Catherine Mellinger EXAT & CC-PMH

Contact Information
44 Gaukel Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4P3
Detailed Information

I am a certified Expressive Arts Therapist and Perinatal Mental Health Therapist. I have worked with both individuals in private sessions and facilitate therapy groups both through my clinic and within community organizations. I have worked to support people in processing trauma, new diagnosis, folx struggling with anxiety, depression, neurodivergence, autism spectrum disorder, and concurrent conditions. My practice is based in a framework that is trauma-informed, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and anti-ableist. It is also based in feminist principles that include resource building and supporting/advocating for clients in community when needed. Though Expressive Arts Therapy is my central method of practice, I also have additional training and interest in Relational Cultural Theory, Narrative Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I work with adults, as well as youth and children in partnership with parents.

Since 2019 I have specialized in working with folx who are struggling in their Perinatal Mental Health journeys, supporting all birthing and non-birthing parents/caregivers. This includes supporting folx undergoing fertility treatments, abortion, pregnancy loss, reproductive trauma, birth trauma, past sexual trauma, pregnancy, systemic discrimination, obstetric violence and all stages of the postpartum period. This can include supporting clients through surrogacy, adoption and fostering, as well as parents who are caring for children with disability or who live with disability themselves. I can work with gender queer, non-binary, trans, and inter-sex parents. I continue to engage in learning centred in anti-black racism and cultural humility in order to support black, indigenous clients and clients of the global majority. I have experience in working with clients who have Family and Children Services involvement. I can offer services in english and french, and can work with language interpreters when needed. I also offer referrals to clients who want to work with someone who shares their lived experience specifically.

My training includes certification through the CREATE Institute (Toronto), Postpartum Support International, Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings and continued Professional Development including Indigenous Perinatal Care and Trans fertility and birthing.

Accessibilty Information For Location

My office is located at 44 Gaukel St. in Kitchener. The building has a ramp to the main entrance as well as an elevator in the main lobby. Hallways are wide enough for mobility devices. I also see clients virtually whenever needed.