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Hey There

Sometimes things do not always go as planned. We try our best to handle things that life throws our way and yet there are times when we need an extra bit of help to get us through. In therapy, I offer a very supportive and compassionate approach to counselling. Your values, beliefs and experiences have made you who you are and how you navigate tough moments. In our time together, my goal is to support you in this journey and help you learn more about yourself, your struggles, and your needs. 
 
I believe in being genuine, honest, and compassionate. Building on a foundation of trust, I offer insights into your core values and what drives you to be the person you are, who you want to be, and the strengths you possess to make the changes set before you.  Life can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be tackled alone. 

All About Melissa

As a York University Alum, Melissa then completed her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of New Haven, Connecticut. Specializing with forensic populations, Melissa started her counselling career in Youth Justice working with at-risk youth, youth on probation, and youth in custody. After a number of years, Melissa transitioned and continues to work at a Children Community Mental Health agency where she is a clinical manager overseeing a number of children’s mental health programs and a large team of Psychotherapists, social workers, and other allied health professionals. Melissa has experience working with crisis programs, first responders, complex family custody situations, and children/youth and their families. Melissa is a registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as well as an approved Clinical Supervisor. 

 

Melissa’s training includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), and elements of many others. She has specialized training working with those in conflict with the law, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), victims of crime/trauma, sexually deviant behaviour, and parenting/co-parenting in situations of complex family dynamics. Melissa is also able to offer Christian informed counselling upon request.

 

Melissa is licensed in Ontario (with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario), therefore clients of this province are eligible for reimbursement through their private extended health insurance providers. Clients of British Columbia may also request services dependent on their plan details.

Melissa provides support to individuals (adults of all ages), children and teens, and families for:

Melissa provides services in English and can support you with a broad range of concerns. This list is by no means exhaustive. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your concern is not listed.

Melissa provides effective treatment using the following therapeutic approaches: 

More About Melissa's Approach

What led you to become a therapist?

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