Maria R. Schmid
Calgary Psychologist & Mental Health Counselling

Psychologist, Mental Health, Counselling

Individual, Couple and Family Counselling since 2008

** We are accepting new and existing appointments, but due to COVID-19, we’d like to inform our valued clients that out of an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone, until further notice, all sessions will be done by either telephone or through a secure video calling platform.  To book your telephone or video session, please click here.

Thank you ~ Maria

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Daytime & Evening Appointments

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Covered by Employer Health Plans

Easy Online Scheduling

Teletherapy Offered

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 safe, objective, supportive and constructive conversations about the isolating and difficult issues we face.

I'm a passionate and experienced psychologist and counsellor, dedicated to the overall health and wholeness of individuals, couples and families. If you're looking for a psychologist in Calgary, please contact me at 403-801-4839, email or click here to view my current session availability.

Tricia Thomas

Registered Psychologist

We are excited that Trisha Thomas has joined our practice, focusing on individual, child and family therapy.    Trisha is a Registered Psychologist, a Canadian Certified Counsellor and member of the Alberta Play Therapy Association and Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association.

As your counsellor, Trisha will create a confidential and safe space for you to share your story and will work collaboratively towards your goals.   She utilizes an arsenal of tools in her practice, tailoring her approach to best suit each individual's needs and circumstances.  Therapies include the use of narrative, interpersonal, emotion-focused, solution-focused, cognitive behavioural, play based and others.  She works hard to build relationships and to quickly get to the bottom of your problems. Trisha is a welcome addition to the practice.

For more details on Trisha’s background, experience and qualifications, or to book an appointment, please click here.

Pamela Groulx

Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™

Since mental health is so closely related to physiological well being and diet, we are excited to have added Ms. Pamela Groulx, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant ™, to the practice.  She comes from a medical imaging background providing her with a deep understanding of human physiology.  Her friendly and compassionate approach, combined with her knowledge of wellness and nutrition will equip you with real food solutions to support your unique needs. Healthy food choices are only as good as your bodies ability to process them.  Pamela will work with you to improve digestion and optimize health outcomes.

I encourage clients to contact Ms. Groulx for a free 15 min nutrition consultation.   For more details or to book an appointment, please click here.

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Individual Counselling

Private one-on-one counselling to individuals of all backgrounds.

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Couples Counselling

Couples are encouraged to consider counselling before issues become more serious.

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Family Counselling

Flexible hours allows you to book a counselling session that works for the whole family.

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Ethnic Populations

Minority populations and new Canadians are warmly welcomed.

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Elderly Counselling

The special needs of senior clients are honoured.

Psychological Services

General Wellness

Mental illness is often a symptom of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Lack of sleep or exercise, poor eating habits, smoking, heavy drinking, video game or internet addiction all contribute to poor physical and mental health. Let me be your champion and motivator to improve all aspects of your life and be your best self. There are many simple and straightforward ways to make real dramatic changes in your life with the right direction. Life is yours.

Trauma

Trauma is a response to an overwhelmingly negative event or series of events. Disruptions to your thinking and bodily reactions of nervousness, insomnia and stress are typical reactions to frightening situations in someone’s past. If these feelings do not decline over time, you may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am trained in methods to cope with PTSD and have experience with clients who have experienced serious traumatic events in their lives. Let’s get started.

Parenting Issues and Strategies

Having myself experienced challenges as a parent, I have gained insights into the multifaceted role that today’s parents face. Parenting can be a very rewarding and joyous experience, but can also cause enormous stress and tension with your partner, family and friends. As with other major life changes, one can expect to encounter a wide range of emotional responses. There are approaches that I can suggest for a successful parenting experience. We can do this together.

Couples counselling

Couples counselling is not only for struggling relationships. I believe it is very important for all couples to have regular “check-ups” to tackle issues before they become serious problems. Having a counsellor facilitate discussion can be a very effective and efficient way for couples to open up about what is concerning them in their relationship. Contact me for a session with your partner; it will be a great investment in your relationship. Two hour appointments are available for couple sessions.

