Calgary Psychologist & Counselling Services
Individual, Couple and Family Counselling since 2008
Day & Evening Appointments
Local Calgary Psychologist
Recommended by Clients
Maria R. Schmid
Calgary Psychologist and Counselling Services
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 and 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 email@example.com.
Appointments are typically available:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 2:30pm.
Please contact me directly for appointments outside of normal office hours.
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 office hours make it possible to book a 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.
I encourage you to ask me any question about myself because successful 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 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 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 .
- 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:
- 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 are $200 per 50 minute session. For longer sessions, fees are charged on an incremental basis.
INSURANCE AND COVERAGE
Session fees may be reimbursable in whole or in part by Extended Health Care Plans, such as Blue Cross, that offer coverage for "psychology", "psychotherapy" or "counselling". Many companies and organisations have employee assistance programs or health spending accounts which also provide coverage. Ask your employer or union about health coverage options.
Psychological 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.
Testimonial Comments from Clients*
“I have been so blessed to have you for a counselor. Thank you for your beautiful, loving spirit, for your understanding, compassion, support and encouragement, and for all the work you have been doing on my behalf.”
"You provided for me a genuine environment where I felt safe, heard and encouraged."
"Your observations, advice and many gifts of wisdom have been invaluable.”
“Thank you for sharing your gift of wisdom and leadership. I have greatly benefited from your guidance and compassionate heart.”
“Thank you for all your help and perspective as I develop a new road map for my journey through life.”
"I thought you should know, that from just one session with you, I already feel better and I am feeling incredibly blessed to have connected with you. I plan to set up another session shortly, and hopefully many more after that. You are amazing at what you do, and I hope you know that."
"I cannot count the ways you have changed my life! You are truly an incredibly beautiful soul, you have an insight that is so powerful and your approach is so genuine and from the heart that trusting you is easy. You really and truly have changed my life! And I could never thank you enough!"
"Thank you for all your wonderful therapeutic help! I can't thank you enough for helping me through this difficult period of my life. You're a wonderful human being that has great insight into things and care deeply about your clients."
"I have recommended you to some friends who have coverage and I want you to know that even one session has really helped me to reflect on my life."
"You have an amazing ability to present information in a simplistic form that can be turned, twisted and de-constructed while managing to retain its meaning."
"I had a light bulb moment and gained a new perspective...The confusion has been replaced by curiosity and intrigue. This is a much happier state of existence for me!"
"You are so thoughtful and attentive always. I greatly appreciate you in my life and I hope that I can return the same thoughtfulness to you."
"Today, as I complete this life changing journey I have an answer for you I would say to myself "push through because nothing tastes sweeter than success". Today, I have actually tasted success and I am so glad that I have people like you in my life to help me push through, to support me, and to motivate me. I can't thank you enough for all our times together and for all the motivation that you gave me."
"Sincere thanks for your thoughts and support with me. You, and your approach at a difficult time were instrumental in getting me started along a path that I continue to walk, and although I occasionally stumble, I learn and grow with every step. I have learned my happiness means approaching things with thanks and gratitude, that I need to open and be vulnerable."
* names withheld for privacy.
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