Melanie Perron Counselling

Approaches to Therapy

“I believe we are all unique and have different life experiences. These experiences bring us to therapy and that is why I don’t adhere to a one-size-fits-all approach.”
– Melanie Perron

Individual Counselling

Individual counselling takes courage because you’re sharing your personal thoughts, emotions, and life experiences. However, doing so gives you an opportunity to set aside time to focus on your emotional and mental well-being, which too often are on the back-burner of an endless list of priorities. It also provides you with a safe place to reflect, process, and develop a greater understanding of yourself and others. As your therapist, I will draw upon your human, resilient nature to overcome adversity so you can grow and thrive in our complex world. On a practical level, we will build your “coping toolbox” so you can be more in control of your emotions and thoughts while intentionally living a fuller life.

My approaches to therapy are
based on the following modalities:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan for people experiencing suicidal ideation and intense emotions. The goal is to help you build a life you feel is worth living. The model incorporates learning skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. 

I am affiliated with DBT Winnipeg which provides comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Their comprehensive DBT treatment program consists of 24 weeks DBT Skills Classes, individual therapy and 24/7 skills coaching. To maintain adherence to the DBT model, I meet weekly with the DBT Winnipeg consultation team.

For pricing and information on DBT Comprehensive Treatment please contact me. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches you how to tolerate and develop acceptance of these thoughts and feelings. Acceptance, mindfulness, values, and behavioural change are key components of ACT and foster what is called “psychological flexibility.” Psychological flexibility is the ability to live in the present moment and adapt to changes and difficult life events. ACT is empirically based and has been shown to be effective with several clinical conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most researched therapy models and has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety, anger, depression, perinatal and post-partum depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and other mental health challenges. Truly, I am of the opinion CBT can help anyone. 

CBT looks at how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all interconnected and influence one another. You are encouraged to “be in the driver’s seat” by learning skills to manage your life in a healthier, more adaptive way that improves your overall wellness.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) explores emotions and how they are experienced from a functional aspect. It delves into how emotions influence your thoughts, behaviours, and relational style, meaning, how secure (or insecure) you feel in your relationships. In our time together, I will take a non-judgmental and compassionate approach with the goal of supporting you in developing a richer understanding of your emotions. Together, we will reshape how you interact with others so you feel safer, more secure, and happier.

Virtual appointments are available upon request.