Toward Moves Counselling

Feeling Stuck?

Together, let's find a way forward.

Individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Online, Phone and In-Person

Kate McGoey-Smith

                      Kate McGoey-Smith

DipNrsg, MSW, RSW (AB & ON), FM,

Acceptance & Commitment Therapist (ACT)

ACT/Prosocial Matrix Trainer & Facilitator

Brief Solution Focussed Therapy Techniques

     Ontario (on-line only); Alberta  (on-line;          phone) & in-person - Calgary & Area

Whole Plant-based Lifestyle Coaching:                            International

"Becoming more psychologically flexible to love yourself as much as you love others.”

✅  Over 25 Years of working with children to seniors in healthcare, mental health, addictions, education and workplaces

✅  Offering empathic support while helping you gain new perspectives on your  experiences/stories

✅  Helping you to sort your experiences, recognizing your hooks and stuck loops

✅  Increasing your psychological flexibility to notice what you are doing and choosing what works to get you where you want to go, even in the presence of obstacles (ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in action) - Becoming more psychologically flexible to love yourself as much as you love others!

✅ Also available: Whole Plant-based Lifestyle  Coaching (fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes; oil-free) for reversing and preventing lifestyle diseases like diabetes; heart; bowel issues, arthritis, obesity, some forms of cancer and more

✅ Unhooking from cravings and being free to live a lighter, longer, stronger life!

Disclaimer: No Medical or Legal Advice - Always work closely with your medical team for direction, monitoring and assistance. You are fully responsible for all your choices and actions.

Get unstuck, and become a client

Find a way forward today, and contact Kate for counselling services.

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✅  Tired of trying behaviours that only offer temporary relief from painful thoughts, feelings, memories or bodily aches and pains? Finding yourself able to love others more than yourself?

✅  Explore behaviours that help you move toward who and what is important to you despite such challenges as existing with chronic health issues; anxiety; depression; loss and grief; fractured relationships (at home and /or at work); parenting (single, couple, step or blended); school issues (including homework allergies and peer relationships); social media management or substance abuse.

✅  Discover the power of "noticing" what you are doing, so you can respond flexibly rather than react - staying cool, calm and collected even in difficult situations, living by your values, and loving yourself as much as you love others.

✅  You are in the driver's seat - you determine the your desired  hopes and outcomes.


We acknowledge that we are residing on Treaty 7 Territory, which includes the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. The land on which we work from, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River is named “Moh’kins’tsis” (in Blackfoot translation meaning “Elbow”) which we now know as the City of Calgary. We honour and respect the importance of land to the traditional people of this territory, and are committed to learning about our shared history and act in accordance to build a better future for all.

Check Out Our Recorded Webinars:

These recordings are being transferred to Toward Moves Counselling Youtube Channel.  Please be patient during this transition. Thank you!

Social Work Talk: Psychological Flexibility for Social Workers (Counsellors / Human Service / Health Professionals are always welcome) .

Increase perspective-taking and psychological flexibility for both you as a social worker and for your counselling, coaching or community clients.

Whole Plant-based Lifestyle Library of Recordings:  Click on link to watch first  two recordings here:
"Mini Victories for Your Wellness Path"  7 Minute Webinars
"Convertible Plant-based Cuisine": Cooking Demos with Grocery Store Foods
A must read article:The International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention (Volume 1 No.2 2019) has published our paper on:

"Reversal of Pulmonary Hypertension, Diabetes, and Retinopathy after Adoption of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet" Kate J. McGoey-Smith, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Andrew David McGoey-Smith

Here is the article in full:

The Power of Teaming with Kate . . .

Kate has been so motivating and especially encouraging along the way...

Kate has made a profound difference in my life by setting such a remarkable example and by having the courage to share her experience

Thank you, Kate.

Kate was very professional and compassionate in all of my dealings with her.

Most important, she gave hope of recovery and encouragement to those present.

Her enthusiasm and positive attitude were very uplifting.Kate, you are making a significant difference in the lives of others. Thank you!

- P.K, Dunster, BC

Kate McGoey-Smith is a skilled practitioner who not only knows counselling, but also the intricacies of whole food plant-based eating.

This made her a perfect match for me. She is solution-oriented, positive and kept me accountable to myself.

Together, we replaced my "Can’t Do" attitude with a "Can Do" one! I recommend her highly.

- L. S., USA

Kate McGoey-Smith is absolutely one of the most amazing people I have ever met... turning tragedy into blessings and terminology such as: "suffering as collateral beauty"

- Laurie Marbas, MD, Colorado, USA

Kate focused and inspired me to 'dig in' and completely immerse myself into a whole food plant based diet.

Her coaching and ongoing support enabled me to lose 50 pounds, get my blood pressure and cholesterol to normal levels, best of all, I no longer have type 2 diabetes!

- M.H., Calgary, AB

Kate is a compassionate and caring Counsellor who is easy to converse with.

She worked collaboratively with me to identify and discover practical solutions that helped me immensely in my health and personal journey.

It has truly been life changing. I highly recommend Kate's services.

- On-line Client, Alberta

"Mary" (changed for privacy), a post-secondary student, was suffering from the pain of performance anxiety and perfectionism. Sessions involved recognizing her critical voice and learning skills to sty in the present moment. Nary reported feeling much calmer and now responds rather than reacts to new challenges. School seems so much easier now!

"Bill and Marie" (changed for privacy) were in lots of painful conflict in their roles as parents. Their children were left confused and frustrated from their parents' mixed expectations and messages. Nobody was happy. With parental coaching sessions, Bill and Marie identified their shared values and learned how to get off the 'toxic triangle' of ineffective communication. Now they work together and are more appreciative of each other's contributions- no more mixed messages and more peaceful meal times!

"Susan" (changed for privacy) was absorbed in the pain of shame from secretly self-medicating herself with alcohol during the evenings and weekends. Sessions provided a safe space to explore her unworkable relationship with alcohol and learn to identify her triggering hooks. She realized how her limiting beliefs kept her stuck and what she could do to move toward a better version of herself. Small, effective steps (with some natural missteps) eventually lead to her desired outcome of living life without alcohol!

"Malik" (changed for privacy) woke each morning with a painful sense of dread, knowing he would be facing another work day. The direction of the work and the ever-changing culture of the workplace was no longer the fit he previously thrived in. He felt anxious and depressed. Sessions help to support Malik to take a much needed medical leave to restore his sleeping, eating and exercise habits.  He learned how to unhook from self-sabotaging to practicing more self-compassionate behaviours. Malik also learned how to communicate assertively to effectively get his needs met both at work and home. Now, when anxiety and depression shows up, he knows how to keep moving toward his best life!  

"Mohamed" (changed for privacy) felt paralyzing pain over the loss of his partner of many years. He felt so lost and alone in his grief. Sessions were a safe and supportive space to honour his grief. He learned how to gently become more self-compassionate and to mindfully live in the present rather the past or future. With time, he could embrace and appreciate the many treasures attached to this loss and found himself participating in social activities with renewed joy!

"Eddie" is suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is overweight by over 50 pounds. Several doctors have predicted that Type 2 Diabetes is inevitable. Whole Plant-based Lifestyle coaching helped learn how to manage the common gap between knowing and doing. They learned what triggers overeating and how to make friends with food. Small steps lead to big changes like having blood pressure and cholesterol readings in the normal range, losing over forty pounds and counting and blood sugars that eliminate the chance of developing diabetes! 

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