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Catherine Mellinger

Artist, Expressive Arts Therapist, Arts Educator/Facilitator Catherine Mellinger Collage
Home 44 Gaukel St. Unit 235 Kitchener Kitchener Ontario Canada Website: Catherine Mellinger – website Website: TOGETHER: For Perinatal Mental Health


Catherine is a CREATE graduate from 2010, currently living and seeing clients in private practice in Waterloo Region – both in person and virtually. Catherine is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist and currently completing her certification as a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist through Postpartum Support International. She has additional training in Perinatal Mental Health from Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings and is co-founder of TOGETHER: For Perinatal Mental Health in Waterloo Region, a grassroots organization that increases mental health supports in Waterloo Region and leads funded (free to clients) virtual Expressive Arts Therapy Groups for parents struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Catherine has worked with clients ranging in from latency age (7-14 years old) to seniors within long term care. She incorporates Interpersonal Family Systems, Intersectionality, Narrative Therapy concepts, and Feminist Therapy principles into her Expressive Arts Therapy practice and practices through a trauma-informed, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and anti-ableist lens. Her private practice is located in downtown Kitchener.

She has guest lectured at the Conrad Grebel Univesity College (University of Waterloo) in the Peace and Conflicts Studies program, at Wilfrid Laurier’s Lutheran Seminary in the MSW program, as well as the BSW program in Brantford. She is a contracted Expressive Arts Therapist and Arts Facilitator at In Her Shoes (YW), the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener) and Button Factory Arts (Waterloo).


  • English
  • French

Areas of Practice

  • 2SLGBTQPIA+ Positivity
  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Autistic Minds
  • Burnout
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Creativity Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dysregulation
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief
  • Identity-Gender
  • Identity-Sexual
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Neurodiversity
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy-Prenatal-Perinatal
  • Relational Health
  • Relational Injury
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Stress
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Trauma-PTSD
  • Women’s Issues

OEATA respects and honours the work of our:

  • Expressive Arts Practitioners (EAP)
  • Expressive Arts Therapists (ExAT)
  • Peer Movement Specialists (ExA or ExAT and /or RP)
  • Registered Psychotherapist, ExAT’s (RP, ExA or ExAT)
  • Affiliates (Training institutes, Supportive Businesses)

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