Melissa completed her Masters of Social Work from Ryerson University. She is trained in the following modalities: cognitive behavioural therapy; cognitive processing therapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy, solution-focused, harm reduction, and anti-oppressive practices. Her style is collaborative and creative, bringing the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) at the centre of any modality.
Melissa believes in different ways of knowing, and encourages people to tap into their ways of knowing to promote health and well being. She works from a holistic approach, and invites individuals to bring their body, mind, and spirit into each session.
Melissa provides trauma-informed, queer-friendly, and fat-positive counselling. Her areas of speciality include: workplace stress, stress management, shame and guilt, feeling stuck, anger management, depression and anxiety, post traumatic slave syndrome, trauma, and trans health assessments. She maintains an anti-racist and anti-oppressive approach.
Melissa strongly believes that therapy is one of the many ways towards growth, awareness, and empowerment. It is a step towards tapping into your inner wisdom and allowing yourself to unfold into your authentic self. She sees her role as facilitating a safer space for you, and using evidence-based therapeutic interventions that will address your needs.
"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge” -Audre Lorde.
Melissa is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and of the Ontario Association of Social Workers