Brandi Schmitt

Clinical Director


Brandi Schmitt is an EMDR-trained Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), in our Waterloo office. Brandi takes a strengths-based, culturally-sensitive approach to counseling. While she prefers to work collaboratively to tailor therapy to meet each client’s unique needs, Brandi tends to enjoy treatment modalities such as Emotion Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR. As an LMHC, Brandi’s diverse interest areas include: survivors of trauma/sexual abuse, grief and loss, personality disorders, low self-esteem, attachment issues, depression, and anxiety. Brandi enjoys empowering clients to rediscover their own unique strengths and resources as a means to promote healing.


  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals


  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline Personality
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief
  • LGBT Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Intervention
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)

Meet Brandi Schmitt


Ames and Waterloo.
Insurance Accepted
  • Amerigroup
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • HealthPartners
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • United Healthcare


  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

A Sense of Curiosity

One of my favorite aspects of my job is getting to learn and connect with the various parts of my clients, even the parts that may be perceived as painful or have been carefully tucked away. These parts bring value and deserve to take a seat at the table.

Giving Oneself Grace & Compassion

Life can be difficult all on its own without any self-shaming. I therefore value empowering clients to speak to themselves with compassion and offer themselves grace to simply be human.

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Mental Health Tips

I Know Logically…And Yet I Feel…

As I sit across from my clients, whether it be in person or via telehealth, the heaviness of the burdens my clients carry becomes all too clear. Many clients report feeling simply exhausted by the… (Click for full article)