Brain Injury, Stroke & Concussion Recovery

Specialist in CHRONIC PAIN


Brain injury changes life in so many ways.

Many living with brain injury report feeling worthless, misunderstood, lonely, and frustrated after their injury. Anxiety, depression, difficulty controlling your emotions, changes in relationships with family and friends, financial strain, and difficulty adjusting to changes in work, school, or home life. These “invisible” challenges and changes are common, real, and can be eased. Life after a brain injury can be overwhelming for the survivor. More often than not, it is also those closest who endure alongside.

Post-Trauma Counselling. With over twenty years of clinical, research and counselling experience, Melissa Cutler is one of Canada's preeminent therapists providing treatment uniquely tailored for clients and their loved ones through the uncertainty and adjustment following brain injury, stroke and concussion.

Therapy Services

Therapy is a collaborative relationship and starts with understanding you and your concerns. Grounded in dialogue and implemented in a safe, supportive setting, therapy offers you the opportunity to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.

Together, we will work to identify and change the mental, emotional, and/or behavioral patterns that are preventing you from feeling your best

While specializing in brain injury, stroke and post-concussion, Melissa also provides a broad range of individual, couples, and family counselling services.

Melissa’s areas of specialty include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Brain injury, stroke, and concussion recovery
  • Grief, Loss, and trauma
  • Caregiver stress and burnout
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and stress management
  • Relationship difficulties and communication challenges
  • Self-image, body image and self esteem
  • Chronic pain management

Sessions & Fees

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What to Expect

In the first few sessions, I will take you through a comprehensive assessment and then we will set goals together for your treatment.  Subsequent sessions will be used to work towards achieving your goals.

Single Session Consultation

Single session consultation allows you to be seen sooner as there is generally no wait-list for this service. This service can help you bridge the gap between waiting for services and finding answers to some of your more immediate concerns. Single session consultation takes 1.5hrs in total.

This consultation is aimed at helping you clarify your situation, learn more about resources available to you and gain strategies necessary to address your concerns.

A fee of $175.00 is required.


Cash, cheques (made payable to ‘Melissa Cutler’) and Interac e-transfer payments are due at the end of each session.

Receipt & Statements

An email or paper receipt can be provided for all payments upon request, the category of “psychotherapy” or “counselling” will be applied to your sessions on the receipt.


Each session is approximately 50 minutes in length. The remaining 10 minutes is for report writing and other administrative costs involved in your treatment, billing, letters and documentation. Session summary notes are documented and are legally required to be kept by the office as part of your health care record.

On occasion you may want to meet for a longer session (i.e., 75 mins), I will do my best to accommodate this (and adjust the fee accordingly).


  • $130.00 per 50-minute session for individual therapy
  • $180.00 per 50-minute session for couple therapy
  • $175.00 per 50-minute single session consultation

Please contact our office directly for group therapy rates.

Professional fees are set in accordance with the recommended fee range for social works in private practice established by the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Services are HST exempt under Revenue Canada legislation.

Appointments & Cancellation

All cancellations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the full session.  As well, if you arrive late to your session, we will still need to end at the allotted time due to room restrictions and you will be charged for the full session.

Insurance Benefits

Many private insurance companies cover the cost of services with social workers so please check with your individual provider.

Social work receipts can now be claimed under medical expenses for tax purposes.

Additional insurance coverage for Social Work, therapy and counselling services, if you have sustained injuries from:

  • a motor vehicle accident (Automobile Insurance Policy)
  • a victim of a crime (Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund)
  • a workplace incident (WSIB Work Place Safety and Insurance Board)

Emergency Situations

If you are in a crisis or experience an emergency situation and require immediate help, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Reduced Fee

We accept two reduced fee client spots annually. Both spots are currently filled; however please inquire about future availability to be put on the wait list.

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Consulting & Training

Having worked with many organizations specializing in brain injury, stroke and concussion, Melissa Cutler provides a wide range of consultation, training, clinical supervision and group facilitation on a number of topics related to mental health and professional practice.

Topics include the following and custom designed workshops are offered:

  • Coping with difficult emotions following brain injury
  • Post stroke depression and the emotional journey following stroke
  • Caregiver stress management and avoiding burnout
  • Activity planning and productivity following brain injury
  • Stress management skills building
  • Self-management and wellness
  • CBT basics for depression and anxiety
  • Chronic pain management

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Consultation and Training Fees

Fee scale varies depending on agency needs, travel costs, number of training days requested, and resources required.

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Melissa Cutler is one of Canada's preeminent therapists providing treatment uniquely tailored for clients and their loved ones, through the uncertainty and adjustment following brain injury, stroke and concussion.

Trained and licensed as a clinical social worker, Melissa’s career spans 20 years of combined clinical and research experience across hospital, community, and public sector settings. In addition to a primary clinical practice, Melissa is a group facilitator, educator, and field instructor. She is also actively involved in research and educational initiatives examining the life adjustment for young adult survivors of concussion and brain injury.

Melissa holds Masters Degrees in both Psychology and Social Work from the University of Toronto, of which she was a recipient of an Excellence in Field Education Award by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She holds advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma counselling, and chronic pain management.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Melissa approaches her clients’ issues with compassion, clarity, and empowers them with current knowledge and evidence based treatment options. Melissa’s mission is to help her clients build resilience, grounding, and insight to cope with unexpected life changes and day to day challenges.

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3080 Yonge Street, Suite 5016
Toronto, ON, CANADA
M4N 3N1

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(647) 933-5506