About Melissa Pyne
All parts of you are welcome
Hi, I'm Melissa!
The kind of spaces that I like the most are the ones you feel so comfortable in that you could kick off your shoes, pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for a great conversation. The spaces where you don’t have to “be on,” you can take a breath, and be fully yourself.
And maybe in order for you to feel that comfortable, you need to know a little more about me.
My whole life I’ve always been curious. I read a lot of books and I ask a lot of questions. I like to really get to know people, myself included. Sometimes this is done in a playful, lighthearted way, other times it's done with deep compassion knowing that I am seeing a side of folks that the world doesn’t always get to see.
I have my Masters in Social Work (MSW) and am a registered social worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As a lifelong learner, I have continued my education with certifications in evidence based modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family System (IFS) to better serve you. We are complex beings, after all, one size does not fit all.
I’ve also done, and continue to do, my own work. I know what it’s like to sit in the other chair and recognize the excitement, the hope and the fear of change. I feel honoured to get to do this work and am in constant awe of the courage and vulnerability people bring to our conversations.
Therapists are people too. Many of our strengths as helping professionals have developed as a result of our own wounds. And sometimes these get triggered in our work. While I don’t offer traditional supervision, I do coach professionals in various helping capacities to ensure they have long sustainable careers doing the work they love to do.
Outside of office hours, you can find me lost on a hiking trail with my dog. Nature is one of the most powerful ways for me to feel grounded and connected, but, my goodness I have a horrible sense of direction!