Madeline Schmitz, CCLS | Comprehensive Wellness, Walnut Creek, CA

Madeline Schmitz, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist 


  • Coping support for illness, injury, and trauma
  • Procedure preparations
  • Life transition support plans
  • Emotional expression
  • Chronic disease support


BA, Psychology 
Illinois Wesleyan University

BS, Secondary Teaching Credential
Alliant International University

MS, Child Development  
Erikson Institute


Certified Child Life Specialist

Specialty Training

Child Life Internship, Comer Children’s Hospital,
University of Chicago

Grief & Bereavement Support,
Heartlight Foundation

Volunteer, Children’s Disaster Services

Professional Affiliations

Member, Association of Child Life Professionals

Member, Children’s Disaster Services

Member, Child Life Disaster Relief Team

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Child Life Services

Madeline Schmitz is a child life specialist with over five years of experience specializing in therapeutic play and coping support for children and families facing hospitalization, trauma, injury, or illness. While earning her graduate degree from Erikson Institute, Madeline was selected for a highly competitive internship program at University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital. She then moved to the Bay Area and joined the Child Life team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where she continues to work in the Emergency Department.

Madeline uses her knowledge of child development and family systems to help families manage challenges from a variety of life experiences and to manage the uncertainty of acute or chronic illness. She takes a strength-based approach during personalized therapeutic play sessions which include games, art and laughter. The goal of each session is for every child/teen to leave with improved coping skills and a greater sense of self.

There is nowhere else that Madeline would rather be than hiking and exploring the Bay Area with her husband, son, and crazy dog. Her other passions include golfing, exercising, cooking and crafting. Madeline continues to be an ambassador for the field of child life and is excited to partner with Katie Craft as the Bay Area’s first child life private practice at Comprehensive Wellness.