Schareen Maher, AAC

I believe that group dynamics can play a huge role in the success of a team. By working together to understand the intricacies each player has on the team dynamic, we can work to build on what is working and reduce the challenges to success for both the individual and the group/community.




I practice from a Gestalt lens and believe that a therapists job is to support their client to figure out how they want their life to look, and what works for them personally to achieve this vision. While Gestalt is my preferred approach, I believe that the techniques employed during therapy should reflect the needs of each individual client. This allows the client to take the lead in the therapy process and own their growth in its entirety.

I have worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds and have worked extensively with trauma, and addictions. I have worked with families, couples, and individuals.


Areas of Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • PTSD
  • Working with individuals who work in the Adult Entertainment industry
  • Personality disorders
  • STD/STI contractions
  • Domestic abuse
  • Cognitive challenges, such as FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), learning difficulties, etc
  • Brain injuries (both genetic and acquired)




Master of Counselling                                                        2017-Ongoing

City University Seattle –Edmonton, Alberta


Addiction Care Worker Certificate Program          2015-2018

Studies in Addiction Counselling

McMaster University – Hamilton, Ontario


Bachelor of Arts Degree                                                    2009-2013

Specialization in Human Relations and a minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World.

Concordia University – Montreal, Quebec


Diploma of Collegial Studies– Social Sciences        2007 – 2009

John Abbott College – Montreal, Quebec


Professional Designations

  • Associate Addiction Counsellor – AAC 1277-16; (CCPC Global)


Training and Certifications

  • Certificate of Completion received for HIV Basics and Hepatitis C Basics, Online Course through Canvas Network. Ongoing course; Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV, anticipated completion this course is June 2020.
  • Specialized university training in group dynamics, counseling, and the development of action plans and intervention programs.
  • Standard first aid- level C – CPR/AED
  • ASSIST- suicide first aid
  • Family Group Conference Facilitation
  • Peacemaking Circle Process
  • Workplace Violence & Aggression Prevention Program
  • Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol (PDD)
  • Positive Behaviour Supports Version III -Train the Trainer
  • In-home Safety, Solution Focused Approaches
  • Child/ Youth & Family Enhancement Act
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Critical Incident Reporting
  • Signs



CCPC Global

Student member of PAA


Service Areas:

  • Harassment, Bullying & Violence
  • Psychological Health & Safety
  • Sex & Gender Wellness


Professional Experience

  • Group dynamics
  • Culture
  • Communication skills
  • Team management
  • Workshop development
  • Family Group Conference Facilitation