Calgary Psychologist & Counselling Services
Individual, Couple and Family Counselling since 2008
Free Underground Parking
Day & Evening Appointments
Covered by Health Plans
Easy Online Scheduling
Recommended by Clients
Maria R. Schmid, Registered Psychologist
As a Calgary psychologist, I work with a wide range of clients and issues including: stress, depression, anxiety, grief counselling, anger management, separation & divorce, workplace problems, work/life balance, career changes and unemployment, marriage counselling, couples counselling, family therapy and parenting strategies.
It takes courage to seek help when life isn’t going smoothly and our regular methods of coping are not solving the issues we encounter. My therapeutic approach engages clients in objective, safe and supportive conversations about the isolating issues we face.
I'm a passionate psychologist, committed to the health and wholeness of individuals, couples and families. If you are looking for a psychologist in Calgary, please contact me at 403-801-4839 or click here to email.
I offer private one-on-one counselling to individuals of all backgrounds.
I advocate that couples consider counselling before issues become more serious.
My flexible hours allows you to book a counselling session that works for the whole family.
Minority populations and new Canadians are warmly welcomed to contact me.
I have the compassion and experience to understand the special needs of senior clients.
Many of life's challenges are realised during times of transition. Whether it’s due to new stages in relationships, family, career, or changes in health and lifestyle, these events have the ability to significantly impact one’s life. Often what results from these transitions are feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, loss and failed coping mechanisms.
My therapeutic approach is based on the idea that through these transitions, people can find understanding, purpose, connection, meaning and hope. I support clients in a safe, creative and confidential environment. My goal is to see clients through difficult times to emerge as stronger and more resilient individuals, empowered with strategies and the confidence to thrive through life’s changing circumstances. I have been a practising psychologist in Calgary since 2008.
I am a practicing Christian and can integrate this perspective into client sessions. However, this is optional. I also have experience working with clients from a wide variety of other faith, belief and spiritual backgrounds.
My supportive, empowering and compassionate approach is especially important for putting new clients at ease during their initial appointments and engaging them in the processes most important to them. I'm often told that I have a special way of allowing people to open up in ways they haven’t otherwise experienced.
Let me share briefly some of my background so that you have a better understanding about me as a counsellor:
Growing up in small town Saskatchewan helped me appreciate the community unity that still defines my desire for strong family and neighbourhood connections. Sadly, my family dealt with many losses early in my life, but with the help of a strong community, I learned much in the way of living through pain, change and loss.
I completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Sociology and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary. Before becoming a Calgary psychologist, I worked with numerous Non-For-Profit agencies in Saskatchewan, Alberta and in West Africa. At each of these positions, I worked tirelessly with the goal of improving the lives of individuals, families and communities by integrating common needs and promoting collaboration, health and preventative strategies.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Areas of profound interest to me are:
- Attachment, family unity and communication
- Couples counselling, and pre-marriage preparation
- Emotions and their impact on intelligence, functioning and experiencing
- Brain science and resulting impacts on mental, physical, psychological & spiritual health
- Christianity, spirituality, and finding hope during difficult times
- Life changes and transitions
- Creativity, identity, self-esteem and expression, personal fulfillment and living one’s purpose
- Nature and its role in healing
- Mindfulness and body centered psychotherapy
I hope this has given you some insight into me as a psychologist. I very much look forward to speaking to you .
Education and Training
Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists
Masters of Education in Applied Psychology, University of Calgary
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Psychology (Honours), University of Saskatchewan
Training & Certifications:
Resilience, Recovery and Relationship: Towards Flourishing Children and Youth by the Neufeld Institute, November 15-17, 2017
Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations by the PAA and Megan McElheran, October 20, 2017.
