Hello, my name is Natasha; however, I go by Tasha.
I am currently a Licensed Social Worker while obtaining the hours required to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I provide a variety of therapy and am open to assisting many populations. I have experience counseling individuals in the criminal justice system struggling with mental health, domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and drug addiction/ dual diagnosis.
My therapy approach is unique and different for every individual I am helping. I strongly believe in person-centered therapy- your healing journey is just as important as the reason you came to therapy, to begin with. I want anyone I serve to be an equal part of their process. Treatment should always be realistic and attainable for the individual or family.
Processing the thoughts and feelings that lead to your behaviors is crucial to understanding yourself. We will work together to form a more concrete sense of self through trust, authenticity, and compassion.
During therapy sessions, I use an eclectic approach. Again, the treatment goals should be made by us as a team. The healing process will be based on your wants, needs, expectations, and concerns. Although I use the eclectic approach, my favorite therapy involves motivational interviewing, evidence-based practice, DBT, and CBT.
I obtained my Associate’s Degree from Reading Area Community College, majoring in Social Work. Life happened after my associate’s degree; I had two more children while gaining experience working in the Social Work field. My professional experience involves non-profit homeless shelters, case management for homeless veterans, sex offenders, inpatient AOD counseling, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and at-risk youth. My true passion is working in a social work capacity in the criminal justice system.
In recent years, I returned to Alvernia University for my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. Although both degrees are in social work, I also maintained a concentration in Criminal Justice during my undergraduate degree.
Outside of work, the most important thing to me is my family. I am very family oriented, so there are next to no activities that I don’t do with my huge, crazy, close-knit family. I love anything that involves the outdoors, traveling, and exploring. I am always excited about learning and experiencing new people, places, and things.
PA License #: SW139941
Natasha Schmidt offers in-person counseling at the Lebanon office and online therapy sessions for anyone in Pennsylvania.
Whether you are suffering from panic attacks, obsessive – compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety we have therapists who use evidenced-based treatments, such as cognitive-bahavioral therapy, to help you.
Many individuals feel like they are at war with their bodies. Whether it’s feeling shame, guilt, or giving ourselves critical comments about our bodies, we can be our own worst enemy. Our therapists can help you feel at peace with your body and learn to be kind to yourself.
Caregiving for a loved one can be challenging even in the best of circumstances. Often we don’t think about how the caregiver needs support, too. If you are experiencing burnout, our therapists can teach you skills to help you cope.
Depression and anxiety are extremely common, but often under-diagnosed by medical providers during pregnancy and postpartum. Our providers have specialized training to help women with anxiety and depression in this specific period in their lives.
Depression, one of the most common mental health disorders, is very treatable. Our therapists are specially trained to help individuals with depression get back to feeling like themselves again.
Struggling with infertility can be so difficult, especially if no one around you has experienced something similar. It can feel like an isolating journey and people find they often need support to navigate the emotional aspects of the process. Our therapists have specialized training to help you.
Move Forward Counseling is an inclusive practice where we want the LGBTQIA+ community to feel welcome and supported. Whether you are unsure how to embrace your identity, are having relationship issues, or need extra support from a non-judgmental person, we have therapists who can help.
Life transitions encompass many things, including starting or ending a romantic relationship, changes with work or school or making any big life change, such as a move. Often we underestimate how these changes will affect us emotionally until we find ourselves struggling with the ups and downs of the life transition.
While we don’t provide couples counseling at Move Forward, many individuals seek counseling to discuss how they can have healthier relationships. Our therapists can help you learn new ways of communicating, setting boundaries, and other ways to have more positive relationships with others.
Trauma symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating for many who experience it. Recovery from trauma is possible and we have therapists who can help.
Moving into adulthood brings its own set of challenges. You may feel pressure to have a “career” or find your life partner. You may be unsure of making these big life decisions and may feel lost because you no longer have school or other adults in your life telling you what you should choose.
The period of adolescence can be exciting, but also challenging for many teens. Difficulties with friends, school, anxiety, depression, cutting, and substance abuse are all common issues for this group. Due to a lack of life experience, teens may not know how to manage these problems which is why therapy can be especially helpful.
Reach out today to get started. Our supportive staff will help guide you through the scheduling process, discuss special requests and consult your insurance needs.