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
Free Underground Parking
Daytime & Evening Appointments
Privacy, Security & Confidentiality
Covered by Employer Health Plans
Easy Online Scheduling
Recommended by Clients
Maria R. Schmid
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.
Registered Counselling Psychologist
Tricia Thomas focuses her practice on individual, child and family therapy. Tricia is a Registered Psychologist, a Canadian Certified Counsellor and member of the Alberta Play Therapy Association and Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association.
As your counsellor, Tricia 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. Tricia is a welcome addition to the practice.
For more details on Tricia’s background, experience and qualifications, or to book an appointment, please click here.
Registered Clinical Psychologist
We are excited that Shantelle Szuch has recently joined our practice, focusing on clinical assessments and trauma therapy. Shantelle is a Registered Psychologist in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
As a University of Calgary graduate from the School Psychology department, Shantelle has been trained in and has over ten years of formal clinical assessment experience. She is comfortable in working with clients to explore their symptoms, help them understand their experiences better, and gain a greater understanding of themselves, with or without a diagnosis. Shantelle is experienced in formal assessments with children, adolescents, and adults.
Shantelle also has a passion for working in the field of trauma. That started with working predominantly with children who experienced maltreatment, but has morphed into working with children, adolescents, and adults who have vast traumatic experiences. She is certified in Trauma Focused CBT, a model for children who have experienced trauma, and has received other training in the field such as from Dave Ziegler and Hull Services (NMT). In more recent years, Shantelle has taken training on Cognitive Processing Therapy, a model for adults who have experienced trauma, originally designed for veterans and public safety personnel, as well as becoming a certified BOS (Before Operational Stress) group facilitator.
To book an initial assessment appointment with Shantelle, please click here.
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.
Private one-on-one counselling to individuals of all backgrounds.
Couples are encouraged to consider counselling before issues become more serious.
Flexible hours allows you to book a counselling session that works for the whole family.
Minority populations and new Canadians are warmly welcomed.
The special needs of senior clients are honoured.
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.
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.
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
- Masters of Education in Applied Psychology - University of Calgary
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Psychology (Honours) - University of Saskatchewan
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:
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 credit. Click 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.
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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.