Melissa Oleynik, M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist
At times, life’s changes and challenges can become stressful. My goal is to create a space where you can express yourself safely, and be heard with genuine empathy. I provide a relaxed, safe, non-judgmental place for children, youth and adults to share their thoughts and feelings while working towards their goals. Therapy can help you to explore many issues that are of concern to you in your life. I use an integrated approach to therapy, drawing from a number of different modalities and evidence-based practices (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). My role as a therapist is to work collaboratively with you to help you become aware of your inner strengths, to help you learn new skills for coping, and to achieve your goals.
Education & Experience
I moved to the Ottawa Valley 10 years ago and I have enjoyed learning what this beautiful area has to offer. Prior to moving to the Ottawa Valley, I completed my undergraduate degree at Brock University in Child and Youth Studies and then completed my Masters of Education in Counselling at the University of Ottawa. I am currently registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Throughout my education, I have worked with a variety of cliental including children, adults, and couples. Working with a variety of populations has helped to broaden my knowledge base in many wonderful ways.
I have worked for almost 10 years with The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families as a Family and Child Therapist. As a Phoenix Centre employee, I have worked in an interdisciplinary community mental health clinic environment as well as the school system. I have also worked with a community based EAP program with adults, couples, children and families using a variety of clinical modalities for an array of concerns including relationships, anxiety, depression, stress, parenting, and trauma. I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Len Gignac, C.Psych. and Alisha Henson to broaden my scope of practice to include psychoeducational assessment.