Annina Schmid Counselling - Substance Use Counselling Toronto

If you want to stop making the same old decisions, you're in the right place.

I am Annina and I can help you explore – and, if you like, reduce – your problematic behaviours.

I have recovered from disordered eating and binge drinking myself, and can support you in finding alternative and more helpful ways of coping. 

Together, we will look at what you would like to see different in your current situation and how we can achieve that for you as quickly as possible. 

Rather than looking at what doesn't work, we will spend most of our time looking at what is already working for you. 

Together, we will identify personalized tools and strategies for you that will help you step back into your power.

My clients appreciate that I work from a strengths-based, harm-reduction perspective. The method I use is Solution-Focused Dialogue. Other philosophies I employ are Positive Psychology, Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size (R). 

My office is decorated to feel like a living room and is size-inclusive, which means that comfortable seating is provided for people of all shapes and sizes.

I am a feminist counsellor and as such welcome women, men and members of the LGBTTIQQ+ communities who think my services could be beneficial.

I am a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a general member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP). 

Speaking engagements include:

  • National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) Conference 2019

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Conference 2019

  • BodyPeace Conference 2019

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) Conference 2019

I am receiving ongoing training in solution-focused dialogue at the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching, where I am also the Community Development Manager.

I am a Clinician Counsellor at the Recovery Care Collective, a Canadian non-profit organization that strives to improve access to outpatient eating disorder services across the country.

I am also a Community Partner at Body Brave, a not-for-profit that provides support and guidance to individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues. 

For Heal At Home, a unique in home treatment provider, I developed a first of its kind, weight-inclusive eating disorder treatment program that is rooted in Health At Every Size® and Intuitive Eating philosophies.

I have also been selected as one of thirty Canadians chosen by the Canadian Eating Disorders Priority Setting Partnership in 2018 to co-establish the top ten research priorities in the field of eating disorders, designed to shape eating disorder endeavours in the future and to increase their visibility.

Most recently, I was awarded the Online Addiction Medicine Diploma by the British Columbia Centre On Substance Use. I have further graduated from the Addictions Careworker Diploma program at McMaster University in Hamilton. While I have not applied for the Associate Certified Coach credential offered by the International Coach Federation, I fulfill their application requirements.  

I am a new student at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, where I will be working towards my CRPO registration over the coming six years.

Since 2013, I have trained as Restorative Yoga teacher at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in Toronto and as Preventive Care Practitioner (via SGD Darmstadt, Germany).

Previously, I graduated from the Department of War Studies of King’s College, London, with an M.A. in Conflict, Security and Development. In my first career, I was a digital strategy consultant, online activist and blogger. 

Extracurricular certificates and courses I have completed online and in person include, but are not limited to: Solution-Focused Dialogue (Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching), Positive Psychology (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Buddhism and Modern Psychology (Princeton University), Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society (University of Michigan), The Addicted Brain (Emory University), Neurofeedback in a Clinical Practice (Institute for Applied Neuroscience), and Mindfulness as an Adjunct to Addiction Treatment (Trafalgar Residences).

I provide counselling services in English, German and Swiss-German.

I look forward to helping you make positive change.

If you are struggling with cake, wine or weed, book yourself in for a free consultation.

There is no reflection of the self in moving water.
Only in still water.
— Zen Proverb