Melanie Gemeinhardt, MEd, RCC


What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have been involved in the helping professions for over 15 years. I hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
My work as a therapist has included both individual and group counselling in a variety of therapeutic, clinical, and community settings. These include: New Westminster Counselling Center, Delta Hospital, Planned Parenthood Association, Delta Mental Health and Addiction Services, AIDS Vancouver Island, Vancouver Incest and Sexual Abuse Centre, SAFER Counselling Service (a suicide intervention, prevention, and bereavement counselling service) and Community Mental Health in Vancouver. As well, I have worked as a counsellor in private practice since 2006 with offices in both Vancouver and Richmond.
I am a registered member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I am dedicated to ongoing professional development and I regularly attend workshops and conferences to enhance my knowledge and skills. In addition, I am committed to receiving regular supervision from an experienced clinical supervisor. I am also involved in a peer consultation group.
As part of my professional development I have completed advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (the Changeways Model), an effective treatment for depression and anxiety; Solution Focused Therapy, a useful approach for those seeking brief, solution oriented therapy; and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a widely used treatment for trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I have a special interest in working with survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect, and therefore much of my additional learning is in this area. In 2010 I completed three years of advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a gentle and holistic body-centered talk therapy that combines the principals of mindfulness practice and mind/body/spirit holism with current scientific understanding about the neurophysiological impact of traumatic stress and attachment disruptions. This approach utilizes both verbal techniques and body-centred interventions to integrate physiological (body) processing with emotional (feeling) and cognitive (thought) processing in the treatment of unresolved trauma, attachment, and developmental issues. (Please note: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy does not require physical contact or touch).


What you want to be eventually,

you must be everyday.

With practice,

the quality of your deeds gets down to your soul.

Frank Crane