About The Growlery

Hi! I’m so glad you have found The Growlery and I am excited to help you find your refuge in therapy--whether that place is with me, or another therapy provider. Finding the right therapist who is a good fit for you is one of the most important decisions you get to make in life. To help you in this decision process, here is some information about me, my background, and my practice philosophy.

 
 
 Lexi Schmidt, PhD, LP

Lexi Schmidt, PhD, LP

Why "The Growlery" ?

To answer one of the first questions asked by friends and colleagues when I told them I had landed on a name for my practice--no, The Growlery has nothing to do with beer :) The practice name actually reflects my philosophy toward therapy and what I want to provide for you in our sessions.

As a self-described language-loving nerd, I stumbled on the name when exploring the Phrontistery's Dictionary of Obscure Words, a list of outdated and antiquated terms and phrases. The word "growlery" comes from Charles Dickens' Bleak House (Chapter 8):

    “Sit down, my dear,” said Mr Jarndyce. “This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of  humour, I come and growl here.” ...“When I am deceived or disappointed in — the wind, and its Easterly, I take refuge here. The Growlery is the best used room in the house.”

Reaching out for help can be terrifying, especially if you have had negative experiences with therapists in the past. I want you to feel that therapy is your place in the world where you can be 100% yourself without fear of judgment. At the Growlery, I work to create your refuge in therapy.

MY APPROACH TO THERAPY

If we work together, I will take the time to get to know you and make sure that I understand your individual background, history, and culture. I ensure that each person receives services that are tailored to their specific needs and therapy goals. I do not provide cooker-cutter,  one-size-fits-all therapy!

 We won't actually use raccoons in our work together, but I have shameless love of cute animal photos.

We won't actually use raccoons in our work together, but I have shameless love of cute animal photos.

There are certain theories and techniques I use to guide my therapy process and help you toward your goals. When we consider the problems you are having in life, I take an integrative and holistic approach to understanding them--knowing that the mind and body are connected, it is often important to incorporate and consider options for helping you feel physically well, as well as mentally and emotionally. This may involve referring you and/or consulting with your existing providers including psychiatrists, nutritionists, physicians, acupuncturists, and other bodywork professionals.

I approach therapy with you in a collaborative way. This means we work together to figure out what you want to change in your life and find a way to get you there. This may involve talking more to explore how patterns and behaviors in your life developed. I integrate a variety of specific therapy techniques including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness. 

With these tools, you increase awareness and understanding of yourself and your emotions, identify ways of looking at and thinking about the world that may be problematic for you, and learn and implement coping skills and strategies to make real, lasting changes in your life. My goal in therapy is to eventually work  myself out of a job:  I want you to leave therapy with the tools to feel satisfied and in control of your life, and with the ability to continue making positive changes in yourself and the lives of those around you.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

I am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota (#LP6109) and have my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri - Columbia. My training emphasized the use of empirically supported treatment--therapy approaches that have been researched and shown to make real, measurable change in people’s lives--and a focus on multicultural competence and diversity.

My experiences helping people in the community include work at a domestic violence shelter, career counseling and student health services, and community mental health clinics. I have provided therapeutic services to children, adults, and families from all different walks of life and practice understanding people in their own context rather than making assumptions about them. My colleagues describe me as open-minded, empathetic, approachable, and adventurous and I use these strengths to provide a safe, secure space for you as we embark on a journey together.

I also constantly strive to further my knowledge and understanding in psychology so I have the best tools available to help you. Professional development is one of the most important aspects of my job and I make sure to attend conferences, workshops, and trainings to stay up-to-date in the field. Currently, I am enrolled in Bessel van der Kolk’s Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Center and many of my clients have endured one or many traumas in their lifetime.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

I grew up in the Midwest and returned to Minnesota after completing my doctoral program in Missouri. Despite my more-southern friends’ protests about the cold, the Twin Cities has and will always be my favorite home.

In my free time, I like to enjoy our beautiful state parks and will often take long weekends for camping trips in the more tolerable seasons. I also love playing and listening to music and while I am no longer actively involved in any professional gigs, I believe music can be an amazingly therapeutic tool and find that many of my clients feel the same. Finally, I am self-confessed crazy cat lady and currently live with four wonderful kitties--don’t worry, the humans still outnumber the cats ;)