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Melissa has spent her career working with vulnerable children, youth, families, and adults. She has extensive knowledge and experience with mental health, addictions, development and behavioural concerns.
Melissa has worked in shelters, permanent supportive housing programs, treatment programs, been a nanny, and worked in a health centre. She has been practicing as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor since 2015.
Melissa recognizes that every child, youth and, family sitaution is unique and comes with its own struggles. With recognizing these she uses an adaptive approach based on what is shared with her and what everyone involved feels most appropriate.
Melissa works towards creating a welcoming, supportive, trusting environment that encourages collaboration, empowerment, and self-advocay.
Melissa comes from a client centered approach. This means that the individual receiving services has primary control over the session. Melissa also uses a Trauma Informed approach to all services provided.
Melissa provides different treatment approaches based on the presenting concerns and age of concerns of the individual or family.
Anxiety Substance Use Addiction Depression Attachment
Natural Supports Grief & Loss Resiliency Growth Mindset ADD
Anger Management Coping Skills Stress Family Conflict ADHD
Parenting Borderline Personality Self-esteem Blended Family
Assessment & Treatment Case Plan Children struggling with divorce
Behaviour Management Family Assessment & Intervention Plan
*but not limited to*
Full Certification through the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta
Registered with The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta