South LocationView Team
Melissa Clark completed her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with a focus on family-centred approaches and parenting. Her practice is based on collaboration, adaptation, compassion and evidence-based treatment. Melissa utilizes a combination of Attachment Theory (based on the importance of relationships and connection) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness) when working with individuals and families. Previous work as a Family Counsellor at Alberta Health Services (School Based Mental Health and Alberta Children’s Hospital), as well as time spent providing individual and family therapy at a domestic violence shelter and addictions/mental health clinic has provided her with a wealth of experience, knowledge and tools. Her primary areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, addiction, attachment and family relationships, behavioural challenges, separation/divorce and emotional regulation.
Melissa views the child as part of a system, involving parents, siblings, school and the greater community. Because of this focus, each client is seen as unique and dynamic. A program is developed to meet the needs of the family, often involving a combination of individual therapy, parenting support and family therapy. The creation of this toolkit involves a thorough assessment of the child’s strengths, needs, development and current challenges and is intended to support both the child and the parent(s) develop their competency, confidence and connection. As a parent herself, Melissa is aware of the need for a multitude of tools in order to manage the growing and evolving needs of every family. Melissa is very passionate and dedicated about her work, and truly enjoys the opportunity to be part of each family’s journey towards resolution and development.