About Melanie

Melanie

I completed a Masters of Fine Arts and a Masters in Social Work at the University of Victoria. Currently, I work as a mental health clinician for Child and Youth Mental Health and also have my own private practice.

The things that keep me healthy and grounded are my loved ones, my community of artists and writers, meditation, reading and writing, and time in the trees or on the water. My life has brought me experience in the areas of emergency medical services, wilderness guiding, creative writing, suicide intervention and mental health work. I love my work as a counsellor and consider it a deep honour to walk alongside people who are finding their way. As I have had my own struggles in life, this quote from Pema Chödrön really resonates with me:

 


“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.”

― Pema Chödrön


 

Raised as a white, third-generation settler of European/Mennonite heritage, I originally grew up in Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan. I have worked and studied, for about 15 years now, while living on the traditional lands of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw, Coast Salish and Straits Salish peoples, on the beautiful island now known as Vancouver Island. I offer my respect for the living histories, traditions, and sovereignty of these nations.

 

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