works with adults 21 years of age and older. Dr. Schimmel helps people experiencing depression, anxiety and panic, stress, anger problems, trauma, low self-esteem, and major life transitions (such as separation and divorce, death, relocation, job changes). He also counsels individuals with alcohol and substance use problems, as well as other addictive behaviors (such as sex and pornography, video games, gambling). Dr. Schimmel can help with relapse prevention, enhancing recovery, and addressing co-dependency. Dr. Schimmel also works with couples dealing with communication issues, infidelity, and intimacy problems.
Dr. Schimmel generally uses a short-term, cognitive-behavior therapy approach geared toward identifying and changing self-defeating thought and behavior patterns, reducing symptoms, and improving quality of life. Dr. Schimmel also uses a variety of other approaches for helping people with addiction issues, trauma recovery, damaged relationships and personal growth.
Dr. Schimmel received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware in 1985. He completed internship training at the VA Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship in Preventive/Behavioral Medicine at The Methodist Hospital Institute for Preventive Medicine, both in Houston, Texas. Dr. Schimmel has been licensed to practice psychology in the State of Washington since 1990. Dr. Schimmel was listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (1988-2015). Dr. Schimmel earned a Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders in 1996, from the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology. He was also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (1995-2001).
Dr. Schimmel has been active in the professional community serving on the Board of Trustees (2004-2014) and as President of the Allied Health Professional Staff (1993-94) at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland. He also served as Executive Board Secretary of the Washington State Psychological Association (1990-93).
Dr. Schimmel has been in private practice since 1985 and co-founded Sammamish Valley Psychological Services in 1990.