symposium for Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry (ISFPP), Workshop: Fundamentals of Offender Centered Treatment (16 training hours), Professor: Dr. Bernd Borchard
  • Advanced Training in Offender-Centered Therapeutic Care (68 training hours), Professor: Dr. Heinz Scheurer
  • Central Institute for Mental Health, Acceptance und Commitment Therapy (ACT), Advanced Training (10 training hours)
  • Central Institute for Mental Health, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD) (16 training hours) 
  • Central Institute for Mental Health, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) (96 training hours) 


Previous Clinical Experience

  • Otto-Selz-Institute for Applied Psychology (outpatient clinic) in Mannheim 
  • Crime-preventative-orientated therapy with criminal offenders (on probation and supervision) and potential criminal offenders within the preventative program „Commit no violence or sexual offences“ at the Forensic Outpatient Clinic Baden (FAB) in Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Heilbronn 
  • Therapy with victims of sexual and/or violent offences at the Victims and Trauma Outpatient Clinic (OTA) in Karlsruhe 
  • Psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic Medicine (PSM) Inpatient Clinic at the Central Institute for Mental Health (ZI) in Mannheim 
  • Adolescent Center (AZ) at the Borderline Inpatient Clinic at the Central Institute for Mental Health (ZI) in Mannheim 
  • Forensic Intensive Psychological Treatment Service (FIPTS) in London