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SCHMIDT PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

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

At Schmidt Psychological Services, each treatment plan is developed according to a client's 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 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.

ABOUT DR. SCHMIDT:

In private practice, Dr. Schmidt works with children and adults who exhibit severe and lasting emotional and physical trauma and who present with assorted presentations of PTSD.  She has treated both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence since 2010, conducts comprehensive sexual risk assessments for the courts, and offers expert witness testimony as needed. She supervises clinicians at an outpatient treatment center for adjudicated sex offenders, with a combined secondary caseload of approximately 500 clients. Throughout 2022 and 2023, Dr. Schmidt offered a somatically-based treatment program for adolescent offenders at a California Youth Authority detention center, based on a new modality she is developing to target and treat traumatic injury at its’ source. She also offered tools to participants for management and care of their own mental and physical well-being while incarcerated, specifically designed to address the considerable negative effects of incarceration. She is a vocal and committed advocate for dramatic reform of California's jail and prison systems. 

 

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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CONTACT INFORMATION

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

323-841-1293

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