About Us


Right Choices Counseling is a solo practice run by Paul R. Shaffer. Paul is currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina. He obtained his Master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1988. At present, Paul chooses to specialize in working with adults – specifically relationship and couple’s issues (pre-marital and marital), men’s issues, depression, anxiety and adjustment issues.

From 1985 to 2004, Paul worked in a variety of counseling settings doing:

  • Career & academic placement testing, as well as student counseling (Kentucky, 1985 – 1987)

  • Psychological assessments for social services, the courts, jails and hospitals as well as outpatient counseling services (Kentucky, 1987 – 1989)

  • Child & adolescent outpatient counseling (Georgia, 1989 – 1992), also serving as Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee for DeKalb County’s board of Mental Health during part of that time

  • Private practice outpatient counseling with The Family Connection (North Carolina, 1992 – 1994)

  • Outpatient, in-home services and residential treatment through Specialized Youth Services (North Carolina, 1994 – 1998)

  • Intake clinician and intake liaison between Area Mental Health and Social Services (North Carolina, 1998 – 2004)

  • Part-time private practice (North Carolina, 1994-2004)

In 2004, Paul started his own private practice, Right Choices Counseling, and the following year (2005) he published his first book, “Conflict Resolution for Couples”, recently re-released as the 2020 “the R.I.V.E.R. Method” edition, or 15th Anniversary Edition. Paul has also authored five other titles (“Conflict Resolution for Christian Couples,”, “The Top 10 Marriage Essentials”, “The Top 10 Dating Essentials” ,“Conflict Resolution for Couples – ‘Just the Tools’ Edition”), and “Moving Past Personal Crises”).