Hello! My name is Melissa Anderson, and I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts from the University of Guelph, and a Master’s in Social Work from Laurentian University. I have over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, youth, adults, couples, and families. I am very passionate about the field and strive to provide a safe and secure space for all individuals to heal and grow.
I use a variety of techniques and modalities in my every day practice including cognitive-behavioural therapy, cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and emotion focused therapy. I am also an Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner, and am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
I recognize that everyone’s needs are unique and tailor plans to match your needs, your goals and your expertise. I believe that wellness is achieved in exploring the needs of the whole body. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief, suicidality, self-harm, eating disorders, trauma, family systems, addictions, parenting needs and behaviour challenges. My approach is supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental to challenge troublesome thinking patterns and learn new ways of coping to help instill hope, achieve emotion regulation, and a sense of love and belonging
"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
- Nido Qubein
Individual Therapy COST: $140
Couples Therapy COST: $150
Individual therapy may be for your if you are struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, fears, trauma, stress, low self-esteem or self-confidence. Individual therapy may also be used for the treatment of various mental health issues and employs a variety of techniques tailored individually in collaboration with you to meet your needs. I am trained in a variety of modalities to support you in reaching your goals. Some of the techniques often used are cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive processing therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and emotion-focused therapy.
Couples counselling is often used to help with effective communication in relationships. Sometimes couples struggle with being able to communicate their needs to one another resulting in feelings of disconnect and isolation. Couples counselling can help to learn and develop curiosity about communication patterns so that connection and intimacy can be restored.
Family Therapy COST: $150
Over time family situations can change through divorce, separation, grief, loss, or specific mental health challenges that result in unique and challenging circumstances. Family therapy can offer a supportive environment for collaborative problem-solving that allows every member of the family to feel safe to express themselves.
I am also specifically trained in family-based therapy and emotional focused family therapy for the treatment of eating disorders.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
COST: $140 for 50 minutes
EFT is a form of Energy Psychology that is based on the ancient Chinese meridian energy system. It is based on the concept that negative emotions are the result of a disruption in the body’s energy system. EFT is used to clear the energy block or disruption by tapping on the end points of the body’s meridian systems. Focusing on a specific issue and tapping on end points of meridians sends pulses of energy to rebalance the system and rewire the brain’s conditioned responses. EFT works to gently release traumatic memories, phobias, and cravings, as well as limiting beliefs and negative thoughts and emotions.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and am passionate about holistic wellness. Private individual and group yoga sessions are available. Please contact me for more information.
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