Monique Smith, M.S.W., B.A. (Religion), R.S.W.

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  • Masters in Social Work; Registered Social Worker
  • Ranchlands NW Calgary and Cochrane, AB, Calgary, Alberta, T3G 1E4
  • Phone: 403-870-0654
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  • Session Fees: $60-$110 Sliding fee scale, plus activity fees if applicable.
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Webcam


Each client is unique. Prusik recognizes this and attempts to meet the client where he or she is at. Having witnessed the positive effects of both mentorship and therapy, Prusik utilizes both formal and informal methods of therapy. Because Prusik recognizes that not all children/youth are the same, we offer specialized counselling to youth and young adults age 5-25. Prusik Youth Counselling and Mentorship Services is flexible and works to meet the needs of the client. Please call for more information. 


Prusik offers specialized counselling options for youth and young adults, to meet the specific needs of the clients: 


Prusik offers formal in-office counselling, drawing on systematic, narrative, CBT, DBT and solution-focused models of therapy. 


According to Hoffman (2002) “Most of our communications derive strength from images, metaphors, and analogies, since these devices allow us to escape ... from our word webs.” Photography-based therapy allows clients to use image to express what is often difficult to say in words. Based on narrative and solution-focused models of practice, Prusik utilizes a unique photography-based therapeutic approach developed by Monique Smith. This methodology helps clients create new understanding and meaning through the use of metaphors and imagery. Clients use photography to explore a “preferred future,” helping them to identify new possibilities and move towards change. 


Rooted in an Experiential-Learning model of practice, activity-based counselling understands that learning occurs when an individual makes sense of his or her own direct experiences. As Confucius once said, “Tell me, and I will forgot. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” Activity-based counselling challenges youth mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually through new challenges as clients are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and apply them to every day life. Furthermore, it helps clients to experience feelings of significance and self-worth as clients overcome new challenges. Activity-based counselling values relationship and positive role modeling. Kurt Hahn said that youth suffer from “the misery of unimportance.” Prusik helps clients feel important and supported through mentorship relationships. 


Prusik extends its formal counselling services to young adults, 18-22. 


Prusik Youth Counselling and Mentorship Services is inclusive and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender etc. However, at the request and direction of the client, Prusik is able to provide Christian counselling, addressing issues relating to spirituality and faith. 

Prusik can provide e-counselling using formal and photography-based therapy.

About Prusik Therapist, Monique Smith (B.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.)

Monique brings a rich and diverse history of youth work to her practice. In a professional capacity, Monique has worked with at-risk youth in treatment centres and in open custody group homes. Her most recent experience includes counselling young offenders with mental health concerns. Additionally, Monique has worked with youth in the role of rock climbing instructor, English teacher in South Korea and camp counsellor and wilderness out-trip director at summer camps. 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. In addition to counselling, Monique works as a freelance photographer. Monique integrates her many passions into her counselling practice. Monique holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Theology (NABC ’02) and a Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work (U of C ’09; ’10). Monique is a certified ACMG Indoor Rock Climbing Instructor and has received extensive wilderness training through the Crownest Outdoor Leadership Training Program.


Monique Smith Reaches

Calgary AB