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Please note: For the care of our clients, all therapy sessions are now exclusively held by video or phone.

Welcome to Mindful

Beginnings

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Simply put, mindfulness is to be aware. It's the reminder we need to come back into this present moment.

Naturally, our mind wanders to either a moment that has already passed or, we focus on something that hasn't happened yet, in the future. Mindfulness and relationships go hand in hand. Developing the awareness of where our relationships are, and where we would like them to be gives us the ability to move to the next step.  

At Mindful Beginnings, we offer Mindfulness Psychotherapy virtually to individuals and couples looking for a safe, and    non-judgmental space to help them navigate through their overwhelming feelings and challenges. Our specialty is giving individuals tools to help move through anxiety, depression and relationship issues. We use Mindfulness as well as many other therapeutic modalities to help individuals cope with life’s constant changes.

Our minds easily wander to the past- thinking of situations that have already happened that we wish we could change, or to the future, which brings feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Our approach of using Mindfulness, focuses on the present moment and provides clients with the necessary tools to handle everyday stresses, overwhelming emotions and triggers.

We are committed to your best interest and will stick by you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you navigate your way and grow through your struggles, heal from your pain and help you move forward to where you want to be.

 

Check out our online scheduler below!

About
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Our Team

OUR TEAM

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Founder, Clinical Director, Mindful Beginnings 
Registered Psychotherapist

Melanie is the owner of Mindful Beginnings, a corporate speaker and an Individual and Couples Therapist. She helps individuals and couples looking for a safe and non-judgmental space by giving them tools to help guide them through their overwhelming feelings and challenges. She helps her clients navigate through anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life transitions. 

Her approach of using mindfulness, focusing on the present, provides clients with the necessary tools to handle everyday stresses, overwhelming emotions and triggers, ultimately allowing them to feel lighter and more in control of their everyday life. 

Melanie approaches everything through the lens of a relationship. Everything in our life is a relationship. The most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. She focuses on all relationships we have such as the one we have with our partner, a family member, the relationship we have with food etc.

Have any questions about working with Melanie? 

email the clinic at: info@mindfulbeginnings.ca

 

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Laura Polisuk

Office Manager and Social Media Manager

Laura Polisuk, BSW RSW, is a Social Work graduate from Ryerson University and a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service workers; she is also a masters of social work student. Laura has substantial experience working with children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. She is passionate about helping others by supporting individuals and families needs using an anti-oppressive approach. Laura is committed to helping clients by creating a safe and healthy environment for everyone to reach their true potential and love themselves.

Yasmin Goldie

Registered Psychotherapist & Registered Nurse

Yasmin is committed to a non-judgmental, client-centered approach to support individuals and couples. She looks forward to listening to your unique story and working collaboratively with you to find your inner strength, confidence, and resilience.
Yasmin’s experience as a Mental Health Nurse with hospitalized individuals has allowed her to work with many people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, substance use, and situational crisis.
For individuals, Yasmin uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to empower clients and reframe their thinking. For couples, Yasmin uses a blend of the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) so couples can learn to communicate more effectively and understand each other more meaningfully.
Yasmin’s areas of expertise include:

  • Individuals and Couples

  • Relationship distress & conflict

  • Infidelity

  • Anxiety, SAD & GAD

  • Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • Substance use

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Stress management

  • Confidence and Self Esteem

  • Emotional Processing

  • Self-harm

Yasmin holds a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychotherapy from Yorkville University and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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I would value the opportunity to work with you, at your pace, to achieve your goals.

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Nicole Waldston

​Registered Social Worker

Nicole’s approach to therapy is simple – support you, the client, in achieving your goals. Whether you are looking to work towards achieving big life milestones and goals, or simply overcoming the day-to-day stressors, Nicole’s client-centered approach will meet you where you are at and figure out a way to get you there; a way that truly resonates with you.

Nicole has been working with clients for 10 years around crisis & trauma management, supporting individuals experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as those looking to strictly address boundaries and general self-care.

 

Nicole is also skilled in and passionate about infertility, pregnancy/postpartum support along with management of life transitions and work stressors. She works to explore and discover your authentic self and targets the barriers, lived experience, trauma, anxieties, stressors etc. that may be preventing you from embracing and accepting all parts of who you are.

Her work with clients uses a variety of therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotional Focus Therapy and Trauma Informed Approaches.

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Lia Reed

Registered Psychotherapist 

Lia is an LGTBQ+ friendly psychotherapist who primarily works with adults looking for help with anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, and social anxiety. While Lia has experience in a number of evidence-based treatments, her primary approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and solution-focused therapy (SFT).

