Melissa Di Fonzo, MSW RSW

SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLING WITH EATING DISORDERS, FOOD/WEIGHT PREOCCUPATION, AND BODY IMAGE ISSUES.

 
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MELISSA DI FONZO, MSW RSW

I specialize in:

Eating disorders

Emotional distress

Body image/self-esteem issues

Melissa's Approach

 

Melissa Di Fonzo is a clinical social worker, specializing in eating disorders, body image issues, food/weight preoccupation, and concurrent mental health issues that often occur alongside the eating disorder, including mood and anxiety disorders. She is co-author of the book, Eating Disorders, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments.

Melissa believes full recovery is possible and has supported many individuals in their journey to recovery, serving clients from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in the Eating Disorder and Addictions Unit, Danielle’s Place Eating Disorder and Resource Centre, and BodyBrave. Melissa recognizes the importance of not just addressing the eating disorder symptoms and behaviours, but also looking at the root causes of the eating disorder, in order to help people live healthy and fulfilling lives. She also believes that the key to achieving true and lasting change comes from exploring and understanding one’s connection to their inner self and the role the eating disorder plays in this process.

Melissa’s holistic approach to practice draws on her training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy to help individuals gain awareness of the connections between their mind, body, and spirit, so they can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and work towards greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-acceptance.

 
 

Qualifications

Education:

Master of Social Work (MSW) 

Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario

Honours Bachelor of Social Work (HBSW) 

Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario Honours

 

Bachelor of Science (HBSc.)

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Professional Certificates:

Brief & Narrative Therapy, Windz Institute

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Beyond the Basics , OISE UofT  

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Foundations, OISE UofT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Fundamentals Program, OISE UofT 

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Free Your Emotions

Reiki Practitioner Level 1 & 2

Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor

Specialities:

  • Eating disorders
  • Food/weight preoccupation
  • Body image/self-esteem
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress

Professional Memberships:

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers, Ontario Association of Social Work, Registered Social Worker (RSW)