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Melissa Gray, M.Sc.
Melissa takes a holistic approach to career counselling, supporting her clients to weave in life context considerations at all phases of the change process. She loves to collaborate with clients on aligning career decisions with their best hopes such as work/life balance, family integration, meaning and purpose, and personal wellness.
Melissa is an experienced psychologist, having supported clients launching, exiting, changing, and re-entering their careers, along with coping with the unexpected twists and turns along the way. She has been described as a warm, affirming, highly empathetic, and possessing a keen ability to draw out the strengths of others. Melissa respects her client’s lived experience and views their knowledge and wisdom as vital to the counselling process. She believes each client has a unique set of strengths and internal resources that can be discovered and applied to overcome obstacles and create more fulfilling career pathways.
Melissa is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (2014) and is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. Melissa holds a Master of Science Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. Her Master’s research investigated a career development tool aimed at providing employed adults a platform to speak up about their career aspirations and identify what helped them with workplace change. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Melissa is also trained to provide EMDR, an effective method to support moving away from disturbing thoughts and memories.
Melissa also offers personal counselling through our Synthesis Psychology practice (visit). Her area of specialty include recovery from traumatic experiences, restoring dignity, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and relationship and personal transitions.