Monte Schmidt, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Men, Women & Couples
Welcome…and thanks for taking a look at my bio page!
In order to help you in your search for a counselor, 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. 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.
Philosophy & Approach
My training and personal approach to therapy honors the various parts of personhood including the emotional, relational, psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of each person. My work involves collaborating with people using relational tools and processes that have been shown effective for enhancing communication and resolving conflict. I also have extensive 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. As a general rule, those who are willing to practice new approaches in addressing issues they are facing are able to make the improvements they desire.
I have been providing educational, leadership, spiritual and counseling services to individuals, couples, families and organizations for over 30 years and believe change is best facilitated in safe, relational settings where people feel heard and empowered.
What You Can Expect
I like to schedule a short phone call to begin with so we can briefly discuss a few details upfront to ensure that a first meeting is appropriate. A typical first session consists of you beginning to share about yourself and your reasons for seeking counseling services. I will also share more about me and my approach to counseling and we can discuss what working together towards your goals would look like. If, after this first meeting, you are not convinced that I am the best fit for you, I will be happy to provide you with the names of other counselors who may have the training, expertise or characteristics which are a better fit for you and what you are looking for.
If after a first meeting you feel I am a good fit for you I will then do my best to provide 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 that empowering clients to make decisions about therapy to be an important part of feeling safe and confident with me as a counselor.
Education and Training
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University.
My training and 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 have completed major graduate coursework in Human Growth and Development, Marriage & Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Human Sexuality & Sexual Intimacy, Psychopathology, Spiritual Healing and Integration, Group Counseling, Restoration Therapy, Addiction and Substance Abuse Recovery, Ethics, and Adoption/Foster Care Attachment issues. I am also a certified Marriage Strong and Restoration Therapy facilitator.
Fees & Cancelation Policy
My fee is $165 for a 50-minute session. Payment is made up front for each session. I do not accept insurance at this time, but can provide reimbursement receipts. 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.
Please contact me at 503-983-7875 if you have questions or would like to schedule a 10-minute introductory phone call.