Ernest Schmidt, LCSW – Owner

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Ernest Schmidt, LCSW, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy

Ages: Adults (18+ years)

Type of Therapy: Individual
Experience: 15+ years

Ernest Schmidt, LCSW – Owner

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Since 1996, Palo Alto Therapy founder and author of Tackling Anxiety Ernest Schmidt has dedicated his professional life to helping people work past problems for happier, more fulfilled lives, specifically focusing on anxiety problems and OCD. With a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Pacific, a Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley, certification in Cognitive Therapy from the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and OCD certification through the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Ernest draws from both life experience and extensive training for effective results-oriented sessions. Under Ernest’s direct and personable approach, clients see both a short-term impact and lifelong changes, all without the commitment of long-term counseling.

As a previous tenured faculty member at Foothill College, Ernest provided personal counseling for students and taught courses on stress management and emotional wellness. In his free time, Ernest relaxes by gardening, traveling, playing tennis, and going on walks across the Bay Area’s many natural wonders with his wife and three children.


  • Anxiety
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • OCD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia
  • Stress

Special Interests:

  • Business Coaching
  • OCD


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • TEAM CBT (David Burns)

Intensive Study/Specialization:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Clinical social workers provide mental health services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in individuals, families, and groups. Their goal is to enhance and maintain their patients’ physical, psychological, and social function.

Educational requirements

Clinical social workers must have a master’s or doctorate degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical experience. They must undergo a supervised clinical field internship and have at least 2 years of postgraduate supervised clinical social work employment. Before full licensure, LCSWs are called “Associates”. Clinical social workers are approved providers in most insurance and managed care plans, and practice in the following settings:

  • Private practice
  • Medical facilities (e.g., hospitals)
  • Mental health clinics