Mel is a registered psychologist passionately working with adolescents, as well as parents seeking to better understand and support them. She started her career as a teacher, and for 12 years she taught Grades 6-12 in Canada and overseas. In 2013, she received her Master of Counselling from the University of Calgary. Mel now predominantly works with adolescents and provides counselling and consultation services within schools and private practice. She offers individual, group and parent sessions.
Mel has a keen interest in working with adolescents who struggle with relationships, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, and self-harm. She uses a creative and eclectic approach that is attachment-focused and trauma-informed. As her work is guided by the latest understanding of the brain, her approach integrates the mind, emotion and body. She has advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Known for her empathy and dedication, Mel creates safe and trusting relationships with her clients. Mel knows that feeling heard and understood is vital to our wellbeing. For this reason, she often involves parents in her work with her adolescent clients.
On a more personal note, when she is not at work, you can find Mel walking with her husband and sassy dog Lola, enjoying a local music event, bikepacking or travelling to remote places. And, when she doesn’t think anyone is watching, you might find her blasting music and dancing for her dog!