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Meet Melissa

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“ There are two gifts we give our children

-the first is roots and the other is wings”

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Home

  • Emotional outbursts

  • Behavioural issues

  • Parenting differences

  • Regressive behaviours

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School

  • Impulse control

  • School refusal/avoidance

  • Executive functioning

  • Performance reduction

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Relationships

  • Sibling rivalry

  • Family conflict

  • Friendship/peer challenges

  • Social withdrawal

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Personal

  • Self-esteem

  • Motivation

  • Mood lability

  • Anger/irritability

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Behavioural

  • Risk-taking behaviours

  • Thoughts of suicide

  • Self-harming behaviours

  • Running away

Registered Psychologist

 Calgary

The Who.

My name is Melissa and I am a Registered Psychologist with ten years of experience providing intuitive and intentional counselling services to hundreds of children, teenagers, adults and their families.

I’m also a mom which adds compassion and clarity as well as informs how I work with families and allows me to envision the entire system from the child’s perspective.

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The Why.

My interest in psychology began in my teen years, with a family member who was struggling and unable to find the right help. Seeing first-hand the results of mental health symptoms on this individual, their entire family and the domino effect outward into the areas of relationships, employment, future, community, etc.

This experience held great meaning for me and I often wondered how the outcome might have shifted with efficient and meaningful support.

In my practice, my clients are not strangers, they are humans, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, with stories and with their own “dominoes” to be upheld, livelihoods to be strengthened and rooted.

I am honoured to connect with each and every family I have met over the years.

The What.

I have come to learn two very important distinctions between clients who see change and those who don’t.

 

1. The first is exactly what you are doing right now - looking for support and being open to change.

 

2. The second is the ability to follow through; know that you are not alone, I will be your support team, here to coach you through, week by week, from the position you are currently standing, to where you would like to be,  even if that place is only defined as “anywhere but here!”.

The How.

My practice is based on several research-based and outcome-focused counselling strategies that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the child, the family, and the surrounding environment.

I primarily rely upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. But these are merely the ingredients, akin to the light and water that allows a plant to grow.

The most crucial component is the relationship, the trust, and the connection between all parties involved - this is the seed. Change happens with a clear path, an identified goal, and small steps forward. We can do this together.

The When.

Most families reach out seeking help to facilitate:

  • family members getting along better;

  • an understanding of what is “normal” child development and;

  • symptoms of mental health; or

  • children’s difficult behaviours are impacting the entire family system, causing difficulties more days than not.

There is always a way. We will start with the foundation, the roots, and we will build our way up until you feel the impact and see the light shine and radiate.

Even if counselling hasn’t worked in the past, or it’s been difficult to find the right “fit”, you’ve come to the right place,  I’m so glad you’re here. I look forward to starting the conversation and getting to know you and your family.

Education:

  • Degree: B.Sc. Psychology (Honours), 2007

    • ​M.C. Family Transition Points and Adaptation

  • Masters of Counselling (Honours), 2012

    • ​M.C. Family Transition Points and Adaptation

Additional training in: 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Adlerian Art and Play Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Developmental Theory

  • Neufeld Institute Resilience + Relationship Training

  • Co-Parenting Conflict Intervention 

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