Philosophy of Care:
Kind, warm, and supportive, Dr. Schmaus approaches patients with compassion for the challenges that anxiety has brought to their lives. He teaches patients how to manage their worries and fears so that they can better tolerate uncertainty. By encouraging patients to be willing to face their fears, he enhances their ability to successfully manage stressful situations. When working with children and teens, he often involves the parents in treatment, providing guidance and strategies for helping their children to feel less anxious. Dr. Schmaus motivates patients to make changes, and is most gratified to see the progress patients can make once they are taught the skills to overcome their worries and fears.
Dr. Schmaus is sought out for his expertise in working with patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, he works extensively with patients with various anxiety disorders as well as OCD and related disorders, including body focused repetitive behaviors. Dr. Schmaus successfully treats many patients who have complex symptoms that other therapists find difficult to treat.
You’ll often find Dr. Schmaus playing with his young children and watching sporting events. He most enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Experience and Training:
Dr. Brian Schmaus earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He completed his doctoral internship at Vancouver Coastal Health, where he worked in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of British Columbia. He has trained with leading international experts in the fields of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Schmaus presents at national conferences on the treatment of anxiety and OCD and has also authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. His professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, Trichotillomania Learning Center, International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Dr. Schmaus specializes in the use of empirically supported treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, for the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Schmaus has extensive experience working with school staff on how to manage anxiety problems in schools, including working with students with school refusal. He has also supervised a number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders.
Patient Age Range:
Ages 4 years and Up