Melissa McWalter (BMus, UCT; MMus, UP) is a versatile, holistic and integrative therapist who draws from a unique variety of techniques and methods, such as music therapy, creative processing and yoga in order to promote health and help facilitate the discovery of meaning in life’s transitions.
Melissa offers creative arts therapy and process work as well as body-based yoga therapy for individuals with anxiety, depression, addiction and other mental health concerns. She also offers individual and group therapy for personal development and exploration of psychedelic experiences.
Melissa runs the only yoga therapy studio in Cape Town. Learn more by clicking here.
Melissa’s therapeutic style is clinically informed and flexible, drawing from what are often considered ‘alternative’ therapies, such as body-based therapeutic work, non-verbal approaches and arts therapy. These forms of therapy are now being recognised as essential for healing and are considered evidence-based. The videos below show Dr Bessel van der Kolk speaking about yoga for trauma and Dr Gabor Maté on the mind-body connection.
ARTS THERAPY – REGISTERED MUSIC THERAPIST: (Cape Town) – Adults, teens and children.
YOGA THERAPY: Body-based therapy for anxiety, depression, addiction and other health concerns.
WORKING WITH SYMBOLS: (Mandala analysis, Jungian informed, complements Dream Work and Guided Imagery, use of symbolism and personal mythology, archetypes.)
GUIDED IMAGERY, SOUND AND MUSIC: (currently in advanced training in the Bonny Method: click here for more information. Use of selected music programs and guidance for psychotherapeutic and transpersonal work.)
FINDING YOUR VOICE: (voice work, expression, building confidence, resonance)
CREATIVE RITUALS: to mark significant points in an individual’s life, a company’s life or a couple’s journey together.
VERBAL PROCESSING: Sessions with adults and teens usually include talking, verbal processing, counselling or coaching.
PSYCHEDELIC GUIDANCE : Ketamine Guidance (in hospital/doctor’s rooms). Other psychedelic integration guidance and therapy: please contact me to learn more.
Melissa completed a Bachelor of Music (University of Cape Town) followed by a Masters in Music Therapy (cum laude, University of Pretoria). She is a registered arts therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA reg no AT 0001350) as well as the South African Music Therapists’ Association (SAMTA) and the South African National Association for Arts Therapists (SANATA). Melissa is the chairperson of the South African Music Therapists’ Association, click here to visit the website.
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