Frequently Asked Questions

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 I need a doctors referral to book an appointment?

Doctors referrals are not required to book an appointment.

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.

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

We can definitely connect with you for a brief phone call, as addressing our relationship fit is a key determinant of your success in counselling.  Please contact us directly.

Do you offer Christian based counselling?

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

Do you offer direct billing to insurance companies?

Direct billing to insurance companies is available for a number of plans.

How do I book a session?

Click on Book Appointment for instructions on booking your first session. You will see what is available at our online scheduler:

Your appointment details will be kept confidential.

Is there parking near your office?

During COVID we will have limited office hours by special appointment only.  Free parking is available near our interim office, and details can be found here.

What are the costs for therapy?

Professional fees for individual, couple and family appointments are can be found here. For longer sessions, fees are charged on an incremental basis.

What can I expect from my first session?

We promise that your first session will not only be informative, 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.

What issues do you help with?

We deal with a wide range of issues ranging from: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Grieving, Anger, Mindfulness, PTSD, 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.  Please review our specific bios and areas of practice to understand who would work best with you.

Maria Schmid, Registered Psychologist

Areas of focus:  General counselling, life transitions and preventative therapy

Clientele:  Adults, Couples, Families, Elderly, New Canadians

Tricia Thomas, Registered Counselling Psychologist

Areas of focus:  General counselling, Child therapy

Clientele:  Adults, Couples, Families, Children and Adolescents

Shantelle Szuch, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Areas of focus:  Clinical Assessments, Trauma Treatment

Clientele:  Adults, Public Safety Personnel and Veterans, Front-line workers and Health Care Professionals, Athletes, Adolescents and Children.

When are you available for a session?

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

You may contact us directly if there is a time that is not available on the scheduler.


Where is your office located?

During COVID we will be offering only limited face to face sessions, which can be arranged by special appointment.  Our interim office is located at:

Clarity Psychological Services.  404 – 8th Avenue N.E. Calgary, Alberta.

(located on the corner of Edmonton Trail and 8th Ave N.E.)

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
Calgary, Alberta
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.