The counsellors at Peak Resilience work from a human-first approach to counselling. We believe in the power of being real humans who are authentic and vulnerable - just like you. This led to our blog post series called "Getting to Know Your Counsellor", where we'll feature our counsellors answering questions so you can:
1) get to know us better, and
2) hopefully feel even more safe/comfortable when you come in for counselling.
Alright, let’s get going with Melissa!
Q: What is your favourite thing about being a counsellor?
A: Selfishly, I LOVE connecting with other people. I also love witnessing people’s uniqueness - everyone is so cool! I do not take for granted that someone is willing to open up to me in each and every session. It’s a very brave thing to do and I am always in awe of this courage. I am equally inspired by people’s strengths and resilience, it’s contagious and inspires me to go out and be brave in my life. I love being a part of a process where people are connecting with their truth and rediscovering their voice.
I was recently reading a blog post by Brene Brown which stated, “everyone has a story or a struggle that will break your heart. And, if we’re really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring us to our knees”. Although this isn’t my “favourite thing” about being a counsellor, it is incredibly important to me that people do not have to carry their story alone.
That’s way more than one favourite thing. I could go on and on.
Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Peak Resilience?
A: My badass colleagues, the rad clients that come through, the interior decor, the values of the clinic, and the close proximity to Starbucks.
Q: When do you feel most alive?
A: Being in a room full of people or surrounded by people makes me feel most alive, like in a concert. I don’t need to be interacting with them but the energy I get from being around others gives me life.
On the other hand, being in a forest makes me feel equally alive.
Oh and eating delicious food, mmmmmm.
Q:What is your favourite colour?
Q: What’s a big goal for you right now?
A: I am practicing not living in scarcity mode. This mindset has ruled most of my life. There’s never enough - never enough money, not enough time in the day, I need more training so I can be a good enough therapist. I have been motivated by shame and fear for a long time so I am working on enough-ness (I don’t know if that’s a real word). I usually have something exciting in the works but this seems most relevant for me right now.
Q: What do you love about living in Vancouver?
A: I love the access to the mountains, forest, and ocean. However, you will only find me BESIDE the ocean, not actually IN it.
Q: What is the best advice someone has given you?
A: I look for any opportunity to talk about Lenny Kravitz, so here goes. In an interview he talked about “above all else, choose love”. Obviously this is not always easy but when I connect to this, I feel like I am at my best. I tattooed a heart on the inside of my arm to remind me to choose love. I realize he didn’t directly give me this advice, but a girl can dream.
Q: What is a myth about counselling?
A: Oh my gosh, so many but I am going to name 2:
1) That your counsellor knows more than you
2) That it is always serious.
Interested in knowing more about Melissa? You can check out her profile, watch her intro video, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re still not sure who might be a good fit for you, you can also fill out our Get Matched Form - we'll match you with the best counsellor for you within 24 hours.