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individual therapy, family reunification, forensic consultation, and risk assessment

At Schmidt Psychological Services, each client's treatment plan is developed according to their unique needs. We specialize in treatment of three primary domains: trauma, anxiety and panic disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Our practice is founded on the principle that as humans, we do not move toward beginning change or a healing process until we are capable of completing the journey. This means that those who seek are inherently capable of their own repair. Our bodies instinctively recognize the difference between health and dysfunction, even as we sometimes strive to numb, avoid, or distract ourselves from pain. Trauma can impact nearly every aspect of our bodies and lived experience. We strive to assist with healing across domains of physical, emotional, and interpersonal function. As trained forensic experts, we also offer a number of specialized services to the courts, law enforcement agencies, and other community institutions.


In private practice, Dr. Schmidt works with children and adults who exhibit severe and lasting emotional and physical trauma and present with assorted presentations of PTSD.  She also treats both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence (and has for more than thirteen years), conducts comprehensive sexual risk assessments for the courts, and offer expert witness testimony as needed. She supervises approximately a dozen interns at an outpatient treatment center for adjudicated sex offenders, and is currently implementing a somatically-based treatment program for adolescent offenders at a California Youth Authority detention center, where she is developing a new modality designed to target and treat traumatic injury at its’ source, in addition to training participants to manage and care for their own mental and physical well-being. 


As a psychologist of referral for the Department of Child and Family Services, she sees child patients within the foster care system, and specializes in treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress. She teaches weekly classes to police officers about psychopathology, mental illness, and the impact of trauma on the mind and body, among other topics.  The issues encountered among her clients are often the result of early childhood events, but are understood to be compounded by their status as members of a multi-generational cohort of expressed stress, trauma, and inflammation. The inherited embodiment (and self-directed treatment) of this issue is of particular interest.

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“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”

Bessel A. van der Kolk

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107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 325, Pasadena, CA, 91105, USA


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