Dr. Schirmer is a licensed psychologist who has over 30 years of experience working with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, employee assistance programs, hospitals, intensive outpatient programs and partial hospital programs. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University.
Dr. Schirmer believes that empowering relationships are central to healing and recovery. Her clinical orientation is rooted in cognitive behavior theory and therapies. Dr. Schirmer’s areas of interest include working with clients experiencing life transitions, work stress and interpersonal conflict; as well as those struggling with depression, anxiety, living with a chronic mental illness, suicidality, and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Dr. Schirmer has published and presented on topics related to adult attachment style and work stress, relationship based care, substance use and co-occurring disorders, group therapy, brief interventions and resilience.