Todd Schmenk is a mental health counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety-related issues. His focus areas include general anxiety, panic attacks, chronic health conditions, couples counseling, and performance anxiety.
Todd previously worked as an elementary school teacher, health educator, business wellness executive, a behavioral therapist, and most recently, as a counselor at his private practice, AQAL Therapies. For fun he can be found dancing and teaching dance at Swing Salon.
Todd's main approach is integrally informed, pulling from a variety of tools including Applied Behavioral Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, supported by a strong focus in neuroscience, mindfulness and active lifestyle modification plans.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
WHAT IS AQAL?
AQAL stands for "all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all stages, all states and all types" which is an effective way of assessing six major ways that we develop, perceive and interact with both the internal and external world. Utilizing this approach allows the development of a map, marking where one is, where one would like to be, and the challenges that lie between the two.
Identifying these elements allows for the development of a unique plan or series of steps required to achieve identified goals giving those worked with access to that very specific knowledge and skills required in addressing challenges with an increased rate of success.
WHAT IS INTEGRAL PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Integral Psychotherapy involves the application of Ken Wilber’s AQAL model in the world of psychotherapy. The result is a meta-orientation – a way to connect the central ideas and interventions of the world’s major approaches to psychotherapy. The goal of Integral Psychotherapy is to help us move beyond the limits of postmodern thinking into a truly comprehensive, holistic understanding of mental health and well-being.
ACT (pronounced “act”) is an evidence-based model of psychotherapy that is a branch of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It is similar to CBT in it's structure, with an intentional focus on goals and treatment plans and the use of homework. However, ACT differs from traditional CBT in that it is more focused on mindfulness and aims to increase psychological flexibility. The goal of ACT is to work towards “acceptance” of what is outside of your control and to make a commitment to change things that are inside your control, in order to improve and enrich your life. ACT does this by helping you utilize mindfulness skills to lessen the impact of painful thoughts and feelings that are an inevitable part of life, clarify values, and make conscious steps toward moving in the direction of those values.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Todd is highly skilled therapist that I recommend without hesitation. He offers a warm and welcoming presence, a strong grasp of evidence-based treatments, a focus on creatively personalizing treatment for each person and a deep commitment to helping those he works with heal and thrive."
- Giusita Vitale, Colleague