Melissa Seiling MSW, RSW, is a registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University in 1998.
Melissa has offered social work services across a variety of sectors including family services, children’s mental health, medical social work and private psychotherapy practice. She has worked as a recreational therapist and case manager in hospital-based programs for people with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury and Aphasia. Melissa’s experience also includes home-based crisis counselling for parent-teen conflict through the Yorktown Adolescent Project. Melissa also has extensive experience providing domestic violence and sexual abuse counselling and couples therapy. Most recently Melissa provided clinical social work services at the Welland McMaster Family Health Team where she conducted individual, couple and group therapy as well as Memory Clinic assessments for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
Melissa’s approach draws upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She achieved Level One certification in the Brief and Narrative Therapy Extern Training Program with Families, Couples and Individuals at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Melissa has also received extensive training related to anxiety, depression, trauma, as well as grief and loss.
Melissa is passionate about connecting clients to their own strengths and supporting their next best steps in the aftermath of trauma and loss. She finds inspiration in walking with people as they rebuild their lives, find new meaning and reconnect with their own rich, multi-storied selves.