One who knows others is wise. One who knows self is enlightened.
Tao Te Ching
Michael Schneider, Ph.D.
Licensed to Practice in Illinois and Missouri
I am a clinical psychologist who is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri. I have 25 years of experience in different clinical settings in both urban and rural areas. I received my doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1987. I have worked with adolescents and parents a great deal during my career and have a special interest in effective and holistic stress management. I believe that we all have the potential to live happier lives even though we sometimes needs outside help to help us get on the right track. I am dedicated to creating a partnership with each of my clients so that you may be assisted in realizing your true self and true potential. (Back to top)
I do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability. I have worked extensively with minority populations in my previous positions. My office is handicapped accessible. (Back to top)
Many of my clients utilize their insurance to help pay for his services. I am on a number of insurance panels. Check with your insurance provider to find out if I am an in-network or out-of-network provider and to see if psychological services are a covered benefit. Also, please check to see if you need pre-authorization for services. Some companies will not reimburse for sessions that have not been pre-authorized. My fee schedule is as follows:
I help my clients deal with a variety of personal, family, marital and life issues. I recognizes that life does not take a "time out" so that we can figure out how to feel better. Examples of personal issues can include stress, grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, urges to self-harm, anger management, identity and sexual issues. Other issues can involve family conflicts, traumatic experiences such as sexual assault and accidents, financial stresses and stresses from legal issues. Other related concerns might be stress management, difficulty with motivation, concentration problems, conflicts with co-workers, associates and neighbors, among others. (Back to top)
In very simple terms, you might benefit from counseling if you are not happy with the way your life is going and nothing you try seems to make it better. Counseling is a means of figuring out how to take more effective control of your life. Asking for counseling does not mean you are "crazy". In fact, knowing that you would be better off if you tried something different is an excellent indicator of healthy thinking. Dr. William Glasser has said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The bottom line: if you want to feel better, consider giving counseling a chance. You are free to quit at any time if it does not help you move closer to your goals. (Back to top)
Absolutely! Psychotherapy is a service intended to assist you in whatever manner is helpful and appropriate. I recognize that asking for help may feel strange or disconcerting at first and that it is sometimes helpful to bring along a friend for support. In fact, small group counseling with you and several friends is an option you might want to consider. (Back to top)
No. Medications can be prescribed only by licensed physicians and psychiatrists. Some clients are prescribed medication by their primary care physician. I maintain a list of psychiatrists in the Quincy area and can facilitate a referral if necessary. (Back to top)
While the "medical model" is the dominant model in modern mental health treatment the truth is that there are almost always a variety of alternatives to taking medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which can be described as "talk therapy", has been shown to produce lasting changes in brain functioning as well as behavior. A variety of lifestyle, emotional or behavioral habits can be changed as part of the process of taking greater control over oneís own life and these have been shown to result in feeling better. Improving relationships with the most important people in your life is an especially effective means of helping you feel better. At the same time, medications can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy or counseling. Sometimes medications might be useful for getting through a particularly hard time in your life. I am more than willing to work with people who are taking medication, or with individuals who would prefer not to rely on them for any number of reasons. (Back to top)
I recognize the importance of specialized training and experience when working with certain problems. When a client requires a specialized treatment program or mental health specialist, I can help facilitate a referral to a local provider or help you identify a provider in the region that can better address your particular issue. Three examples: Great River Recovery Resources has licensed and credentialed professionals who provide substance abuse treatment. Quanadaís staff has specific expertise in counseling and advocating for individuals who have been sexually assaulted or been victims of domestic violence. Inpatient and residential treatment programs for severe or life-threatening eating disorders are available in St. Louis and elsewhere. (Back to top)
Hospitalization for emotional or behavioral problems should be considered a "last ditch" effort to keep an individual safe. It is rare, though it can happen, for a client to need hospitalization and it occurs only when all other available options and resources have been considered. Screening for hospitalization is likely to occur following a suicidal gesture or attempt, but not necessarily after talking about thoughts of harming oneself. The vast majority of adults have thought about suicide at some point in their life and most of them did not require hospitalization. Counseling can often help you avoid a need for hospitalization, especially if you ask for assistance at an early stage. (Back to top)
All of my professional services are provided in a confidential manner that follows the regulations established by the Federal governmentís Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, professional licensing regulations and the ethical code set forth by the American Psychological Association. Limits to confidentiality (e.g., child abuse and neglect must be reported, suicidal intent or intent to harm others requires notification of appropriate parties to prevent harm) are discussed with each client before counseling begins. Apart from identified exceptions, I am prohibited from informing anyone of your counseling or therapy services without your written consent. (Back to top)
Absolutely! I am available for public speaking engagements to provide a variety of Wellness and educational programs. Examples of Wellness programs might be stress management, relaxation training, mindfulness and learning to meditate. Educational and skill building programs might focus on responding to parenting issues, abusive relationships, understanding and improving motivation, self-injury, depression and anger. (Back to top)