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Melissa Miles


Just like the people I work with, I have a unique set of experiences that make up who I am. Below you can find an outline of my areas of study, and who has helped me develop into the clinician I am today. What you will not find below - and perhaps one of my greatest areas of strength - is my personal journey through therapy. I spent years doing the hard inner work that good therapy requires so I know how challenging and rewarding this work can be. I also understand how disappointing it is when therapy doesn't work as I had tried several and had read many self-help books before I found what worked for me. It takes a lot of courage to continue reaching out for help!  

If you're interested in learning more about me, please reach out!

Advanced Training and Supervision


Training &


Continual Supervision with Advanced Practitioners

  • Dr. Allan Abbass

  • Dr. Joel Town

  • Johannes Keiding, LSW

  • Dr. Ange Cooper


School of International Training


University of Guelph

Master of Arts - Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Sept 21, 2022     ISTDP and Personality Disorders with Dr. Allan Abbass and Dr. Joel Town
June 1, 2022      Bringing Structural Change in the Fragile Patient with Dr. Allan Abbass

May 21, 2022     Emotional Neglect & Pathological Mourning with Dr. Javier Malda Castillo

May 13, 2022     Defiance in the Difference Systems of Resistance with Johannes Kieding, LMFT

April 30, 2022    ISTDP-Informed Couples Therapy with Tami Chelew, LMFT

Feb 28, 2022     Tackling Trauma with Dr. Allan Abbass

Feb 4, 2022       Recognizing and Resolving Sexual Conflicts in ISTDP with Dr. Patricia Coughlin

Sept 26, 2021    Functional Somatic Disorders with Dr. Allan Abbass and Dr. Joel Town

May 1, 2021       ISTDP Immersion on Severe Fragility with Dr. Allan Abbass

April 7, 2021      Repression: When Anger Goes Inward with Jon Frederickson

Feb 26, 2021     Mastering the Art of the Trial Therapy with Dr. Patricia Coughlin

Jan 20, 2021      Working with Adolescents and Youth using ISTDP with Dr. Allan Abbass

Dec 2, 2020       Reaching Through Resistance with ISTDP with Dr. Allan Abbass




Kids Help Phone

Crisis Counselor

Five Star Relationships

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

2019 - 2020

2020 - Current

Active Insight Counseling

Clinic Director & Registered Psychotherapist

Sep 2020 - Apr 2021

Maple Leaf Foods

Learning and Development Manager

2013 - 2019

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

Program Coordinator and Trainer

2010 - 2013

Odyssey Health Services

Registered Psychotherapist

Apr 2021 - Nov 2021


Dynamic Health Psychological Services

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Core Training

This advanced training program is jointly run by Dr. Allan Abbass and Dr Joel Town and consist of didactic teaching and supervision over the course of three years.


Yorkville University

Master of Arts - Counselling Psychology



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