Ernest Schmidt, MSW

Ernest Schmidt, MSW

Professions: Counseling, Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - LCS 21740
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407 Sherman Ave, Suite C
Palo Alto, California 94306 - United States
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I don't just take notes and mutter, "I see." Your sessions are based on you, filled with the exchange of ideas and solutions, along with a listening ear.

Inside my office you'll find a safe, warm environment where you feel comfortable expressing yourself. After our visit, you'll have a greater understanding of your situation, more motivation to use new coping skills and techniques, along with continued support to improve specific areas of your life. You may even go about your day with a little spring in your step, too!

Read what others have to say about my approach to helping you succeed:

"The counseling I received from you has been a very positive life changing experience for me. I don't like having OCD but it is no longer consuming my life and I really feel like I have made such great progress in squashing it without using medication. I can't thank you enough."

"I really liked my therapist's personality and style. He brought to each session a comfortable blend of enthusiasm, empathy, humor, and practicality."

"I found the homework exercises to be very helpful to me. I've been able to use techniques I have learned from those exercises to slow down my thoughts when problems arise and work through whatever the issue may be, OCD or otherwise."

Email or Call Ernest Schmidt, MSW at 650-461-9026

More Info About My Practice

I would like to personally invite you to give me a call for a free phone consultation. During our phone call, I'd be happy to discuss your questions about the therapy process or your particular area of concern.

My office is located in Palo Alto, California one block south of California Avenue. We have convenient online scheduling, flexible office and session times and also offer group therapy classes for both teens and adults.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in helping children, teens and adults overcome anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, excessive worry and obsessive compulsive problems. Through extensive formal education and training, as well as life experience, I focus on results-driven therapy so you can visualize results and get the peace of mind you deserve.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

Deciding to meet with me or one of our therapists at Palo Alto Therapy is an important time in your life. We know you're trusting us with your most protected struggles and we congratulate you on your choice.

My goal is to give you access to behavioral therapy methods that have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety while taking advantage of accelerated success rates.

Many people just like you have completed treatment with concrete solutions for tackling challenges, increased confidence in facing life's ups and downs and most importantly, more hope and excitement for the future.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


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Groups I Work With

    I work with adults of all ages, teens and children. My focus is on helping you through your depression, anxiety and/or stress related concerns.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

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