Mel is a registered psychologist predominantly working with adolescents, young adults, and families whose lives and relationships are impacted by anxiety, depression, perfectionism, low self-esteem, anger, difficulties with emotional regulation, self-harm, and trauma. Having started a career in education, teaching Grades 6-12 in Canada and overseas, Mel has a diverse background. She received her Master of Counselling from the University of Calgary and also holds an Honors Bachelor of Science (in Nutritional Science) and a Bachelor of Education. For the last 7 years, her focus has been on adolescent mental health.
Mel provides care that is non-judgemental, non-blaming, compassionate, and collaborative. She uses an integrative, creative and eclectic approach that is attachment-focused and trauma-informed. Mel has advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy). Her therapist toolbox also includes other modalities such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Motivational Interviewing.
Known for her empathy and dedication, Mel understands how challenging it can be to face the issues that bring young people to her office. For this reason, she creates safe, honest and trusting relationships that help clients to open up, cultivate insights and build skills that create positive change. Currently, Mel provides counselling and consultation within a school and in private practice and offers individual, group and parent sessions.