Melissa Ko

Intern Counsellor

About Melissa

I am a warm, empathic, and curious individual who is passionate about helping people in their self-discovery. I aspire to compassionately accompany people in their healing and growth. Many of us may feel trapped under the overwhelming burdens of our past and future or stuck within our seemingly endless responsibilities and expectations. I wholeheartedly intend to hold a nonjudgmental, neurodivergent-affirming, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive space to fully listen to your story and help you navigate these challenges as you find a sense of clarity, balance, and wholeness in your life. My goal is to help you embrace your authentic self though gaining a deeper self-understanding.

I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship built on safety and trust is fundamental for healing and learning healthy boundaries. My approach to counselling is creative, warm, holistic, and explorative. I primarily work from a Jungian psychodynamic and Gestalt humanistic perspective. Depending on your needs, sessions could include exploring imagination, art, play, metaphors, and dreams in session. I also integrate evidence-based approaches into my practice. I consider it an absolute honour to witness your journey.

I am a cis-female second-generation settler with roots in Hong Kong. I fully embrace my identity as an ADHDer, diagnosed in my early 20s. I’m passionate about destigmatizing, normalizing, and celebrating neurodiversity as well as helping people heal from their childhood wounds. I aim to hold space for all human experiences as I believe every perspective holds some wisdom.

Currently, I am completing my Master of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in hopes to become a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the CCPA as well as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BCACC. I also aim to be registered with the First Nations Health Authority. Previously, I completed my Bachelor of Kinesiology with the University of British Columbia.

Since my teenage years, I have consistently supported children, youth, and families with various identities across different helping capacities, including social services, education, recreation, and healthcare. Many of my current and former clients in the past five years have lived experiences with trauma and other mental health challenges or identify as ADHD or autistic. I am an ally with the Indigenous community, having the immense privilege of working closely with Indigenous school staff to pioneer an Indigenous-focused mentoring program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and surrounding area. I am committed to reconciliation through counselling to heal the intergenerational wounds imposed by colonization.

My areas of specialization include:⦁ ADHD
⦁ Anxiety
⦁ Depression
⦁ Trauma (Complex, Developmental, Intergenerational, Cultural)
⦁ Neurodivergent care
⦁ Imagination & Creativity
⦁ Art exploration
⦁ Dreamwork
⦁ Play & Sandtray Modalities
⦁ Social Justice & Advocacy
⦁ EMDR (in training)
⦁ Autism
⦁ Stress
⦁ Identity formation
⦁ Relationship Issues
⦁ Life Transitions
⦁ Self-exploration
⦁ Boundary setting
⦁ Young Adults
⦁ Youth, Teens, Children

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