Specialist in Chronic Pain Management

Many who experience a medically-related event, traumatic injury, or illness report feeling frustrated, misunderstood, and alone. Anxiety, depression, a lack of purpose and sense of self can arise. Professional support to help process and cope with these feelings, can relieve the social isolation, increased stress, and worrisome transitions back to work, school, and/or home life.

These “invisible” challenges and changes are common, real, and can be eased.

Therapy.   With over 20 years of clinical and research experience, Melissa Cutler provides superior specialized counselling services in Toronto uniquely tailored to optimize personal growth and health for those struggling to cope with the complex psychological impact of acute or chronic health conditions..

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 behavioural patterns that are preventing you from feeling your best

Melissa provides a broad range of counselling services for adults including:

  • • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • • Brain injury, Stroke, and Concussion recovery
  • • Chronic pain management
  • • 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

Sessions & Fees

What to Expect

In the first few sessions, I will gather relevant background information 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.

Length of Sessions

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).

Appointments & Cancellation

To quickly book an appointment (initial phonecalls / individual sessions) click here for our Online Booking System.  Alternatively, you may reach out us via email  We usually respond within 24-48 hours.

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 over 15 minutes late without notification, then the session will be cancelled and you will be charged for the full session.

  • • Fees are $140.00 per 50-minute session for individual therapy.
  • • Your initial assessment session is $160.00 and will be approximately 75-minutes


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


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

Receipt & Statements

An email or paper receipt will be provided for all payments upon request, the category of “psychotherapy” or “counselling” will be applied to your sessions on the receipt.  Requests for additional copies may incur administrative charges.

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)
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.

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.

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

Consultation and Training Fees

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

About Melissa

Melissa Cutler is one of Canada's preeminent therapists providing specialized counselling to help bridge the psychological, emotional, behavioural and social aspects of medically related traumatic events, injury, and illness alongside medical and physical care. She helps people adjust and align their thoughts and emotions with their presenting challenges as they adjust to new realities.

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 focused counselling, and chronic pain management.




Yonge & Lawrence


Midtown Office

3080 Yonge Street
Suite # 5035
Toronto, ON M4N 3N1

(North West corner of the intersection)
Subway Access - Lawrence Station