Brooke SchmidtAMFT

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If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

Therapy is not a one size fits all. It is okay to try therapy and be hesitant or not vibe with your therapist. It is smart to shop around and to be honest with your therapist(s) to find someone that fits with you. Also, going to therapy will not magically cure you, but it can be helpful to have an outside source supporting you and helping you dive deeper into your issues so you can face them head-on.

What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

Fear. Fear of what others may think of them and fear of the unknowns of therapy. Perhaps even people being fearful of facing what is within them. It can be tough work sometimes, but it is worth it.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I truly believe the client knows best. Although I hold specific expertise, I do encourage clients to take charge and be vocal about their needs. When determining goals, I will first figure out the client's story and their reason for coming to therapy. I will assess based on their story possible goals, but first I ask the client to list out some goals or hopes they have to gain from therapy and provide them with additional goals they may find helpful.



Body image issues


General Expertise




Academic challenges

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Adolescent mental health

Body dysmorphia




First Session


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Training / Certifications

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training

Telehealth: Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Series

CPT Training (Cognitive Processing Therapy)


IL, AMFT, 208000882


Bachelors, Psychology, DePaul University

Masters, Couple & Family Therapy, Adler University

Work History

My experience has mainly been with but is not limited to teens dealing with anxiety, depression, or some sort of trauma. Teen and parent work, sibling work. I have worked with all walks of life and have experience with those in the LGBTQ+ community.


19630 Governors Hwy Ste 8, Flossmoor, 60422, IL