Please note: For the care of our clients, all therapy sessions are now online exclusively held by video or phone.
Welcome to Mindful
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 give us the ability to move to the next step.
At Mindful Beginnings, we offer virtual Mindfulness Psychotherapy 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.
Founder, Clinical Director, Mindful Beginnings
Melanie is the owner of Mindful Beginnings, a corporate speaker and a virtual 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. Her areas of specialty includes:
• Difficulty managing emotions
• Relationship issues
• Communication issues
• Feeling overwhelmed and stuck
• Life changes
• Communication issues
• Sex Therapy
• Divorce and Separation
• Family Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
• Trust Issues
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 online individual therapy with adolescents and adults. Her areas of focus are:
Women’s reproductive mental health
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.
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
Anxiety, SAD & GAD
Grief and Loss
Trauma and PTSD
Confidence and Self Esteem
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.
I would value the opportunity to work with you, at your pace, to achieve your goals.