About Dr. Schimizzi

I have been a North Carolina Licensed Psychologist since 2003 and I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families.  My services include individual and family therapy, parent education, and specialized services for families affected by separation and divorce.  I also provide consultation to treatment teams and schools on behalf of clients.

I enjoy working with clients on a variety of topics.  While distressing issues, such as ADHD, anxiety, divorce, depression, social stress, trauma, and troubling behaviors, may have led clients to seek my help, I look at these stressors as parts of a whole person that also experiences and is so much more.

Parent involvement is instrumental in the success of a child’s treatment and I work hard to build relationships with parents wherein they feel empowered to address a wide range of parenting concerns.  How to structure the home, manage difficult behaviors, and improve parent-child relationships are just a few of the topics that can be addressed.  Parent education and support can occur at my Chapel Hill office or in your home.

No matter what brings you or your child to see me, I will provide a warm, supportive atmosphere to help everyone feel safe to learn, take risks, and grow.  I will work with each client to make sure that individual needs are met so the client can get the most out of sessions.  Individual strengths, needs, developmental stage, and goals form the backdrop for therapy and a variety of techniques are used to move clients in the direction they wish to go.

I teach skills, including mindfulness-based techniques, so clients have real options to practice outside of sessions.  I also work to help clients gain understanding into their struggles.  I place great value on the therapeutic relationship and focus on a collaborative approach wherein clients and their families are invited to provide ongoing input that shapes treatment and ensures that it remains a useful tool for symptom relief, skill-building, and general well-being.  Therapy is designed to not only help in the present, but to be an opportunity to learn things that can serve clients over a lifetime.

Education and Training:

I completed my Ph.D. in school psychology in 2002 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received clinical training in a variety of settings such as outpatient , residential, and day treatment programs for children and adolescents with varying degrees of emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.  I completed my pre-doctoral APA-approved clinical psychology internship at Crestwood Children’€™s Center in Rochester, NY in 2001.  Prior to completing my doctoral program, I earned my M.Ed. in school psychology in 1999 and attained licensure with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction shortly afterward.  I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology with minors in Spanish and sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1996 and have been a member of the American Psychological Association since 1995.  My post-degree training includes becoming a North Carolina Certified Parenting Coordinator in 2009.

Work Experience:

NC Licensed Psychologist & Sole Proprietor
Private Psychology Practice: Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D.
Chapel Hill, NC
2005-2006, 2009-present

Staff Psychologist II
The Whitaker School, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Butner, NC
2002-2005

Teaching Assistant
Carolina Academic Consortium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
2001-2002

Doctoral Psychology Intern
Crestwood Children’€™s Center, Elementary Day Treatment Program, APA-approved internship
Rochester, NY
2000-2001

Psychology Trainee
The Whitaker School, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Butner, NC
1999-2000

Advanced Psychology Extern
Wright School, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Durham, NC
1998-1999

Coach-Mentor
America Reads Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
1998-2000

Lead Staff
Wediko Children’€™s Services, Summer Residential Treatment Program
Windsor, NH
Summer of 1998

Direct Care Staff
Wediko Children’€™s Services, Summer Residential Treatment Program
Windsor, NH
Summer of 1997