The In-House Therapy program offers clinical therapy sessions to children and families who receive services from Southeast Child & Family Services. Therapy services are provided to children and youth ages 4-17, as well as young adults ages 18-20. Sessions may also include parents or caregivers to support family reunification or family preservation.

Therapy services are attachment-based and trauma-informed, and often include the use of a variety of creative and play-based interventions. Common issues often addressed within therapy include struggles related to separation from family, histories of past trauma or abuse, family conflict, grief, or unhealthy coping patterns. Within the safety of a therapeutic relationship, these issues are further explored and the child is supported to identify and freely express their feelings and begin to practice healthy coping and self-regulation skills. Further goals often also involve developing identity, building confidence and increasing self-esteem.

Melissa Lela


  • In-House Therapist - Melissa Lela
    • Melissa is a Registered Social Worker with a clinical Master of Social Work degree, with training in the areas of attachment and trauma.
  • Receptionist/Administrative Assistant - Reanne Hamilton

How to access these services

The In-House Therapy program is operated at the Southeast Child & Family Services offices on the 2nd floor of our 470 Notre Dame Ave office. Referrals to the program are made by the child or family's assigned worker.

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