Scott Smillie MSW, RSW, Social Work in Edmonton, Alberta, T6E1Z8

Scott Smillie


Scott Smillie


Professions: Social Worker
License Status: I'm a registered professional.
Primary Credential: Registered Social Worker, Alberta College of Social Workers - 5688
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $150 per one hour session
Free Initial Consultation


#200, 6732-75 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6E1Z8

My Approach to Helping

My approach to helping people is rooted in the belief that trust between client and counsellor is paramount. If trust is lacking, a therapist's ability to identify negative themes and patterns in your life will be limited. With 35 years of experience in a range of roles and settings, I'm convinced that people want to feel heard, cared about, and genuinely supported to improve their lives. Although I bring a range of skills and approaches to counselling, ultimately my ability to empathize with clients and their sense of relatability of me, is key to establishing what is a unique partnership. I believe that both client and counsellor are mutually responsible for the effectiveness of the counselling process. When people take the step to get counselling, they are often at a point of feeling worn down, feeling negative about themselves and their relationships and lose site of their strengths and all that life has to offer. I see my role being to help people regain a sense of purpose and strength in their lives and gaining the insights and skills to live life in a more fulfilling and meaningful way. It can be a difficult step to reach out for help, but it can also be life changing!

More Info About My Practice

My credentials are in Social Work and I have obtained a diploma, degree and masters degree in Social Work. I have been in the profession for 35 years. That being said, I have diverse life and professional experiences that I bring to the counselling relationship. I've worked many years in inner-city communities, treatment centres, child welfare, family support services, housing/homelessness, and youth serving organizations supporting those living high-risk lifestyles. I have traveled extensively and also co-manage a charity in Ethiopia. I have experienced a lot and thus there is no judgement in my office. I see all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual identity, or gender, etc., as equal and worthy. As a mother, father, brother, sister, daughter, son, aunt/uncle, etc., we all have purpose in life and my hope is to help people to normalize their situations so they can gain strength to fulfill this purpose to the fullness of their ability.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Although I've worked in a range of settings and with a range of people, a lot of my professional focus has been in the areas of mental health, addictions, and trauma, working with at risk youth and adults and providing family support and general supportive counselling.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Youth, Adults, High Risk Lifestyles, Multicultural Populations, First Nations, Students

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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