Melissa Lafreniere MA, RP, RHN, is a registered psychotherapist, collaborative divorce professional and family mediator-arbitrator.
In addition to being on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Practice of Ottawa, she is also a practicing member of the panel in the capacity of a Relationship Professional and Child Specialist. Melissa specializes in the development of child-focused parenting plans for separating couples.
She is also available to complete Voice of the Child (VOC) and Views and Preferences Reports for parents and the courts.
In addition to her family conflict/dispute resolution services, Melissa also offers psychotherapy and clinical support to children, youth and their families who are experiencing challenges such as anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and attention-related behaviour issues.
Using collaborative therapies and attachment-based frameworks to build upon parenting skills and to foster connection between individuals, Melissa is also available to support children and their parents as they address emotional concerns related to pre- and post-separation experiences.
Melissa has been supporting youth and families since 1999. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including crisis intervention services and community-based counselling programs across Canada and the United States.