Between Emergencies - A Look at Mental Health in EMS by Greg Gorecki, October 20, 2017
First Step, Right Stop, Psychological Services Providers for EMS Introduction by the Alberta Paramedic Association, October 20, 2017
Healing Shame: Helping Therapists Understand, Defuse and Transform Client's Shame by Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin, May 29-30, 2017
Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience by the Crisis Training Resource Institute, January 2017
It’s the Law: What every Therapist/Counsellor Needs to Know by Robert Solomon, June 3, 2016
We are the Tools of Our Trade: How the Therapist’s Own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy by David Wallin, May 13, 2016
Recreation of the Self Level 1 and 2: Introduction to the Model and the Method by Jon Eisman, April 10-13, 2015
Attending to Attachment: A Mindfulness Based Experiential Training by Julie Murphy, September 24-28 and November 12-16, 2014
Depression in Pregnancy by Executive Links, May 26, 2014
Hakomi Approach to Working with Couples by Jaci Hull, June 17-18, 2013
Presence in Grief and Dying by Hospice Calgary, November 27, 2009
Survivor of Torture/ War Trauma Intervention: Best Practices by Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, January 29, 2009 & October 22, 2009
Reconsidering Trauma: Treatment Advances, Relational Issues and Mindfulness in Integrated Trauma Therapy by John Briere, November 27-28, 2008
Emotion Focused Therapy Institute Level 1 by Les Greenberg, August 5-8, 2008
Emotional Fitness Coach Training by Emotional Fitness Institute, July 28, 2008
Orientation to Calgary and Area Child and Family Services, April 30, 2007
Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy by Scott Miller, January 20, 2005
College of Alberta Psychologists’
Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
Canadian Psychological Association
Professional fees for individual, couple and family appointments:
50 minute session: $200 110 minute session: $400
*The above fees conform to the Psychological Association of Alberta's recommended fee schedule as of January 1, 2018
COVERED BY INSURANCE AND HEALTH PLANS
Session fees may be reimbursable in whole or in part by Extended Health Care Plans, such as Blue Cross, that offer coverage for "psychology", "psychologist services", "psychotherapy" or "counselling". Many companies and organisations have employee assistance programs or health spending accounts which also provide coverage for counselling sessions. Ask your employer or union about health coverage options.
Psychologist services are a tax-deductible medical expense.
Payment may be made by cash, cheque, email money transfer, paypal, interact or major credit card.
*Fees may be charged for appointment cancellations without 24 hours notice.
Recent Blog Posts
How to ensure your friendship will stand the test of time – by: Lisa Van De Geyn of Canadian Living Magazine
You probably already know the importance of best friends: Having that special first-rate friend (I’m looking at you, Aimee) gives you greater strength when the going gets tough. According to recent research from the University of Leeds in England, the greater the quality of the study participants’ best friendships, the more resilient they were a […]
What I like about this TEDx is that it summarises a lot of key ideas of what arises for most of us in counselling. We are all looking, underneath the struggles, tragedies, stories and relationships, for the belief in our self to know we are on the right path and can listen to our truth.
Love: It is complicated and challenging yet yields the greatest reward. It makes us grow and experience ourselves fully. In 1939, Harvard Medical School began tracking the lives of two groups of men to identify the psycho-social predictors of healthy aging. The two groups consisted of 456 poor men growing up in Boston from 1939 […]
An important final word about safety, security and privacy:
- Office location and privacy: I respect the sensitive and confidential nature of counselling. My office allows for a very high degree of privacy as clients may enter and exit from separate doors as not to be seen by others in the waiting area. The office building is occupied by other professionals (legal, medical, etc.) and is generally quiet with a low level of foot-traffic. The office building itself has several layers of security including on-site security personnel.
- Client files: All confidential client information is kept in a locked filing cabinet in a locked office and building. All reasonable efforts are taken to safe-keep your personal information.
- On-line scheduling: Acuity Scheduling Inc. is the web-service used for online booking. Acuity Scheduling is HIPPA Compliant. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. For more information on HIPPA Compliance of Acuity Scheduling, please click here.
- Website: This website is designated HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.
- Standard of Practice: In addition to the measures mentioned above, my practice is also governed by the privacy and confidentiality provisions in the College of Alberta Psychologists Standard of Practice and the Canadian Psychologists Association Code of Ethics.