Meet Dr. Melisa! 

 Hello! I’m Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director

 I’m Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela, Psy.D. / Ph.D., C. Psych., PMH-C, and I am a clinical psychologist licensed in Ontario. I am also a certified perinatal mental health clinician with Postpartum Support International (PMH-C) and a Qualified Instructor in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT-QI). I am the founder and clinical director of Uprise Psychology & Wellness. I work primarily with adults as well as teens and their families struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns, as well as adults struggling with perinatal mental health. I also provide clinical supervision services to team members at Uprise Psychology & Wellness, clinical consultation to professionals outside of the practice and I co-lead several wellness and therapeutic skills groups.


My Approach & Values

My therapeutic approach is collaborative, compassionate, trauma and social justice informed, as well as evidence-based. Working with my clients, I use psychological interventions backed by scientific data to help people make meaningful changes to their lives, ease their suffering, and enhance their well-being.

My licenses: CPO # 6862
My languages: English, French and Spanish
My availability: I provide in-person and virtual services. 

My Training

  • Throughout my doctoral studies, I trained in various clinical settings including a university clinic, a mental-health hospital and private community clinics.
  • I completed my predoctoral internship at the McGill University Health Center’s Cognitive Behavioural Therapy center.
  • Since then, I have received additional training at the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, Contextual Psychology Institute, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassionate Mind Foundation, Mindful Eating Training Institute
    Radically Open LTD, Postpartum Support International.


My Relevant Life Experiences

  • I’m a Latinx, second generation immigrant.
  • I have a background in vocal music performance.
  • I am a mother.




My Areas of Expertise:

  • Eating disorders and body image concerns
  • Perinatal mental health difficulties
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Stress management and burnout
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-criticism and perfectionism
  • Academic and relationship Issues

My Education

  • Baccalauréat spécialisé approfondi en Psychologie (B.A.) from the University of Ottawa (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Doctorat en Psychologie (Psy.D./Ph.D.) from the Université du Québec à Montréal
  • My doctoral thesis focused on understanding how multicultural people identify with their cultural groups and negotiate their cultural differences as well as the repercussions of these processes on their psychological well-being.
  • My thesis received a doctoral fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

    Our Services

    Assessments & Therapy

    Supervision & Consultation


    We’d love to hear from you

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    (613) 695-7133

    (613) 912-2200

    130 Albert street, suite 1204, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4, Canada