Todd Schmenk

Todd Schmenk

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

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Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Couples counseling

  • Life transitions

  • Chronic Illness

  • ADD / ADHD

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Compulsive behaviors

  • Existential questions / challenges

  • Family issues and parenting

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Panic attacks

  • Relationships

  • Sexual abuse

  • Self harm

Professional statement

Todd Schmenk is a mental health counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety-related issues. His focus areas include general anxiety, panic attacks, chronic health conditions, couples counseling, and performance anxiety.

Todd previously worked as an elementary school teacher, health educator, business wellness consultant and manager, and most recently, as a counselor at Bay Coast Behavioral and his private practice, AQAL Therapies.

Todd's approach is integrally informed, pulling from a variety of tools including Applied Behavioral Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, supported by a strong focus in neuroscience, mindfulness and active lifestyle modification plans.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks; performance anxiety (academic deadlines, work goals, executive decision making; learning how to manage your energy )
Couples Counseling – Miscommunication and misaligned values often lead to relational anxiety; learn ways to identify patterns and change them for good
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; unique blend of health education and counseling approaches to learn how to cope with Crohn's, heart disease, or stroke

General expertise

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Borderline personality disorder – Addressing enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues and Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Managing OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Panic attacks – Addressing panic attacks from public speaking or general random episodes; learning ways to prepare for and prevent/reduce occurences
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Sexual abuse
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Johnson & Wales University (United Heath)

  • Tufts

  • United Health

  • RISD Student Insurance (United Health)

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $100/session (45min)

  • Couples sessions: $120/session (60min)

Message to clients

"No one likes to admit it, but we all have that something that we wish was different. We wish we were better. Wish we were more talented. Would like to be heard.  Wish we knew better ways to communicate. Hope things might some how be different. Yet, we often continue to do the same thing unless we come across something or someone who shows us an alternative path, a different way. That is what you will find here. Someone to help you challenge these notions, explore different avenues and find new ways of being."

Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Solution-Focused Brief TherapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)

Education and work experience

AQAL Therapies Inc., Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Health Educator, 2012-Present
Bay Coast Behavioral, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2015-Present
Northeastern Behavioral Associates, Behavior Therapist, 2012-2015
Provant Health Solutions, Senior Consultant/Director of Client Services/Training Manager, 2007-2012
Provant, Director of Client Services and Quality Assurance, 2008-2011
First Step Health Education and Wellness, Director, 2006-2007
York City Burea of Health, Program Manager, 2000-2005
Lee-Silsby Compounding Pharmacy, Patient Educator, 1999-2000
St. Adalbert Elementary, 6th Grade Teacher, 1998-1999
The Cleveland Clinic, Patient Educator, 1996-1998

Walden University, MS, 2015
Cleveland State University, M.Ed. Community Health, 1998
University of South Carolina, BA, History/Sociology, 1995



Client testimonials

Todd really is phenomenal. I’ve been seeing him once every two weeks, and I feel like I’ve made more progress in such a short period of time than I have with any other therapist that I’ve seen in the past.

He is focused on short term solutions based therapy, which I really appreciate. He has experience working with people with chronic illnesses and definitely understands what I’ve been going through as a cancer survivor. He is great at pushing me out of my comfort zone in a way that feels supportive but productive.
— Zencare client (2017)

Professional endorsements

Todd is highly skilled therapist that I recommend without hesitation. He offers a warm and welcoming presence, a strong grasp of evidence-based treatments, a focus on creatively personalizing treatment for each person and a deep commitment to helping those he works with heal and thrive.

Todd became an LMHC within the last few years, but he has 18+ years of experience as a behavioral therapist prior to that. Conversations with him easily reveal his vast experience in the field; he is very knowledgeable and an excellent resource. Once I officially start my private practice, I’m sure I will be making referrals to Todd.
— Giusita Vitale. Colleague (2016)
Todd cares greatly for his clients and stays abreast of current research, and techniques for working with a variety of issues/diagnoses. Todd is a great guy who is committed to his clients. I have tons of confidence in him! I refer clients to him for anxiety, trauma, depression, and eating issues to name a few.
— Maureen Walsh MA, MSW, Former colleague (2016)
Todd is grounded and clinically astute in a variety of modalities. He has great insight and is able to form meaningful relationships with clients. He stays present with healthy boundaries.

Todd has integrity and is deeply interested in working from a strengths based perspective. He utilizes a combination of modalities that he can study and track for their effectiveness. I refer clients to him for anxiety, depression, parenting, OCD, developmental issues and trauma.
— Martha Powers, LICSW, Supervisor (2016)
I worked with Todd and provided him supervision for over 2 years. Todd is a brilliant therapist and firmly believes in his approach to helping others. I refer clients to him for Child Behavioral Issues, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
— James T. Leverone, LMHC, Supervisor (2016)