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Updated on Nov 15, 2023

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Shelly Qualtieri, RSW, MA

Alberta, RSW #13590

Seeing clients since 2009
About Shelly | She/her

Shelly Qualtieri is a Registered Social Worker with over 30 years experience in the field of social work and 16 years post-graduate experience and has completed her Masters of Investigations Management. Shelly is a Registered Social Worker in Alberta with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) Shelly is passionate about supporting teens, adults, couples, and First Responders. She can help with: suicide ideation self-harm anxiety depression trauma emotion disregulation relationship challenges negative self-talk low confidence struggles with self-esteem, among other concerns.

Message to clients

Have you ever felt hopeless, sad, overwhelmed and unsure of life. I believe with the right supports everyone can have the life they desire. As the owner of Shelly Qualtieri & Associates Counselling & Coaching, my goal is to create a safe and supportive space for teens and adults and couples to feel a little lighter after each session, empowered and more control of their life - with understanding the root cause of the challenges while providing practical tools and strategies to implement in their lives. I have always felt a passion to support people in understanding the root cause of their challenges and those sticky and hard moments. I look at counselling as being bite-size, achievable, with tangible strategies to find resolution to those areas you feel stuck. As we unpack these together I love the sense of empowerment I see grow within you.


Masters of Social Work | Mount Royal University, Calgary

Race and ethnicity


Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken


Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person


Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Suicidal thoughts

Additional areas of focus

Depression, First responders, Self harm, Self esteem/self worth, Suicidal thoughts

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Conversational, Inquisitive, Passionate, Solution-oriented


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused, Narrative, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)




Individual Session



Couples Session



Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Does not provide superbills for out-of-network-benefits
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Peer review

Shelly blends professional expertise with genuine compassion, creating a safe and nurturing space for clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. Shelly empowers her clients but creating bite-sized counselling that creates a transformative journey.

—Marizabel Forno, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Peer review

Shelly is a true professional in her field of expertise and holds a very safe space for anyone who is seeking mental support. She has a warm and welcoming energy that makes it easier to open up, and is incredibly passionate about what she does. I would recommend Shelly to anyone looking for mental health support, and she is also the person I refer my own clients to on an ongoing basis.

—Samantha Wong, Nutritionist
Peer review

Shelly works from a strength focused approach. She is very talented at creating meaningful change with all of her clients. I would highly recommend Shelly.

—Laura Laidlaw, RCC
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What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

About Us

Hi, we’re Best Therapists.

We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

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There are plenty of therapist directories to choose from.

But other therapist directories like Psychology Today, Good Therapy, Choosing Therapy, and more have hundreds (if not thousands) of results for therapists in your city alone. The search for your best therapist becomes instantly overwhelming, which stops some therapy-seekers in their tracks. Our involved vetting process goes way beyond a basic license check (unlike the other guys), which simplifies YOUR search.

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  1. If you are looking for free therapy or want therapy that's supplemented by another organization, Best Therapists isn't the best therapist directory for you.
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