Melanie Gemeinhardt, MEd, RCC

In the depths of winter

I finally discovered that what lay within me

was an invincible summer.

Albert Camus


It is my opinion that each one of us can benefit from the support of a professional counsellor or psychotherapist at some point in our lives. We all struggle from time to time with the trials and tribulations that life presents us with. Counselling can be helpful in addressing a broad range of these personal challenges and difficulties, particularly when we are feeling overwhelmed, stuck, confused, helpless, or hopeless. Depending on the nature of the issues being addressed, counselling can help us to find satisfying solutions to life’s problems and challenges, can help us to connect with and develop our own inner resources and personal skills so that we can manage present and future difficulties, or can help us to cope with, accept, and find peace with circumstances that we cannot change.


The concerns and aspirations that people bring to counselling are varied and unique to each individual, their life circumstances, and their way of being in the world. Many people want to understand and overcome distressing, destructive, or ineffectual patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving. Others want to cope with, learn from, and grow through difficult transitions, losses, or impasses. Many seek to resolve ongoing interpersonal conflicts, to learn healthier ways of being in relationships, or to connect more deeply with significant others. Still others hope to heal from painful, wounding, or traumatic experiences, to clarify decisions and goals, or to find greater meaning and purpose in life.


Counselling can help people to:

  • Manage acute or chronic stress
  • Recover from Depression
  • Resolve interpersonal conflicts
  • Improve communication skills
  • Heal traumatic and/or developmental wounds
  • Address family of origin dynamics and issues
  • Navigate major life transitions
  • Deal with burnout
  • Process grief and loss
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Foster connection between mind, body, and soul
  • Reduce anxiety and restore calm
  • Change negative or destructive thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and patterns
  • Make decisions that are right for them
  • Find solutions to difficult problems
  • Build healthy relationships
  • Increase self-confidence and energy
  • Address school, work, or career concerns
  • Facilitate self-awareness and personal growth
  • Manage and reduce the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Find greater meaning and fulfillment in life
  • Resist substance abuse
  • Manage anger effectively
  • Move past a traumatic incident
  • Clarify and pursue goals much more!


Wheresoever you go,

go with all your heart.