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?”

DBT Emotion Regulation: Using Opposite Action for Anxiety

I started a new side gig this weekend with an event company (because most of us need a couple of hustles to pay the bills, ya know what I mean?) I’ve got a bit of a background in bar 🍺 and restaurant management. When I’m in the hospitality zone, there are many aspects of thisContinue reading “DBT Emotion Regulation: Using Opposite Action for Anxiety”

Letting Go of Toxic Love Schemas

A common byproduct of growing up in a toxic environment, is that you approach life with all these assumptions about people and relationships that are just flat out wrong.  As children we are constantly taking in data from our lives and using it to build schemas.  These schemas are basically blueprints – step by step instructionsContinue reading “Letting Go of Toxic Love Schemas”

Speak your Truth! (& clear your throat chakra)

One of my goals for the year is to work on opening my throat chakra. For those of you who don’t speak metaphysics, this is really just a whoo-whoo way of saying – I’m working on the skill of speaking my truth more freely. I like to think my verbal communication skills are on point.Continue reading “Speak your Truth! (& clear your throat chakra)”

Healing thru Hair?!? How my Dreads are Part of my Trauma Journey

My first semester at Texas A&M I regularly crossed paths with this beautiful red-headed woman with dreadlocks.  From the moment I saw her, my spirit was excited by her.  This lovely hippie soul STOOD OUT in the conservative, deep-south of the early 2000’s.  In my mind, she is embodiment of health and self-confidence.  For many years she has actedContinue reading “Healing thru Hair?!? How my Dreads are Part of my Trauma Journey”

Trauma 101: Before You Start Trauma Journey

As scary as the journey can be. The path out of that hell is to choose to face the darkness. For those who are engaging in your own trauma work as part of their 2020 intentions, I’d like to share a few guideposts from my own journey.

How did I end up here?

After two months of mulling over this project, a conversation with my dear friend Phillip helped me realize today was the day to jump in. Hi there! My name is Jamie Schmidt. I’m two weeks away from turning thirty, and my life is a complete wreck. I’m trained as a Licensed Professional Counselor though myContinue reading “How did I end up here?”