Office of Student Life

A Schaad, PsyD

Recess at Wooster: Take a Break, Play, and Relax

Therapeutic Style:

I have an integrative approach founded in interpersonal and feminist with a multicultural framework. I often incorporate DBT skills into session as well as other techniques that may benefit a student’s needs. I believe openness and direct communication are cornerstones of successful therapy and work to create that space with students. I am I follow an integrative approach to best fit students’ individual wants and needs. My theoretical orientation pulls from feminist and interpersonal conceptualization and employs Gestalt, CBT and DBT-informed practices. Approaches I take in therapy are trauma-informed and catered to the individual. I want to empower students, so I work to create a safe and brave space for individuals to be present and honest with their concerns. I am transparent with clients and I expect transparency in return for our relationship to lead to changes. I believe therapy is a collaborative process and we work together to make changes.

Professional Interests:

I enjoy working with folks undergoing major life transitions, which specifically attracted me to working with college students. So much happens in one's time at a university- in undergrad and graduate studies- and I am honored to be able to walk with people as they are working through the challenges that these transitions bring. I appreciate working with survivors of trauma and connecting individuals to the resources they need. I feel honored to work with folks as they explore their own intersecting identities and experience growth in their personal values and beliefs. I personally identify as an ally, advocate and activist and thus I also know the importance of a strong self-care practice to prevent burnout. Self-care is essential in my personal and professional life, and I work to promote self-care from a luxury to a priority in student’s lives. I aim to make coping skills accessible and personalized. I enjoy utilizing mindfulness and the power of the present moment in session. I often work with trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ concerns, relationship concerns, self-esteem, assertiveness, substance use concerns and anything else the life of a student may bring.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am the Embedded Therapist in CFAES at the Wooster branch.

Educational Background:

I attended THE Ohio State University for my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and received my doctorate degree from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology.

Personal Interests:

My guilty pleasure is definitely drama t.v. shows. You name it, I’ve probably watched it. I spend a lot of time with my dogs and family, outdoors. I am relationship centered and my friendships or framily, as I call them, are also very important to me. I have really come to enjoy yoga practice and the connection of the body and the breath.

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