sessions with Dr. Schmitt

Welcome to telehealth sessions based on acceptance and collaboration.

 

Your trust and a sense of safety is imperative as we work to alleviate symptoms and manage stressors. Together, we will work on cultivating self-awareness to discover your inner strength and wisdom.

By providing comprehensive psychological care and working collaboratively, I'm confident that clients can reach optimal health and wellness."

Dr. Monica Schmitt

Dr. Monica Schmitt, PsyD., specializes in maternal mental health with a particular focus on the prevention, assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She also works with mothers and fathers who are struggling with pregnancy, the adjustment to parenthood, infertility, perinatal loss, birth trauma, NICU experiences, and medical complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Throughout her career, she has also worked with college and graduate students, couples and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship issues and difficult life transitions.

 

Dr. Schmitt’s therapeutic approach is warm, accepting and collaborative. Her style as a therapist encourages a relationship of trust and a sense of safety for her clients. Dr. Schmitt holds space for her client’s to honor and process their thoughts and feelings during sessions.  She works with clients to alleviate symptoms, to manage stressors more effectively, to enhance self-awareness, to discover their inner strength and wisdom and to improve self-care. She empowers and gently encourages her clients to go outside of their comfort zone to find greater understanding and meaning in their lives to create lasting, long term changes. Dr. Schmitt has a passion for cultivating client’s intuition, creativity and joy.  

 

As a clinician, she sees each individual client as a unique person and welcomes all to her practice. Given this, she tailors her therapeutic approach to each client’s needs and to each client’s strengths. 

Qualifications

 

Doctorate (Psy.D.) Chicago School of Professional Psychology

License: Illinois / 071006922

Undergrad: Bradley University (with honors)

Education

 

Clinical Training

  • Hartgrove Hospital
  • Lake Forest College Counseling Center
  • Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center
 
 

Post-graduate training

  • Postpartum Stress Center
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Certified Perinatal mental health professional (PMH-C)
Professionally Affiliations

 

  • American Psychological Association
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • The Alliance of Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Facilitators in Northern Illinois
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Postpartum Support International-
    Illinois Chapter

pregnancy, postpartum & parenting

Dr. Schmitt works with clients at various points in their journey toward and through parenthood specializing in the assessment, prevention and treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) including postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder, and postpartum PTSD.

 

Additional areas of focus:


Family planning |  Infertility or difficulty conceiving | Pregnancy related concerns and stress | Birth trauma | NICU experiences | Postpartum wellness | Adjustment to motherhood/fatherhood

Resources

Postpartum Support International (PSI)— Excellent resource for learning about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and extensive online support groups.

 

American Psychological Association (APA)— Learning about psychology in daily life and learning about the science and practice of psychology.

Mindfulness Meditation— Paying attention with purpose to the present moment without judgment.

 

https://www.calm.com

https://www.stopbreathethink.com/about/

https://insighttimer.com

adult depression & anxiety

Difficult life transitions can be a challenge during any phase of life. College students, adult individuals and couples can seek treatment for depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues. 

Telehealth Appointments

Telehealth Sessions by Appointment through a HIPPA compliant platform—Simple Practice

 

Dr. Schmitt offers telehealth sessions to residents of Illinois and PSYPACT states. Telehealth sessions are offered over the internet through a secure, HIPPA compliant platform, SimplePractice. Client’s can have a session with Dr. Schmitt via their laptop or mobile device. Telehealth offers you the convenience of no longer needing to leave your home or workplace in order to get the care you need.

Here’s how to begin:

  1. Call 630-983-0885 Dr. Schmitt will return your call directly within 24 hours.
  2. Engage in a brief phone consult
  3. Complete setup in the Client Portal—You will receive a link via your provided email address to complete all paperwork when it is convenient for you.

therapy for the therapist
& healthcare professionals

Embrace being mindful of, and learning how to navigate the ebb and flow of work-life balance. Prioritize self care in the face of stressful and competing demands from various aspects of life. The overall goal is to prevent compassion fatigue and/or burnout.

 

 

 

your wellness

Each client’s experiences and therapy are uniquely different.

 

Together, we’ll work to find your strengths through evidence-based therapeutic approaches including interpersonal, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based techniques.

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