Dr. Susan MacDonald Ph.D. Registered Psychologist – Calgary

Specializing in: Career Counselling Personal CounsellingCorporate Services

Calgary Career Counsellor

With extensive experience in both counselling psychology and human resources, Calgary psychologist Dr. Susan MacDonald is your first choice in helping you on your road to success. Susan has extensive experience working with individuals, as well as organizations. Whether you are looking to improve your personal life or career, Dr. MacDonald can assist you in finding solutions to better your life, both personally and professionally.

Work and career are an important part of our lives. Whether making a career decision for the first time, or later in life, professional career counselling can help you find the job that is right for you. Career counselling will help you understand yourself, your strengths, personality, interests, and values. Career counselling offers you understanding of the world of work, and how to find the best job for you in the Calgary market and beyond.

As well, Dr. Susan MacDonald has widespread experience in all areas of personal counselling. If you are going through any type of life change or transition, or difficulty such as anxiety, stress or depression for example, counselling is the proactive, effective way to get your life back on track.

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Dr. Susan MacDonald
Registered Psychologist – Calgary Career Counsellor
430 15 Street NW Calgary

High school students
College/university students
Professional development
Job dissatisfaction
Maternity leave
Job loss

Who I am:

I am a Registered Psychologist in Calgary who is passionate about helping people find the right career path. I have helped thousands of clients make career decisions with courage and confidence, and based upon solid rationale for why they are making the right choice.

What I do:

I operate from a short term, solution focused, strengths based approach with career counselling. A first meeting is about an hour long where I get to know you as an individual, and what you’ve done over your lifetime both in and out of work, as everything is interrelated. If you have any ideas on what you’d like to pursue, I’d love to hear them, and if not, then career counselling is the place to discover these answers. Next, I have you complete four tests online at your convenience.  Then we get together for a second appointment which is two hours in length. This is where I interpret your testing for you, I tie the reports all together so it makes a big picture for you, and I link it to everything I learned about you as a person, so it makes perfect sense from your life and your perspective.

What sets me apart from other career counsellors in Calgary

  • I have a PhD which involved a lot of research relating to careers.
  • I have taught career theory at the graduate level to many students over the years.
  • As a Registered Psychologist, you can submit your receipts for career counselling to your extended medical plan or health spending account (and to your partner’s plan too), and it is also a tax deductible medical receipt on your income tax return.
  • Many of my new career clients are referred to me by former career clients who were very happy with the career counselling process.
  • Also, with my training with personal issues, I am able to address all your concerns simultaneously.

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Dr. Susan MacDonald
Registered Psychologist – Calgary Career Counsellor
430 15 Street NW Calgary

Career Counselling FAQs

How many sessions does career counselling take?

Typically 3-4 hours and 4 tests work really well for people.  Some people may benefit from more sessions if they require further clarity with their career decision, if they are looking at various educational routes, or need to overcome any obstacles standing in their way for their career success.

When should I consider career counselling?

There are many opportune times across your lifespan to consider career counselling. These include when you are in high school, when getting close to completing a college or university program, when feeling dissatisfied with your work, when getting laid off, when considering a career change, and when getting close to retirement.

Why is career counselling so important?

The world of work has changed more quickly in the past few decades than in any other period in history. For the majority of people starting on a career path, many of the occupations they will hold over their lifetime haven’t even been invented yet due to changes in technology, demographics, and globalization. Given that career choice has become more complex than ever before, having career counselling with a professional is more important than ever before.

Can you direct bill for insurance?

Most insurance companies have you submit your receipt for payment. And most insurance companies are quick to reimburse you, so often you’ve been repaid before your credit card is due (if paying by credit card.)

How much does career counselling cost?

Testing is $80 each, and fees are $200 an hour. The overall cost of career counselling is generally less than the cost of one course. It is truly a great investment in your future.

What types of payment do you take?

You may pay by cash, cheque, credit, debit, or e-transfer. A receipt is issued for reimbursement through your insurance.

What are the tests used for career counselling?

The four tests I use are a career personality, career interests, career values, and career conflict scales. All have high validity and reliability, and provide a wealth of information for your career counselling process.

What does career counselling do for people?

Career counselling is a very positive, enlightening, and empowering experience for people. It helps people make sense of why things aren’t working for them, and what would be a better fit. It improves people’s confidence in their decision making abilities, and offers goals with a plan of action moving forward.  The self-awareness that comes from career counselling helps not only with career choice, but can enhance all aspects of one’s life.

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Dr. Susan MacDonald
Registered Psychologist – Calgary Career Counsellor
430 15 Street NW Calgary

Calgary – Counselling Psychologist


Everyone experiences tough spots at some point in life. Sometimes we’d like things to change, but just don’t know how to make it happen. Counselling is one of the best ways to get through difficult times, and to move on to becoming a stronger and more resilient person. Professional counselling can help you live your life to the fullest!
Dr. MacDonald’s counselling practice in Calgary includes working with individuals, couples, and families. Counselling is offered in all areas of life management including mental health concerns, relationships, health and wellness issues, or life transitions, just to name a few possibilities. Whatever your area of concern, Susan can help you maximize your potential.

Dr. Susan MacDonald is a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta

Everyone can benefit from counselling, when faced with challenges. Stress, anxiety and depression are very common for so many, and for people of all ages. We will all face the loss of a loved one at some point during our lives. Sometimes we want to make lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or maintaining an exercise regime. Or maybe we’d like help to better communicate with others, or when dealing with conflict in our lives. Call Dr. MacDonald today to get started on your best life ever!

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Dr. Susan MacDonald
Counselling Psychologist – Calgary
430 15 Street NW Calgary

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The Calgary workplace is competitive, and leading edge companies who attract and retain quality employees invest in workplace consulting. Dr. MacDonald has worked in the oil and gas industry for many years, and knows Calgary’s business environment well. She can help make recommendations to ensure employees, teams, and entire companies are dynamic, strategic and effective. Workplace consulting can improve productivity and have a positive impact on employee satisfaction, and on an organization’s financial bottom line.

As a Calgary psychologist, Susan has the added benefit of a Commerce degree specializing in the management of organizations and human resources. Concerned about workplace wellness, Dr. MacDonald serves on Alberta’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee. Her services are available to individual employees and managers, as well as to teams and departments. She offers workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, specifically designed to meet your organizational needs.

Some areas of corporate consulting provided by Dr. MacDonald include leadership development, studies to improve business efficacy, and strategies to hire and retain quality workers. She is highly knowledgeable in the area of workplace transitions, such as international careers including expatriation, repatriation, immigration, and retirement. Susan is skilled in mediation, conflict resolution and coaching. Contact her today to maximize your organizational effectiveness!

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Dr. Susan MacDonald
Corporate Psychologist – Calgary
430 15 Street NW Calgary

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Individual, Organization & Corporate Psychological Services - Calgary - Career Counsellor - Dr. Susan MacDonald, Registered Psychologist
430 15 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 2A9
Phone: 403-295-8355

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