Ellie Schmidt, Psy.D.
Supervised by Emily Kerzin, Ph.D.
“…love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence, then any society which excludes, relatively, the development of love, must in the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities of human nature.”
-Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving, 1956
As a therapist to adults with acute or chronic distress, I use intentional listening, a humanistic therapeutic presence, and a relational-cultural style to inform the therapy work of relationship building, improving quality of clients’ emotional life, and healing from traumas. Strengths of my training have been high frequency work with clients experiencing adjustment difficulties, long-lasting or lifelong relationship troubles, and managing mental illnesses in young adulthood while working towards life goals.
I view psychological healing as the work of integrating parts of ourselves to feel more present, more whole, more fulfilled, and connected to other people, and to our spiritual selves. With active participation from both client and therapist, emotion focused therapies and trauma informed practices are at the foundation of how I use interpersonal work to create room to explore wished for change in a client’s life, and to enhance a sense of well-being and hope along that journey.
Managing Illness and Health Psychology
When a person is diagnosed with, and then has to accommodate the management of a chronic illness in his or her life, supported and strong mental health is an aid to a good quality of life. In my training, much of my focus incorporated grounding mindfulness elements, and internally focused therapies, both of which can be of value to clients managing chronic illnesses. I also have experience working with people who are caregivers, and clients who are experiencing the terminal illnesses of family members.
I was born and grew up in Europe, where my formative years were spent in England. My formal education in a progressive and empowering rural school informed my interest in history, mythology, the arts, and outdoor enthusiasm. I attended a liberal arts college in Massachusetts as an undergraduate, and focused on teaching theory and education psychology before entering a doctoral program in clinical psychology at William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). Spending time adventuring with my golden retriever Sounder brings me to nature, which is a source of joy and renewal for me. I am also an avid fan and lifelong learner of meditation practices from around the globe.