Women In Longview Day


Suzanne Schmidt, Ed.D.

Dr. Suzanne Schmidt is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas and has retired license status in New Mexico.  She is a Past President of the Texas Counseling Association and former member of the American Counseling Association Governing Council.  She served as President of the New Mexico Mental Health Counselors’ Association.

Suzanne was the recipient in 1987 of the Texas Counseling Association’s Presidential Award as a Model of Counseling Excellence.  In 1994 she was given a special recognition award for her contributions to Women in Longview Day.  She was honored by the Texas Mental Health Counselors’ Association in 1996 with a Board of Directors Award and by Piney Woods Counseling Association as Counselor of the Year in 1987-88.  In 1997 Zonta International of Longview named Suzanne as Longview’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement.  In 2001 she was selected by Longview Regional Medical Center as a Woman Who Has Risen to the Occasion.  The Truax Foundation at Texas A&M-Commerce chose Suzanne as Outstanding Doctoral Student in 1981 and Outstanding Alumna in 1989-90.  She was named by the TAMU-C Counseling Department as an Alumni Ambassador in 2001.  She is a two-time nominee to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Suzanne’s other awards and positions of service to her profession and community are reflective of her commitment to individual and community health.  Her speeches and publications focus on easily understood and highly effective strategies for achieving emotional well-being.

Suzanne was a contributing commentator for Red River Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana, featured in a segment titled A Moment of Health.  Those segments are still available online.  She has written numerous articles for professional counseling organizations and wellness publications.  She is the author of The Lonely Wind, a novel with strong mental health themes, Life Lessons from Earth Woman, To Every Good Place a Trail Leads (A Simple Guide to Emotional Health), Earth Woman Journal, and Give Yourself the Gift of Serenity Workbook.  Her latest work is a cookbook that showcases treasured recipes, family/community witticisms, as well as brief Earth Woman stories and reflections.

Suzanne completed her undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, her Masters’ Degree at Stephen F. Austin State University, and her doctorate at Texas A&M-Commerce (then East Texas State University).  A former public school teacher and counselor, Suzanne has been in private practice since 1982.  She also served as an Assistant Professor at both Texas A&M-Commerce and Stephen F. Austin State University and as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern New Mexico University.  She is currently involved in volunteer work as President of the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.