Insight Psychological Therapists - Melanie Bradley

Melanie Bradley, Practicum Intern Therapist, (She/Her)

Everyone’s journey is unique, and we all get lost sometimes.  I would be honored to be a part of the solution, helping you find the strength I know you have within to find your way back to the path you are meant to be on.

Seeing people be able to thrive after dealing with their trauma’s, anxieties, and losses is what makes the therapeutic relationship such a rewarding experience.  This connection allows for both the client and the therapist to access their own resiliencies more easily by learning how to be compassionate to oneself, which allows healing to take place and growth to begin.

More About Melanie Bradley

I believe in a client-centered, compassionate approach, believing my clients are the experts in their own lives and that I am only there to help guide them in the solutions that best fit their lives and families; helping them gain the insights that are hiding just below the surface.

Depending on what my clients’ needs are, I incorporate techniques from various therapeutic approaches such as: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused and Structural Therapy.  My passion lies in working with children, individuals, families, and couples who are dealing with Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, relationship problems, family discord, ADHD, and other behavioral issues.

My experience is very diverse, like my therapy approach.  I have worked with children in various capacities (including raising my own) such as in day homes, day care facilities, volunteer organizations, and within the school system.  Working with children who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other behavioral issues.   I have worked in the Correctional Services System as a living unit officer, where I was able to work on de-escalation and safety skills, while helping residents process their stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.  I currently work with SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) clients, which is a very rewarding experience.  Helping clients to gain the status that enables them to help their own families through kinship or in helping children through fostering.  More recently I have begun volunteering with the Chrysalis Network, working as a counselor on their national human trafficking hotline.  We provide support, safety planning, and trauma counseling to individuals who are currently working in the sex industry.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

Melanie, what quick advice do you have for people who are really struggling?

When your feeling stuck take a deep breathe, reach out, and talk to someone you trust. Humans crave connection, connection breeds satisfaction, satisfaction leads to happiness.

What are you most passionate about?

The uniqueness of each individual is inspiring to me and having a profession where I can help people hone their own abilities and strengths is something that I am very passionate about.

Qualifications

Master’s degree in Psychology (in progress) [City University]

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology [MacEwan University]

Correctional Services Diploma [MacEwan University]

Affiliations

Canadian Psychological Association

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologist Association of Alberta

Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association

Certifications

Psychological First Aid

Grounding Trauma, Kristen Neff

Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Supervisor & Assessor

Child Development Assistant

Native Spirituality and Culture Program

De-Mystifying Mindfulness

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1

Kinsey Institute – Beyond Binaries

Kinsey Institute – Complexities in Sexual Communication & Refusal Communication

Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [currently in progress]

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

I have experience in:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Becoming a Parent or the Addition of Children
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Death or Loss of a Pet
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Impulsivity
  • Infidelity
  • Insomnia
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • Life Transitions
  • Losing Someone to Suicide
  • Loss of Employment
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma

My treatment approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy

Assessment services:

  • SAFE Assessment