What is Eco-Therapy?

Eco-Therapy is one of the clinical approaches used at Healing Spaces Therapy. It draws on nature’s ability to bring a sense of calmness and perspective into the therapeutic conversation. Whether inside the office, sitting outside on a bench, or strolling through the outdoors, we focus on the natural environment and how it brings insight to the challenges we face. Eco-Therapy extends our view of “self” and helps us fulfill our longing for a sense of connectedness. As we bridge our bond with nature, we often uncover our deep-felt responses to the current ecological crises. This tends to move us into envisioning a better world for ourselves and beyond.


Are services confidential?

All services are strictly confidential and uphold legal regulations as well as high standards of ethical conduct. Limits to confidentiality include risk of harm and child abuse.


Does psychotherapy work?

The most important factor in the success of therapy is you and the work that you do. The next most important piece is our relationship. When you feel you can trust me to talk about difficult things and you feel supported in this work, you are on your way to making life-changing shifts.


Am I ready for therapy?

Therapy is hard work, and it takes a commitment in terms of time, money, and effort. If you are not sure whether therapy is right for you or if I would be a good fit for you, please contact me for a free 15-minute consultation. I offer my gentle presence to help you where you are and can suggest some food-for-thought to help you decide if this is right for you.


Do you offer free consultations?

Yes, I offer a free 15-minute consultation. This is a chance to ask questions and to see if we are a good fit for each other. Consultations can be done in person or over the phone.


How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions is based on the unique needs and goals of each person, couple, or family. Generally, 1-10 sessions is a good start, while 10-20 sessions helps to build long-term changes. Some people return to therapy at later stages in life, when another challenge arises, to gain renewed support. Often growth is more like an expanding web than a linear progression.


How often and how long are the sessions?

Sessions are usually once per week or every other week. Sometimes we can space them out more, depending on your needs. Each session is one hour.


Do you offer online therapy?

No, at this time I do not offer internet or email therapy.


What are the fees?

Fees are set at a competitive rate based on the standards of the profession. OHIP does not cover the cost for therapy though some work-based Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) may do so. Please consult your benefits plan first to see how much coverage you are entitled to.


How do I get coverage through my EAP benefits?

Fees for therapy may be covered in part of fully, depending on your work coverage. In your health benefits package, check the mental health section for the maximum coverage allowable. If you are planning to do couple, parenting, or family therapy, also note whether other family members are covered and for how much. If you have a partner with coverage, review their benefit plan to see what they are entitled to and if it covers one or all family members. It is also important to figure out when the benefit year begins to ensure you do not exceed the annual maximum, or to start therapy at the end of the allowable year and to continue with the next year’s coverage amount.

Melissa Clews-Hunt is a Master’s level Registered Psychotherapist (001368).


Do you see people involved in custody mediation or court?



Do you see children one-on-one?

Children under the age of 12 are seen as part of Family Therapy with parent(s) involved. Youth ages 12-18 can meet me one-on-one, while parent(s) also commit to participate in some of the sessions.