Melissa’s hope is that counselling may be a space for you to come just as you are. It can be difficult to find spaces like these on the daily or when crisis arises in our lives. Often, we attempt to deal with our struggles in isolation and by hiding our experienes from others. However, Melissa believes that connection with self and others is essential in undoing that aloneness, and for cultivating deep change. She feels honoured to collaborate with clients and would like to acknowledge how much courage it takes to step into the unknown, by engaging in the therapeutic process. Melissa takes on an attachment-based and trauma-informed perspective, engaging with a person-centered approach, while integrating other elements that focus on being growth-oriented and returning to the here-and-now.
Melissa completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology through Trinity Western University. She has a background of working with women in a residential environment, supporting them through various mental health challenges. Additionally, she is continuing to gain experience with clients in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, suicide, eating disorders, stress-management and interpersonal difficulties, and is currently working with clients of all ages and stages of life.