Dr. Schmitt is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in Psychology from Bradley University. Dr. Schmitt went on to receive her doctorate with honors in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical training sites have included Hartgrove Hospital, Lake Forest College Counseling Center and Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center. Dr. Schmitt has completed extensive post-graduate training at the Postpartum Stress Center and with Postpartum Support International. Dr. Schmitt is a perinatal mental health certified (PMH-C) provider by Postpartum Support International.
Dr. Schmitt 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 the adjustment to parenthood, infertility, perinatal loss, birth trauma, NICU experiences, and medical complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. She also works with college students, couples and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, 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. She works with clients to manage symptoms and stressors more effectively, to enhance self-awareness, to discover their inner strength and resilience 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. As a clinician, she sees each individual client as a unique person. Given this, she tailors her therapeutic approach to each client’s needs and to each client’s strengths. By providing comprehensive psychological care and working collaboratively with clients, Dr. Schmitt is confident that clients can reach optimal health and wellness.
Dr. Schmitt is professionally affiliated with the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, The Alliance of Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Facilitators in Northern Illinois, Postpartum Support International and Postpartum Support International-Illinois Chapter.