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Professional Psychotherapy &

Assessment Services  

​Sven Schild, PhD, SEP, TCC

Personal Philosophy & Therapeutic Approach

I believe that each person is unique and therefore requires an individual approach to treatment. My goal is to create a therapeutic environment that allows each client to reach his or her full potential. Through a process of empathy and understanding, I strive to help my clients make changes in their lives that are consistent with who they are. Psychotherapy is a unique opportunity to engage in personal growth. Whether you have long-standing psychological problems or simply would like to learn more about yourself, therapy can help you to manage your symptoms more effectively, develop new life-skills, and gain a deeper understanding about yourself and your environment. 

In order to meet my client’s unique needs, I use a variety of evidence based treatment approaches including, but not limited to:

  • Humanistic: Emphasizes human uniqueness, self-awareness, positive qualities, and personal growth by stressing current reality and by analyzing and altering specific patterns of response to help a person realize his or her full potential.

  • EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy: Evidence based treatment for trauma and PTSD. It is an eight phase treatment that focuses on reprocessing memories  that were "unresolved and locked" in the brain. The memory may still be there, but without the incapacitating intense emotions. (To learn more about EMDR, please click HERE.)

  • ACT -  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:  Is a scientifically based psychotherapy that tries to helps people learn strategies to live life more in the present moment and to be more focused on important values and goals, instead of being focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. 
  • SE - Somatic Experiencing is a body-centered approach to treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that, rather than focusing only on thoughts or emotions associated with a traumatic event, expands to include the natural bodily (somatic) responses.

  • Mindfulness: Involves learning techniques to self-regulate one’s attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience (e.g., one's current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings), thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. (For guided mindfulness exercises, please visit the resource page.)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral or CBT: An action-oriented form of psychosocial therapy that assumes that maladaptive or faulty, thinking patterns cause maladaptive behavior and “negative” emotions.