Walking the Middle Path during COVID-19

March 11th was the last day my life resembled normal. On March 12, I worked my final shift at my event gig, but the city was beginning to go into lockdown and a whopping 3 people showed up. In the 7 weeks that has passed, life has been both everything and nothing like what IContinue reading “Walking the Middle Path during COVID-19”

DBT Skills for COVID-19

The world is feeling an unprecedented amount of anxiety. Everyone’s life has been turned upside down. Many are struggling to deal with negative emotions. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills provide a framework for understanding and managing emotions. So as the world is rapidly changing (and I have felt absolutely zero inspiration to blog at thisContinue reading “DBT Skills for COVID-19”

Missed Opportunities for Growth

It’s no secret 2019 was not good to me… I got stuck in a trauma loop, I felt like the rug got pulled out from under my feet & I am now in a place of completely rebuilding. I’m currently two months into my phoenix moment. As I go through my days, I find lifeContinue reading “Missed Opportunities for Growth”

What kind of change do you need?

Understanding the difference between 1st & 2nd order change.Originally published January 5, 2019 on jamieschmidtlpc.com With the New Year upon us, many of us find ourselves in a time of self-reflection and intention setting for the upcoming year. While some find it cliché, I love using the New Year as a distinct starting point forContinue reading “What kind of change do you need?”

Build Mastery to Battle Depression

Yesterday morning I repaired my broken vacuum cleaner. I purchased it in May of last year & it had quit working in October.  Unfortunately I had lost the receipt during the craziness of last summer.  So even though it was still under warranty, I knew I would have trouble getting it replaced/fixed.  I asked my ex toContinue reading “Build Mastery to Battle Depression”

Confessions of a Recovering Control Freak

The warranty on my car is about to run out & it has been having a couple of intermittent issues. Since I didn’t have any face-to-face sessions or parties booked for my side gig this week, I thought I’d save a couple of hundred bucks by not getting a rental that I didn’t really need.Continue reading “Confessions of a Recovering Control Freak”

A Spiritual Pilgrimage on Your Journey to Wellness

Faith is a touchy topic for me. While my trauma history (and other events of my childhood) left me distrusting of organized religious practice, my understanding of mental health accepts that spirituality is a vital component of a wellness driven life. I’ve got plenty of personal hangups regarding the Christian faith. The events of myContinue reading “A Spiritual Pilgrimage on Your Journey to Wellness”

DBT Mindfulness What Skills: Observe, Describe, Participate

Mindfulness is the act of being fully #present to the current moment. In DBT we focus on letting go of judgments and the need to see things as right/wrong. Each moment is just as it should be. DBT breaks mindfulness into six core components Think of the What Skills as Levels of Mindfulness You canContinue reading “DBT Mindfulness What Skills: Observe, Describe, Participate”

Letting Go of Childhood Trauma

A client asked me the other day “How do I really let go of all this shit?” My response was to ask her some questions requiring further self analysis. Really though I was stumped by the inquiry. I don’t have a quick easy DBT trick for this like I do in a lot of situations.Continue reading “Letting Go of Childhood Trauma”

A Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Love & Dating

Originally posted on Jamieschmidtlpc.com/blog February 19, 2019. Ah, I don’t know how I missed this one on my V-day series this year!!! So here it is a week late. Still totally valid 😊 As an empath and emotionally sensitive individual, I thought I would share some reflections on love 💗 and romantic relationships in honorContinue reading “A Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Love & Dating”