Monte Schmidt, MA, LPC Intern
Serving Men, Women, & Couples
Philosophy & Approach
The thought of therapy can bring about a wide range of emotions from excitement to fear. It takes courage to step out and begin the search to find someone who will be able to help you as well as someone you can feel safe with. This task of choosing a therapist can be difficult as there as so many options and many seem to have similar credentials. In order to help prospective clients with their search, I’ve tried to provide as much information as possible about who I am, how I work, what you can expect, and what may or may not make me a good fit for you, your partner or your family. I am happy to provide a free 10-minute phone consultation to give you the opportunity to ask questions and see if working with me is a good fit for you. Please feel free to contact me at 503-983-7875.
My training and personal approach to therapy honors all aspects of personhood including: behaviors, emotions, thoughts, and the physical and spiritual aspects of each person. Part of my work involves collaborating with people to use relational tools that have been shown effective for enhancing communication and resolving conflict. I also have demonstrated experience helping people resolve forgiveness issues and in restoring hope. In a safe environment of compassion and grace, I believe people are able to work through their concerns. People who are willing to practice new approaches in addressing their issues can generally make the improvements they desire.
My clinical specialties include working with issues such as depression, anxiety, men’s issues, marital conflict, parenting skills, trust building, attachment issues, emotional regulation, church/spiritual abuse, and adoption related issues.I utilize an integrated approach when helping people and often draw upon Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Strengths Based, Emotionally Focused and Restoration Therapy approaches.
What You Can Expect
After our initial contact via phone or email, the next step is to fill out the paperwork you will be provided and to bring it to your first session. The first session typically consists of you sharing your story with me and telling me why you are seeking counseling services. I will ask several questions in order to better get to know you and your goals for therapy. Often people think therapy can be a quick fix for complex issues, so I want to caution you that solutions can often take time. I advise patience with yourself, your partner and your family.
My hope is that you will experience counseling to be a safe environment where you feel comfortable to explore all the things contributing to what you are seeking counseling for in the first place. I am a transparent person and therapist which means I am willing to be as open as possible about the therapeutic process and the facilitation of change. I find empowering clients to make decisions about therapy and the entire process is an important part of feeling safe with me as a counselor. Some clients may need just a few sessions to address a minor concern, others may be coming in after several years of significant personal struggles, the amount of time spent in therapy varies widely from person to person. With this in mind, many people begin to experience positive outcomes within the first 3-6 sessions.
My Education and Training
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University and completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University. I have been providing educational, leadership, spiritual and counseling services to individuals, couples and organizations for over 28 years.
I have completed major graduate coursework in Human Growth and Development, Marriage & Family Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Human Sexuality & Sexual Intimacy, Psychopathology, Group Counseling, Restoration Therapy Level 1 Certified Training, Substance Abuse, Ethics, and Spiritual Integration. I am also a certified Marriage Strong facilitator and have completed Level 1 training in Restoration Therapy.
Continuing Education and Supervision
I am currently a registered LPC intern in the state of Oregon. During the coming years, I will work toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (#R-5761). The title “registered intern” means that I am in the process of completing a graduate program in the mental health field. As a registered intern, I work with clients while being supervised by a licensed mental health professional. In addition to meeting regularly with my supervisor, I am also committed to seeking consultation with other mental health professionals as needed. My supervisor’s name is Alex Rankin, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor #C3348), and he can be contacted by phone at 503-568-1510. I am happy to further explain my supervision requirements if you would like.
Fees & Cancelation Policy
My fees are $125 per 50-minute session and $185 per 80-minute session. Payment is made up front for each session. I do not accept insurance at this time. I accept Visa, MasterCard, personal checks or cash. In the event you need to cancel your session, please contact me within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment to avoid being charged for the session.