Licensed Associate Counselor & Nutrition Therapist - MS, LAC, CN, CYT, E-RYT
It really matters to me that you feel better.I am Lisa Schmidt, MS, LAC, CN, CEBS, CYT, a Scottsdale, Arizona based licensed associate counselor, nutritional therapist, educator, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Certified Yoga Instructor. I am a passionate advocate for supporting people through the process of change and discovery, with a focus on mental health care, nutrition and stress management. My knowledge of nutrition, the psychology of behavioral change, and medical complications from chronic stress provides guidance for individuals who wish to get better by targeting the root causes of stress. I am a firm believer that a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet combined with mindfulness practices and a positive sense of self is best for your body as a form of natural medicine.I earned two Masters of Science degrees from nationally acclaimed Bastyr University, and am a licensed mental health counselor and Certified Nutritionist, specializing in disordered eating and am a trained meditator with an active yoga and mindfulness practice.
I am a whole foods nutritionist and a trained mental health counselor. As a Mindfulness Consultant, my company Mindful Benefits designs mindfulness-based sustainable interventions for individuals and employers with smart, measurable results. I am an advocate of measuring what matters. Prior to my clinical training, I held executive positions with a large health care system and was directly responsible for the health and well being of 50,000 employees. Other corporate experience includes several years as a director of Weight Watchers International, where my innovative approach to change ignited the success of thousands of people over fourteen years.
My specialty and passion is for traumatic grief and loss counseling, and I have been certified through the Center for Loss and Trauma as a Compassionate Bereavement Provider. Grief is not a mental health condition – I am a compassionate, kind, competent guide for your journey. Contact me if you have lost a child, your partner, spouse, pet, or other beloved family member.
As a yoga therapist, I help you heal through mind-body wisdom. I am a Certified Yoga Instructor and registered with the Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher and a Continuing Education provider. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body focused approach to trauma which is highly effective in resolving PTSD.Affiliations include: the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, The MISS Foundation, the Arizona Humane Society, the Skillful Meditation Project, The Center for Mindful Eating, National Wellness Institute, NutritionFacts.org and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
More information on Lisa and her integrative approach to organizational and personal wellness can be found at Mindful Benefits.
Skills and Expertise
Mindfulness based therapy
severe mental illness
Sleep or Insomnia
Trauma and PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
DBT Informed Therapy
Acceptance Commitment Therapy