 

Lia is an eclectic practitioner who believes that every client is different and should not be limited to any one therapeutic approach. As such, Lia often uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to ensure that her clients’ unique needs are met.

Lia is a firm believer in authenticity in the therapeutic relationship. Lia understands that seeking therapy can be an overwhelming experience and wants to emphasize that at its core, therapy is a conversation. When meeting with Lia, clients will find that sessions will simply be a friendly and relaxed discussion during which they can feel safe to explore whatever concerns are on their mind. 

Delaney Campbell

Registered Social Worker

Delaney (she/her) works collaboratively with clients to establish a safe therapeutic space for growing and healing. She employs a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach in her work with all individuals and groups. Delaney completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Toronto in 2018 and has since worked in remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Her extensive experience in the context of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking has provided the opportunity to develop skills in the following domains:

  • Trauma (development, intergenerational, and acute)

  •  PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Low Mood/Depression

  • Boundary Setting

  • Self Compassion

  • Relaxation Techniques/Self-Soothing

  • Trauma-Focused CBT (Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy)

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Seeking Safety

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Delaney has a strong respect for the autonomy of her clients, especially in deciding their collaborative approach to therapy. She is a diplomate member of the Academy of Cognitive therapy and skilled in other modalities, including:

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Novlette Alexander

Registered Social Worker

Novlette understands that the decision to seek help can be a difficult one. She provides a warm and gentle approach to help you feel safe and secure during the therapeutic process. She believes that there is strength in knowing when to reach out for support.
Novlette Alexander is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Novlette has worked in Social Services for over 25 years and has extensive experience in child welfare, families, adolescents, mental health, crisis intervention, domestic violence, poverty and oppression. Novlette has an anti-oppressive approach and is culturally sensitive.

Novlette practices individual therapy with adolescents and adults. Her areas of focus are:

  •  Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-Esteem

  • Coping Skills

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Life Transitions

  • Peer Relationships

  • Stress

  • Public Adoption

  • Women’s reproductive mental health

  • Cultural issues

  • Racial identity

Novlette is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She takes an eclectic approach in order to meet the unique need of each client. She takes a client centered and systemic approach. She is trauma informed, strength based and utilizes aspects of narrative therapy and mindfulness practices.

Eunice MB

Registered Psychotherapist

Eunice is a Registered Psychotherapist with many years of experience helping clients deal with trauma, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, maladaptive ways of coping, attachment injuries, existential crises and various other challenges one might face. Eunice has a way of making sense of and helping a client process their difficulties and challenges by inviting in compassion and curiosity. Eunice believes that by deepening internal awareness through mindfulness, one can start to become more aligned with their true nature. In this way, Eunice guides clients to cultivate their own innate abilities to call on their wise selves and heal using their own inner resource.

Eunice is a highly attuned and intuitive therapist whose strengths include genuine caring, compassion and unconditional positive regard to her clients which translates into an authentic, safe and healing therapeutic relationship.

Eunice sees couples, families, youth (ages 14-18) and adults.

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Services
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Paula Scarangella

​Registered Social Worker

  • Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Life Coaching

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Illness

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Domestic Violence

  • Trauma & PTSD 

  • Individual & Couples

  • Divorce & family transitions

  • Relationship issues – Marital, Pre-marital & Peer

  • Family Conflict

  • Infidelity

  • Codependency

  • Parenting

  • Self-esteem

Paula strives to create a compassionate environment for individuals and couples to reach their full potential and live out a meaningful life. Her comforting and empathetic personality provides a safe space for clients to explore their inner emotions, thoughts and discover the roots behind behaviors. Paula is passionate about guiding individuals and couples to a place of self-awareness, self-worth, empathy, and healing. Her areas of specialty include: 

She uses the guidance of the following modalities to assist in this process: cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and emotionally focused couple therapy. She has an extensive history working with children, adolescents, adults and couples in a holistic, client-centered manner.

SERVICES

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INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

Individual counselling specializing in:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression

  • Relationship with self and others

  • Intimacy and sex therapy

       

   * LGBTQ+ friendly

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COUPLES

PSYCHOTHERAPY

 Couples counselling specializing in:​

  • Communication

  • Intimacy and sex

  • Infidelity

  • Separation and Divorce

   *LGBTQ+ friendly

Q&A Seminar

Every day in many workplaces, time, money and productivity are wasted due to overworked, unmotivated and tired teams.

We focus on: 

  • Coping strategies for work related stress. 

  • Mindfulness & techniques to de-stress 

  • Boosting company morale

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