For all specialties below, Dr. Schmidt has done at least three of the following: received training certification, written a book, done research, taught classes or workshops, or written published newspaper and journal articles.
Love, Marriage and Family Relationships
From clinical research, my professional training, my traditional and biblical values, and from my own personal experience, I know a great deal about healthy love for relationships. I am an expert on single adult dating, and have written a book about this. Marital partnership and romantic intimacy have been passions of mine all my life. I have a large local extended family that celebrates differences together in harmony.
Managing Anxiety, Anger and Depression
I have a variety of techniques I use in the office and homework assignments I give outside the office that are effective in teaching successful, adaptive ways of managing painful emotions. I believe emotions need to be talked out so they are not acted out. In guiding and motivating our behavior, we should believe our beliefs, and feel our feelings.
Addictions: Recovery and Enabling
I have been recovering for over 30 years from an addiction to alcohol, and from my naïve and tragic efforts to fix my loved ones. My recovery did not stop with some variety, but has continued to bless me with serenity, courage and wisdom. I have learned a great deal from working my own 12-step recovery program during these years, and from the counseling I have received to help establish and maintain my recovery period.
Pornography, Infidelity, and Sexual Addiction
My post-doctoral training in treating trauma and addictions has taught me that this culture is rapidly producing epidemic levels of addiction to pornographic and maritally unfaithful behaviors. My shock and dismay that all this is even happening in Christian homes with good marriages has given way to understanding, and I am now armed with the very best methods available for turning these tragic situations around.
Life Coaching and Personal Growth
I love it when my clients or their friends and family come to me to make a good life better. Life coaching does not focus on negative feelings about past failures, but on hopes and efforts toward future goals. It is hard to find role models for the well-balanced life these days, but I have plenty of them. For years I have compiled what I called Brain Food for the Good Life, and you can find them here in my blog, especially in the section on Personal Growth.