Melanie Matthews is a registered social worker with BSW and MSW degrees.
She takes a collaborative approach to therapy and uses a person-centered approach while maintaining empathy and a non-judgemental stance.
Melanie has worked in social services and mental health for nearly 10 years in several different areas of practice including residential treatment programs, educational settings, and not-for-profit organizations.
She uses primarily Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) in her work. She often works with youth and adult clients experiencing a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.
Melanie co-authored a paper titled “A Review of Mental Health Services Offered by Canada’s English Language Universities“, which investigated the availability of mental health services offered to postsecondary students on campus compared to known prevalence rates of mental health issues.
She has also written a number of reports regarding best practices for youth serving programming offered by not-for-profit organizations across Ontario.
She continues to engage in research and knowledge dissemination as a vehicle for advocacy and social justice.