Pre-marriage counselling

For couples who are engaged to be married or who are in a serious relationship, it is crucial to have focused conversations about the issues that matter most. This can include each partner’s views on children, family, finances, career, maintaining a household, religion, etc. Early prevention of serious issues and finding common ground in a relationship is one of the most important things I can do as a mental health therapist. Let me strengthen what you already know.

Financial and Professional Issues

There is no doubt that career and finances are one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. It can be a source of great stress and strain to individuals and families. In today’s difficult economy, this is one of the most frequent issues faced by many people in Calgary. I am here to help you though these difficult times. If the cost of counselling is an issue, please talk to me about flexible payment options.

Separation and Divorce

When relationships fail, a wide range of emotions are felt at once. It can be one of life’s most intense life changes. As with all transitions, it is important to seek support from someone you trust and keep lines of communication open. Allow yourself time to heal. Feel free to reach out to me for help to make sense of your emotions of sadness, anger, hurt, loneliness and confusion. There are many methods to cope with the loss of a relationship and the range of emotions tied to this life change. You can ride these waves safely with me.

Anger Management

Chronic anger can be highly debilitating and can cause serious problems in our lives and the lives of those closest to us. It is often not the first emotion, but it is the one we resort to when feeling out of control, whatever the reason. Fortunately there are many actions that can be taken to cope with anger. Let’s discuss how anger manifests itself in your life and develop strategies to take action. Let love not fear make your decisions.

Grief Counselling

The loss of someone close to you can be one of life’s most difficult events. But grief isn’t only felt with the death of a loved one; it can also occur after the loss of a relationship, a pet, a job or devotion, or ability. Don’t grieve alone. I will help with your journey to reclaim joy in your life and find security and peace. I’m here.

Anxiety

Feelings of anxiety are common for people when faced with a major life transition, before making an important decision, or when they are the focus of attention, such as in public speaking. But when anxiety becomes crippling, constant and overwhelming, it can have serious physical and mental health consequences. Anxiety may manifest itself in panic disorders, phobias, PTSD or OCD. As your psychologist, I will work with you to develop strategies to manage your anxiety.

Depression

Occasionally feeling down is a normal part of being human. However, when these feelings are unbearable and last for a long time, you may have depression. Depression can make it difficult to enjoy any part of life. You are not alone, I will help you recognise the symptoms, types, and insidiousness of depression and work with you to find strategies to feel better for the long term. There is always hope.

Stress

Stress is a normal physiological response to demands or threats and can help you stay motivated and focused under pressure, which is a good thing. However, when stress becomes chronic or overwhelming, it can be damaging to your relationships and can cause serious mental and psychological health problems. I will assist you in recognising the causes of stress and help you work towards ways to deal with it. There are solutions.

Therapeutic Approach

Many of life's challenges are manifest during times of transition and change. 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 strength, 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 registered psychologist in Calgary since 2008.

I am a practising Christian and can integrate a religious perspective into client sessions. However, this is strictly 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.

~ Maria

Personal Background

I encourage you to ask me any question about myself because successful mental health therapy is often determined by the trust between a counsellor and a client.

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 big 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 completed a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary. Before becoming a registered psychologist, I worked with numerous non-for-profit agencies in Saskatchewan, Alberta and 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. I have been a psychologist in Calgary focused in private practice since 2008.

~ Maria

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 counsellor. I very much look forward to speaking to you .

Education and Mental Health Training

Academic Education:


Mental Health Training & Certifications:

