ABOUT

MONIQUE SMITH, RSW, MSW

Monique opened up her private practice in the Fall of 2010. Since then, she has held counselling contracts with various agencies including Calgary Youth Probation, Rockyview School District, Cochrane FCSS and local churches while seeing private practice clients in her home-based office. 

Monique brings a rich and diverse history of youth work to her practice. Before entering into private practice, Monique worked in treatment centres and open custody group homes for at-risk youth. She was an English teacher in South Korea for two years and worked as a camp counsellor over the course of many summers. She has done extensive work in the outdoor instructor industry working with children and youth and continues to instruct the occasional outdoor class through the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. 

Monique has many passions including art, music, sports and travel. She has travelled to numerous countries around the world, was a member of the Dino’s varsity wrestling team and enjoys playing various musical instruments. She loves spending time in the wilderness and recreationally wrestling. In addition to counselling, Monique works as a freelance photographer and mentors varsity and Olympic level athletes through Athletes in Action. Monique integrates her many passions into her counselling practice.

Monique holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work (U of C ’09; ’10) and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Theology (NABC ’02). She is a certified Indoor Rock Climbing Instructor (ACMG Level 1), Cross-country ski Instructor (CANSI Level 1), Canoe Instructor (Paddle Alberta) and has received extensive wilderness training through the Crownest Outdoor Leadership Training Program.

 Favourite Quotes:

“There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end!” –Edward Whymper-

“Potential is a glimpse of what we could be, yet there must be a shift from where we have potential to where we are potent.”

“If you continue to look over your shoulder, your past becomes your future. Instead, look ahead towards your goals.”