Todd Schmenk M.S., M.Ed.
Todd Schmenk M.S., M.Ed.
|Professions: Life Coach, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMHC|
Billing and Insurance
I am an in-network provider for:
Fees: $152 for initial 1-hour session.
$100 for each additional 50 minute session.
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For all my interventions and interactions, the ultimate goal is in using techniques such as reflection, pattern recognition and being able to be fully present in the moment to develop a level of awareness where a solution often presents itself, making something that was implicit, explicit. I firmly believe that such an approach is critical not only in addressing current issues but required in order to sustain such results as well as to generalize such results across other similar circumstances.
My theoretical orientation is an integrative approach that blends my knowledge and experience of behavioral and humanistic approaches to meet the needs of each person I work with and their unique issues and symptoms. I draw upon 18 years of behavioral modification, health education, clinical experience and use of a solution focused, motivational approach paired synergistically with my more recently acquired humanistic skills, specifically Gestalt and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). This allows for the ability to meet each individual where they are, build a rapport, identify incongruities and developing actions points that ultimately guide those I work with in reaching their desired outcomes.
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More Info About My Practice
I also utilize and rely heavily upon the tenants of Integral philosophy (all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states and all types) which is a comprehensive summary of the fundamental perspectives of the human experience and based upon decades of research in several disciplines.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Given the focus of my past roles within various health organization including the Cleveland Clinic, the York City Bureau of Health, Provant Health as well as other mental health agencies, I am specifically experienced in working with eating disorders (weight management/body-image), anxiety disorders (OCD/panic), chronic health issues (Crohn's/Cancer) and couples counseling.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I hear this one a lot. "I was unsure of whether to come in and try this, but I am glad I did". There is still a certain degree of uncertainty of committing to the counseling process. There are a lot of stereotypes and negative beliefs about the what happens in a therapy session, but I think this is due to a vague understanding of what therapy truly means. You cannot see the mind nor emotions like you can a physical injury or illness and so it is much more difficult to take action. Just like the physical body, there are some cuts that you just would not be able to fix with a band aid and the same can be said for psychological injuries. The first example would mean going to a doctor, the second a therapist. I invite you to think of it that way, just going in to get some help like you would if you broke your toe. One way to know if you have an "emotional cut or bruise" is to become aware if the emotional state is a constant, or if it goes away quickly. If you have been dealing with it for a long time, then seeking help would be beneficial. If you broke your leg, would you just try to walk it off? Probably not. So why would you do the same for an anxious stomach or a broken heart?
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
What every person can offer and how every person interact with one another can sometimes lead to a therapist and a patient being mismatched and lead to a negative or apathetic therapeutic experience. While there are some things that a therapist can do to try and minimize this, sometimes the pairing just does not fit. To account for this I am up front about how I would like to proceed. I am action oriented. I like to explore and have you discover and test your own solutions, offering suggestions that have worked for others in your situation but will refer you if at any time you are not comfortable with the proceedings or if I believe you might benefit from another.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The time dedicated the therapeutic process is different for everyone and can vary quite dramatically. With that being stated, I tend to align with the BRIEF in the solution focused brief therapy approach and typically work with individuals over 12-15 45 minute sessions. Sometimes it is shorter (like 6) sometimes it is longer. The frequency is usually greater in the beginning, but later tends to move to once a month. At first there is the gathering of information, skill acquisition if needed and implementation or practicing of the skills. Later session tend to reinforce, identify success and validate actions until the skill becomes second nature.
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Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Those dealing with a newly diagnosed chronic health issue such as Crohn's
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