BSW, MC, RSW
Senior Therapeutic Counsellor, Courtenay
Melanie has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and has a Master of Counselling degree. She has over 15 years of experience working with a wide range of people struggling with substance use dependency, significant mental health challenges, historical and/or current trauma processing and healing, relational challenges, as well as sexual and gender exploration. She enjoys individual work, as well as working with couples and families of all types of make-up. She spent 8 months as an Intern Clinician on the Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health team and has done other placements in the mental health field as well as in areas of substance dependency. This work has taught her much about resiliency, resistance, hope and the tenacity of the human spirit.
Melanie takes a holistic approach to her work, and believes that the treatment plan should be as unique as the individual, or individuals in front of her. She believes in each person’s capacity for change and that it takes courage and compassion to embark on the journey to self-love. Melanie takes a trauma-informed, heart and person-centred approach and credits her empathy and strong intuition for helping others navigate their own growth and healing. She is a lifelong learner and is currently studying Somatic Sex Education and deeply enjoys helping individuals and couples access greater intimacy in their lives. Melanie believes you are the expert in your life and will work alongside you to help you access your own inner wisdom. She believes deeply that every human has the capacity for change. She is respectfully and gratefully acknowledges that land in which she works, lives and plays is the unceded traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation.