Melinda has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 18 years. Through her caring and empathetic approach, clients benefit from her ability to assist them when they are dealing with complications arising from traumatic and life changing events. Melinda is a member with the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her practice she sees both individual clients, families as well as couples who are struggling in their relationship. She received extensive training in working with couples as well as bereavement skills training from Dr. Alan Wolfelt of the Center for Loss and Life Transition.
Melinda also has worked extensiviely with individuals who have gone through the painful process of separation and divorce. She has provided her professional services to lead support groups and provides individual counselling to those who find themselves in crisis after a marital separation. Clients benefit from her keen understanding and approach when they are feeling overwhelmed and often traumatized by this life changing event.
With Melinda's background and training in both couple and bereavement counselling she offers an area of expertise in working with couples or individuals who have lost a child, had a miscarriage, had medical complications during pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or stillbirths. She has supported many couples or individuals in her 18 years of practice who feel completely paralyzed when a death of this magnitude occurs.
A testimonial from one of the couples that came to see Melinda:
"As a couple, we were at a stand still when it came to our ability to communicate effectively. We sought out Melinda's expertise for a solution, and couldn't have been happier with how she helped enable us to create solutions that work best for our relationship. By helping us understand our specific relationship cycles we were provided with an entirely new set of tools so that we could slow down how we communicate in order to hear each other with clarity.
We always looked forward to going to see Melinda as she created a safe environment to talk, no matter the subject. She is very effective in helping to guide the mood and tone of the conversation in a positive direction. This encouragement helped us to put our differences in an open space where we had the ability to both support and discuss our individual perspectives. This aided us immensely in developing a language that works best for our parntership.
Regardless of the state of your relationship, learning how to interact with and respond to your partner in new ways is a truly enriching experience. We are very grateful to Melinda for her support and for making the journey so enjoyable."
For confidentiality names of couple have not been used.
Melinda Van Halteren ReachesNewmarket ONAurora ON