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Dr. Schmitz is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Northern Illinois University and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from the American School of Professional Psychology – Argosy University. Megan has gained experience in the mental health field for approximately 10 years in a variety of settings, including a psychiatric hospital, private practice and in-home intensive treatment. She has worked primarily with adolescents and their families, with a variety of presenting problems including, but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
Megan is a Contextual-Behavioral Psychologist, who specializes in treating Anxiety Disorders. Most recently, she co-developed and programmed the Adolescent Anxiety Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program at Linden Oaks Hospital, which is the only anxiety program in the nation to receive disease-specific certification from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), who particularly appreciated the paradigm shift from Second-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Third-Wave Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition to DBT and ACT, Megan integrates Exposure Therapy in her work. Her goal is to provide clients with concrete skills to manage distress, encouraging them to move towards acceptance of their internal experience and to increase personal accountability for their choices while exerting more purposeful control over their behavior in order to improve both their daily functioning and contact with a full, meaningful life.
Personally, Megan is a mother of two who enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, especially on the water, and having fun exploring new experiences. She actively applies all of concepts she teaches her clients to her own life and truly believes in the value of a mindful existence.