About Melanie Crudgington, MSW, RSW

I believe that counselling is a calling. My dedication to counselling others is a culmination of rich personal and professional life experiences.

I received my Master of Social Work from The University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Social Work. I have pursued advanced clinical training and supervision in trauma work with completion of a counselling internship program. I am a Registered Social Worker (Registration #11466) with the BC College of Social Workers, bound by the College Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. I am also a member of the BC Association of Social Workers. I engage in ongoing professional development opportunities and formal consultation to maintain the highest standards of ethical practice.

My scope of work includes clinical and consultative social work services in acute healthcare settings. This entails providing comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments, therapeutic clinical counselling, direct services to patients as well as their family members on community resources, and leadership to the interdisciplinary health team in the planning process for a patient's transition back to community. Prior to my graduate studies, I worked as an advisor for several years in the field of international education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and UBC. As a result of these experiences in a wide range of environments, I have had the opportunity to work extensively with vulnerable populations including families, immigrants, refugees, international students, youth, young adults, aging adults, the homeless, and women.

I bring a multicultural background to my profession, and have lived and/or been immersed in several regions of the world for extended periods of time: Kuwait, India, Mexico and Costa Rica. Vancouver has been home for the past 25 years. I have a passion for exploration and connecting with various cultures. I carry this respect for diversity in my work with clients who come from all types of backgrounds with their own unique life experiences.

Counselling is an act of honouring. I am constantly humbled by my clients' motivations and strength when working on their areas of challenge. It is a deep privilege to remain actively present alongside each individual on a healing journey.

I look forward to our work together.