Melanie is the newest member of the Synergy team. She has completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Masters in Counselling Psychology (MACP) while living in Canmore, Alberta. She has completed a thesis in multi-tasking, neuropsychology which has been published in the Frontiers Journal of Neuroscience. Melanie has over 11 years’ experience working with children, adolescence, and adults. Melanie is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a standing member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. She holds qualifications and certificates in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCIT), Indigenous Cultural Safety, Decolonizing & Indigenizing Psychological Practice with Indigenous Peoples, along with Psychoeducational and Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic experience.
Melanie has provided psychological and counselling support in various settings, including mental health services, educational settings, multidisciplinary clinics, and private practice. Her specializations include counselling and play- based therapy in various areas, including childhood and adolescent mental health, parent coaching, behavioral challenges and enhancing overall development. She has intensive experience targeting concerns related to anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Delays, interpersonal relationships, emotional regulation, and overall healing and coping, and more. Melanie uses an integrative approach to meet client’s where they are at. She embraces a client-centered approach using various therapeutic treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Solution-Focused, Attachment-Based, Positive & Behavioral, Mindfulness-Based, and Interpersonal Therapy. She thrives on taking a cultural, empathetic approach in guiding the client through their own personalized journey.
Melanie exhibits a passion for learning and loves to travel with her family. If she is not in Alberta, she is most likely enjoying the sun and some vitamin sea. She loves spending time with her 3 sons and husband, making memories through travel, connecting with good friends and family, and maximizing down time when she can. Lastly, she loves learning about alternative cultures through her practice and on her free time.