Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a free consultation prior to the first appointment?

I can definitely connect with you for a brief phone call or chat in person as addressing our relationship fit is a key determinant of your success in counselling.

What makes you different from other counsellors? Why should I go to you?

I can promise you that I will help you in every way I can. I will walk with you through your difficulty and be available to you. I am very open and honest and you will find any experiment we try or challenge or feedback I give is always given with kindness and compassion. I am told that I’m a counsellor with depth and wisdom and an intuition for understanding what is most needed. I will assist you in finding a personal and relevant direction forward based on what you most need and want.

What can I expect from my first session?

I promise that your first session will not only be informative for me, but that you will leave with new understandings and perspectives about yourself and the makings of a plan with realistic goals.  Most of all, of your first session will bring you hope and clarity.

When are you available for a session?

I am available weekdays and evenings.  Regular office hours are Tues-Wed-Thurs: 8:30am to 2:30pm, Mon & Fri: 4:30pm to 10:30pm.

Click here to use the on-line scheduler to find a session time most convenient for you.

You may contact me directly to see if there is a time that is not available on the scheduler at maria@mariaschmid.ca or call 403-801-4839.

Do I need a doctors referral to book an appointment?

Doctors referrals are not required to book an appointment.

How do I book a session?

Click on Book Appointment for instructions on booking your first session. You will see what is available and only you and I will see your scheduled appointment. https://mariaschmid.acuityscheduling.com

What issues do you help with?

Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Grieving, Anger, Mindfulness, Resilience, Separation and Divorce, Difficulty with Emotions, Financial and Professional issues, Work/Life Balance, Career Change and Unemployment, Marriage and Pre-marriage Counselling, Pre & Post Natal Issues and Parenting Strategies.

Where is your office located?

My office is conveniently located in the Arriva Building at Suite 226 – 1111 Olympic Way S.E. Calgary (near the north entrance to Stampede Park). The office is three blocks away from the Stampede Park C-Train station and is handicap accessible.

What is meant by ‘private office’?

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.

Is there parking near your office?

Clients have access to free underground parking in the building. Details of the underground parking is available once a session has been booked. Kindly note that underground parking is only available to clients during session times. Free street parking is also available near the office on 11th Ave SE (east of 4th St.). Please be aware of parking restrictions and signs.

How far is the c-train access?

The Stampede Victoria Park station at the Saddledome is a three block walk away. You will have to walk through the Big Four parking lot past Cowboys Casino, my office is the tower across the street with the entrance along Olympic Way SE. It takes about 10 minutes to walk.

Are you a Christian based counsellor?

I can integrate Christian perspectives to counselling. However, this is optional. I also have experience working with clients from a wide variety of other faith, belief and spiritual backgrounds.

How long have you been a practising psychologist?

I have been a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists since 2008.

What are the costs for therapy?

Professional fees for individual, couple and family appointments are $200 per 50 minute session and $400 for a 110 minute session. For longer sessions, fees are charged on an incremental basis.

Are your services covered by 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”, “psychotherapy” or “counselling.” Many employers also have assistance programs or health spending accounts for employees and their families that may be used for psychological services. Ask your employer or union about health coverage options. Psychological services are a tax-deductible medical expense.

Do you offer direct billing to insurance companies?

Direct billing to insurance companies is available for a number of plans.  If you are interested in direct billing options, please click here for a list of insurance companies offering direct billing.

Do you have sessions longer than 50 minutes?

110 minute sessions are available and are recommended for couple and family appointments.  Please click here to book an appointment.