Gerald M. Schmidt, M.A., LP

Gerald SchmidtAbout Me

I have been a practicing psychologist for more than 30 years and have been licensed since 1984. I am married and have two grown children. I first became interested in clinical psychology as an undergraduate, during which time I volunteered at a local community mental health center. I truly love my work and cannot imagine doing anything else. Photography, travel, golf, fishing, and reading are among my interests. We have lived in Mankato for more than 30 years and previously lived in Nebraska and Indiana.

Education

I earned my bachelors degree from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, where I majored in educa-tion and psychology and minored in theology. After college graduation, I taught in a Lutheran elementary school in southern Indiana. I earned my Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I became licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota in 1984 and then attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where I completed virtually all the requirements for a Ph.D. in psychology except a doctoral thesis.

Work Experience

My original career objective was to manage a community mental health system of care. I completed a graduate placement at Minnesota Security Hospital. I was then hired there as a staff psychologist and stayed there four years, during which time I obtained my license to practice psychology. I then began my doctoral work at the U of M. As I neared completion of that degree, I had the mixed blessing of attaining my career objective in 1986, when I was hired as the mental health program manager for Blue Earth County (Mankato). I continued in that position until 2000. After 14 years in that position, I decided to return to direct clinical work. I joined Eunoia at its Mankato location in March 2016.

Therapeutic Philosophy

I primarily practice cognitive behavioral therapy. Our everyday thoughts, core personal beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world around us, and how we react to difficulties deeply influence our quality of life. I think good psychotherapy begins with sound clinical education and training, but the most critical factor in psychotherapy outcomes is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. Therapy focuses on client difficulties as well as client strengths. Effective therapy is, I believe, contingent on establishing and maintaining good therapeutic rapport with each client, understanding the uniqueness of each client, and collaborating with each client on desired outcomes of therapy and how we can achieve them, largely by focusing on managing automatic thoughts, addressing core personal beliefs, and functional vs. dysfunctional behaviors. We will discuss how you came to your current situation, what you have already done to try to help yourself, and what you want from therapy. Therapy is deeply personal and individually tailored to each client. I consider it a privilege each time I meet with any client. Seeing clients successfully make their desired changes is my greatest reward.

Services Provided
  • Behavior Management Problems
  • Christian Counseling
  • Couples Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Life Adjustment Difficulties
  • Psychological Evaluations and Psychological Testing
    • Achievement
    • Aptitudes
    • Cognitive Functioning
    • Interests
    • Personality
  • Sexual Abuse Victims

Gerald Schmidt, M.A., LP, is located in our Mankato and Gaylord offices and offers services to ages 5 and up.