Melissa Di Fonzo, MSW RSW

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Melissa Di Fonzo, MSW RSW

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Anxiety, stress, self-esteem, perfectionism, and mindful eating

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Meet Melissa

Melissa has a passion for helping people achieve true and lasting changes in their lives and considers it a privilege when her clients allow her to walk alongside them on their personal journey towards health and happiness.  She has helped many individuals struggling with a variety of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, trauma, grief/loss, addictions, self-esteem. She also specializes in, and has written about eating disorders, and body image issues.

Melissa brings her compassionate, collaborative, and non-judgmental approach into her work to help her clients empower themselves to take action.  Her rich personal journey has included highs and lows of life and believes this adds to her ability to understand and help others, and she has written articles on taming our inner critic.

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, mindfulness, 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.

Check out Melissa's ongoing group workshop, Body Bold!

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

Certifications

  • 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

Specialties

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Addictions
  • Self-Esteem & Body Image
  • Eating Disorders

Professional Memberships

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