About Melinda Davies-Musselwhite
I am a registered Social Worker with a masters degree in Clinical Social Work. In my studies I placed an emphasis on learning about the impacts of trauma on individuals and families, the role of the therapeutic relationships in recovery, diversity and inclusion, and anti-oppressive practice.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
My professional experience has been diverse. I have worked in the not-for-profit sector supporting young parents through group facilitation, delivering education programming, and providing counselling to students in a charter school. I have provided advocacy and systems navigation to individuals interacting with the criminal and family justice system, as well as newcomers to Canada. I have provided Social Work services in a rehabilitation hospital setting for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. I have provided individual trauma therapy to children in a school setting. I have done research coordination with a focus on mental health, access to public services, and meeting the needs of high-risk youth. For the last 7 years I have worked in public health as a Social Worker providing individual therapy, group therapy, and advocacy for individuals with addictions, attachment disruptions, trauma, sexual exploitation and abuse, and mental health symptoms. I also provide training to other professionals on trauma informed care and working with women who use substances. In addition, I have a part-time private practice at Roots on Whyte where I provide therapy to individuals.
I have a certification in Somatic Experiencing (SE), a body based trauma processing modality, and have a keen interesting the way our physiology interacts with our experience of ourselves and the world. I have completed my training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma recovery modality, and am currently working towards my certification by engaging in case consultations and supervision. In addition, I am a provisional candidate for the Clinical Social Work Registry and am obtaining supervision to receive this designation. My ethical practice is based on continued learning, self-reflection, and ongoing self-care.
My approach is grounded in my belief that relationships and social engagement are integral to our experience of ourselves and the world; that cultivating curiosity and awareness is essential in change; that our bodies are wise, are programmed for healing, and need to be acknowledged and included in order to process our experiences; that we all have a longing for meaning and purpose; and that pain is a part of the human experience but suffering does not have to be. It is my view that therapy is an exploration of difficulties and suffering, a celebration of coherence and success, an opportunity to enhance personal awareness, to integrate new understanding, and is a joyful process.
- Victims of Sexual Abuse
- Victims of Domestic Violence
- Criminal Justice System
- Native populations
- Grief and Loss
- Adults abused as children
- Complex PTSD
- Dissociative Disorders
Social Worker, B.Ed, MSW, RSW
B.Ed, MSW, RSW, SEP, EMDR basic training