Joel Schmidt, MA, LMHC

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Finding the right fit for therapy is so important! I might be a good fit for working with you if...
  • You're feeling "stuck", wanting to move forward, and are seeking change, but are lacking a sense of direction
  • You  are struggling with anxiety, depression, lack of motivation, or low self-esteem
  • You are in a current job or relationship that is unsatisfying, but aren't sure how to make a change
  • You are single and struggling to find a happy and healthy relationship
  • You are having a hard time coping with a recent breakup or divorce
  • You're having a hard time finding happiness, fulfillment, and meaning
  • You're seeking therapy from a secular perspective with use of evidence-based practices

Please watch my introduction video below, which will give you a better idea about issues I can help you with and my approach to therapy.

My Office 
My office is located in the Carrollwood area of Tampa at 13801 N Dale Mabry Hwy.  In my upstairs office, there is a small waiting area in a low-traffic area, which helps provide for a private, quiet, and relaxed setting. 
My approach
My approach to therapy is very collaborative.  This means, we'll work together to identify problem areas, establish goals,  and develop a plan to make positive and lasting changes.  Throughout the process, you'll learn more about yourself, learn new ways of thinking and behaving, and explore things you can start doing right away to see positive results.  In my office, you're always in a non-judgmental setting where your confidentiality is a top priority.  We'll only move at a pace you're comfortable with. 
Benefits of Counseling
  • Increased self-awareness and insight.  You'll learn more about yourself and why you do the things you do. 
  • Healthier thinking. You'll find new ways to frame and deal with difficulties in your life.
  • Privacy. Therapy is confidential.  This means you can talk about things and work on issues that you might not want to share with family or friends.
  • Objectivity.  In therapy, you get feedback from an unbiased and objective perspective. This can be hard to find outside of the counseling setting. 
  •  Expertise.  You'll learn skills and strategies from a trained professional.
  •  Relief.  Dealing with and talking about unresolved problems, provides a great deal of relief and can lead to decreased stress/anxiety and an improved overall sense of well-being. Although some issues can take time to fully work through, most people find some benefit immediately. 

Costs, Frequency of Sessions, and Duration
Therapy sessions are about 50-60 minutes long and cost $120.00.  I offer a free phone consultation.  I do not accept insurance, but because it's important that you get the help you need, I'll help you seek reimbursement from your insurance company if you have out-of-network benefits.  
Therapy sessions typically occur once weekly, but can be adjusted to meet your needs depending on your need.  The duration of therapy varies and depends on issues needing to be addressed and rate at which progress is made.  Some people find that a few sessions are all they need, while others continue for months to work on deeper issues or to maintain ongoing support. 
What to Expect and How to Get Started
I understand that starting counseling isn't always easy. Whether you've done therapy before or are giving it a try for the first time, I'll walk you through the steps and ensure that the process is as smooth, easy, and comfortable is possible.  Below are the steps to take to get started.
1. You can send me a message or you can call or text 727-258-5231.  I'll just ask you to share as much or little as you feel comfortable with regarding reasons for starting counseling. 
2. We'll schedule your first appointment.
3. I'll send you an email with a link to review and sign necessary paperwork electronically. It's easy and doesn't take that long.
4. We meet for our first session. The first session allows us to get to know one another a little bit.  We'll discuss problem areas you're hoping to resolve and establish goals that will help us develop a plan to move forward. 

I have flexible office hours that make it easy to work around your schedule.  I have morning, mid-day, evening, and Saturday morning time-slots.
Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Joel Schmidt Reaches

Tampa FL