  • Hakomi Institute of Calgary - Two Year Comprehensive Professional Skills Training
  • Advanced Skills on Trauma, Anxiety, Mindfulness, & Related Disorders - Canadian Mental Health Summit
  • Bronze Seal of Endorsement - Alberta Fire Fighters Association
  • Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists treating First Responder Trauma - First Responder Health
  • The Re-creation of the Self as an Approach to Psychotherapy - Intensive Training by Jon Eismen
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Couples Workshop - Hold Me Tight by Veronica Kallos-Lilly and Lucy Pascal
  • Hakomi Method Introduction - Covering the Principles of Mindfulness, Non-violence, Unity, Organicity and Mind-Body Wholeness by Jaci Hall
  • Working with Couples - A Professional Development Workshop for Hakomi Graduates by Beth Falch-Nielsen
  • Couples Counselling - Theory and Practice Essentials by Sig Taylor
  • Resilience, Recovery and Relationship - Towards Flourishing Children and Youth by the Neufeld Institute
  • Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations - PAA and Megan McElheran
  • Between Emergencies - A Look at Mental Health in EMS by Greg Gorecki
  • First Step, Right Stop, Psychological Services Providers for EMS Introduction - Alberta Paramedic Association
  • Conflicting Values: Tools to decrease tension and support health - Susan Burke
  • Healing Shame: Helping Therapists Understand, Defuse and Transform Client's Shame - Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin
  • Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience - Crisis Training Resource Institute
  • ​It’s the Law: What every Therapist/Counsellor Needs to Know - Robert Solomon
  • ​We are the Tools of Our Trade: How the Therapist’s Own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy - David Wallin
  • Recreation of the Self Level 1 and 2: Introduction to the Model and the Method - Jon Eisman
  • Attending to Attachment: A Mindfulness Based Experiential Training - Julie Murphy
  • Depression in Pregnancy - Executive Links
  • ​Hakomi Approach to Working with Couples - Jaci Hull​
  • Presence in Grief and Dying - Hospice Calgary
  • ​Survivor of Torture/ War Trauma Intervention: Best Practices - Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • ​Reconsidering Trauma: Treatment Advances, Relational Issues and Mindfulness in Integrated Trauma Therapy - John Briere
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Institute Level 1 - Les Greenberg
  • Emotional Fitness Coach Training - Emotional Fitness Institute
  • ​Orientation to Calgary and Area - Child and Family Services
  • ​Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy - Scott Miller

Membership & Affiliations:

Session Fees*

Maria Schmid, Registered Psychologist

50 minute session: $225        110 minute session: $450

Tricia Thomas, Registered Psychologist:

50 minute session: $200        110 minute session: $400

* Professional fees are for individual, couple and family counselling appointments. 

GST is not charged for mental health services.


INSURANCE COVERAGE, HEALTH PLANS AND TAX CREDIT INFORMATION

INSURANCE:  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".  Contact your insurance agent for more information on coverage options and reimbursement procedures.

DIRECT BILLING:  Direct billing to insurance companies is available for a several plans.

HEALTH PLANS:  Many companies, unions and organisations have employee assistance programs or health spending accounts, which also provide coverage for counselling sessions.  Ask your employer or union about your health coverage options.

FEDERAL TAX CREDIT:  Services provided by a psychologist may be eligible for a medical expense tax creditClick here for more information on the federal Medical Expense Tax Credit.  Consult your accountant for more details.

SESSION FEE PAYMENT:  Payment may be made by cash, cheque, email money transfer, interact or major credit card.

CANCELLATIONS:  Fees may be charged for appointment cancellations or changes without 48 hours prior notice.


Credit Cards Accepted by Maria Schmid

Recent Blog Posts

Sitting

If you’re like me and have a desk job and currently working from home, much of the day is spent sitting in front of a screen.  Looking back at pre-COVID, there was much more movement in our work environments: meeting people in person, commuting to the office (ideally by walking or biking), going out for […]

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The psychological benefits of prayer

Prayer as medicine. While a majority of my counselling practice is secular in nature, I am a practicing Christian and if asked can integrate a religious or spiritual aspect to my therapy. A cornerstone to those with religious beliefs is the notion of prayer.  The psychological study of prayer is challenging and has been limited […]

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Why kids build forts

This is a re-post of a wonderful and timely article about what motivates kids to build forts, especially during these unprecedented times.  We are finding our own kids are big into building forts right now.  Forts offer comfort, security, a sense of independence and a place for creativity for kids.  I hope you enjoy the […]

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.
  • 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.
Summary
Psychological Services
Service Type
Psychological Services
Provider Name
Maria R Schmid, Registered Psychologist,
Suite 226 - 1111 Olympic Way S.E.,Calgary,Alberta-T2G 0E6,
Telephone No.403-801-4839
Area
Calgary, Alberta
Description
Maria R. Schmid, Registered Psychologist, is a passionate counsellor, committed to the mental health and wholeness of individuals, couples and families. If you are looking for a psychologist in Calgary, please contact Maria R. Schmid, Psychology and Counselling Services.