Meet Schareen

Schareen Maher

Associate Addictions Counsellor

Photos courtesy of Julia Tiffin from Jules the Wild Canadian

Who Am I?

Now there’s a question! Hi, my name is Schareen, and I like to think the universe had a hand in bringing me here to work at Dochas. I was born and raised in Ireland, and my cultural background plays a huge role in guiding my day to day life. So, it was serendipitous and only natural that I ended up working with an agency with a Gaelic name!

I moved to Montreal with my family in my teens, and completed both my College Diploma, and my Bachelor of Arts Degree there. After that I made my way out to Alberta, where I was presented with some wonderful opportunities for growth and learning. Since moving here, I have had the honor of becoming a Certified Family Group Conference Facilitator as per the First Nations Traditional Practice through Blue Quills College. I have become a Certified Addictions Worker, allowing me to specialize my counselling practice to serve those struggling with drug, alcohol, or behavioural addictions/compulsions. And most recently, I am in the final stages of becoming a psychologist by completing my Master of Counselling Psychology degree and being able to register for my practice hours.

I have been privileged to support individuals with a variety of concerns, challenges, and traumas such as; depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD, individuals working in the sex trade industry, personality disorders, STD/STI contractions, domestic abuse, and cognitive challenges, such as FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), brain injuries (both genetic and acquired), learning difficulties, etc. I have worked with families, couples, and individuals.

Having had the opportunity to move around and meet a lot of new and wonderful people from all sorts of places, with all sorts of backgrounds, I have learned that everyone, even the seemingly most put together, is just trying to figure ‘it’ out! I believe that’s where therapy comes in. Having another person to sit and talk with can allow you the time and space to explore the ‘it’. So even if ‘it’ seems insurmountable having someone to support you in sitting with ‘it’ can be helpful. As the old Irish saying goes “Giorraíonn beirt bóthar” (Two people shorten the road).

Working With Me

I believe that life gives us puzzle pieces (experiences) that make up our individual mosaic. With each puzzle piece we rearrange and adjust the picture to reflect the integration of each new piece we are given, each time recreating our new and wonderful picture. Problems surface when we are given new pieces and we don’t want or know how to rearrange the picture anymore. I believe my role is to support you in figuring out how the new puzzle piece fits into your life picture. So, you are the expert in the room! I will do my best to support you in figuring out how you want your new picture to look. To do this we may draw techniques from a variety of counselling styles, sometimes we may just talk, sometimes we may use worksheets/lists, sometimes we may use guided visualization practices. We can focus on one specific section of your life, or open it up to the big picture, whatever you feel you need to help you make sense of your journey.

While I hope I am the right person to help you on your journey, there is always the possibility that I may not be the right fit for you; and that’s okay too! If you decide I am not the right person for the job we can work together to help you find someone who may be a better fit. So, either way you will be supported throughout this exploration of self.

So, if you have liked what you have read and feel like you would like to share your story with me, I would love to meet with you and talk about how I may be able to support you in your journey.

If you would like to know what it might be like to work with me on your issue,

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