Ernest Schmidt, LCSW #21470

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, with a specific focus 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.



  • Adults (18+ years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual


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

Special Interests

  • Business Coaching
  • OCD

Experience 15+ years


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • TEAM CBT (David Burns)

Intensive Study/Specialization

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What People Are Saying About Ernest…

Ernie is an excellent listener, engaged, and passionate about helping his patients. Thank you!

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I had no belief in the efficacy of psychotherapy but after experiencing Mr. Schmidt’s weekly sessions my feelings about therapy changed. I found it quite helpful.

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What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)?

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. 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