Meet Kate Schneider, Psychologist
I can help you find the answers you need to start changing your life. Using a variety of techniques and grounded in body-centered and person-centered therapy, I can support you in your journey to being more emotionally honest, responsible, consistent, and better able to cope with your thoughts and feelings.
Get To Know Kate
Kate is a Registered Psychologist, with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She earned her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology through City University of Seattle. Kate has over 7 years of experience in providing individual and group therapy to adolescents dealing with addictions, trauma, self harm, and other mental health issues. She has also provided family therapy to those affected by the constant chaos, crisis, and fear that can come with having a child who has addiction issues. Read more»
Kate’s theoretical orientation is grounded firmly in the humanistic and mindfulness centered somatic psychotherapies. Kate incorporates an integrative approach and draws on a range of therapeutic practices in order to be responsive to unique client needs. Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Narrative Therapy are some of the therapeutic modalities Kate utilizes to support people in processing issues that include adjustment difficulties, addiction, attachment and relationship issues, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, self esteem, and trauma.
“I have lived in Edmonton and surrounding area for the past 12 years, and grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. I have been married for almost eight years, and have two young children. My son loves to create art, and teaches me about slowing down and taking it all in. My daughter, the tenacious second-born, is gregarious and makes me laugh every day. We are a very musical family, and we love the outdoors and connecting with nature. We try to go camping and geocaching whenever we get the chance. Although my family keeps me on the go, I love to run and am planning to begin training for a 10k race in the summer.”
What to Expect at your First Appointment
It can be common for those who have never participated in counselling to be unsure when they first come in, and I will do my best to make you comfortable with this process. The sessions are 50 minutes in length, and we will discuss the concept and details of confidentiality at the beginning of the first session. You do not need to bring anything to the session or prepare anything in advance. The purpose of the first session will be to get to know each other and start developing goals for therapy.
After each session, you will receive a receipt that you can submit to most extended health benefit insurance companies. I’d recommend checking with your employer to determine whether you have such coverage.
Emotional Wellness Can Improve Your Health in Many Ways
Our bodies hold stress and emotional pain, and often will communicate the need for help through physical complaints. Muscle tension, headaches, body aches, food cravings, drug and alcohol cravings, gastrointestinal issues, and a lack of meaningful sleep are just some of the ways that mental health issues show up in the body. Often these physical complaints result in missed work that may have a financial cost for individuals as well. As you discover ways to tolerate stress and cope with emotional discomfort, you may notice a return to better health.
I provide therapy for families who are struggling with life’s challenges or transitions. read more»
Do you find yourself in a family who argues instead of communicates or avoids problems instead of dealing with them?
I can help you learn how to communicate in a respectful, honest way in order to experience more meaningful, authentic relationships. Having all the members of the family present in the session allows everyone to work together to address and resolve the issues affecting these relationships.
Do you feel stuck in the way you interact with your child, or feel lost in how to manage a changing relationship or challenging behaviours?
I can support you to feel more in control of your responses through an understanding of the underlying reasons for their behavior. Together, we will develop strategies to raise a healthy, successful, and happy child.
Has your child’s addiction resulted in you feeling lost, out of control, and making decisions that are grounded in fear?
I can work with you to regain a sense of control and personal power within yourself and in your family relationships.
Regardless of the challenges facing you and your family, I offer a genuine and compassionate space for you to work through issues of anger, despair, fear, anxiety, trauma, and loss in order to continue being whole as an individual and a valuable member of your family. We will work together to find solutions to the challenges and problems that bring up these negative emotions.
I provide individual, group, and family therapy for those dealing with addictions issues. read more»
Do you find yourself using drugs and alcohol to numb your pain and manage stress and anxiety? Do you experience guilt, shame, and depression connected to your addiction?
If so, I can work with you to help heal these deep emotional wounds, and identify all the ways to experience joy without the use of unhealthy substances. Together we will explore your path to recovery, and develop a treatment plan and relapse prevention plan to support your goals related to your substance use.
I provide group therapy for issues relating to stress management, emotional regulation, addictions, adjustment, trauma, grief and loss, and attachment. read more»
Do you wonder if participating in group therapy would be a meaningful experience for you?
Group therapy offers a way for you to learn about how others manage transitions in their lives, and seeing others going through similar challenges can help you realize you are not alone. This therapy setting can provide a valuable source of support and acceptance for you while you work through painful or overwhelming feelings. I am able to provide psycho-educational group therapy where the group’s focus is on learning and skill development. I also will offer process style group therapy where the purpose of the group is to support growth and healing.
I provide one-to-one therapy for those looking to find relief from overwhelming feelings and to reconnect with themselves. read more»
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression or unbearable stress? Do you use food, technology, drugs or alcohol to manage these negative emotions? Do you make poor decisions based on fear or the desire to numb your pain?
Often when we have relied on external things to numb our pain or attempt to manage stress, we may forget the inner resources we possess that can help us overcome obstacles. I can work with you to find solutions to the challenges and problems that you face and together, we can find ways to help you live a more productive and meaningful life.
It takes courage to make the decision to choose emotional wellness, and we will work at a pace that you feel most comfortable with while we identify the things that have you feeling anxious, frustrated, fearful, or depressed. I value gentleness and respect for my clients, and I will ensure this relationship is grounded in empathy, safety, and trust.
Need someone to talk to? Give us as call to schedule an appointment with Kate.