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Melissa Fellin

Owner of Psychotherapy Practice

BLOOM: CHILD & FAMILY THERAPY  

 




Age: 42 

Country: Canada 

Years in business: 4 

  

Website address  

 

Business email  


Social media links 

Facebook: @bloomkwtherapy

 


What is your business about?  

 

Bloom: Child & Family Therapy is an ultra creative child, adolescent and family psychotherapy practice. We have a team of social workers and psychotherapists who provide play, music and art therapy as well as other evidence based therapy approaches. Bloom specializes in working with neurodiverse children, youth and families.  

 

Please describe your life before starting  

 

Similar to others with ADHD, I have a non-linear path. I first got my PhD in Anthropology and Migration and Ethnic Relations. This was focused on Somali youth’s experiences in North America looking at systemic racism in schools, trauma and protective factors in Somali communities. I also did work with Somali families raising a child with autism. I did post-doctoral work at Bloorview Research Institute and Western University. During this time and throughout my academic work I worked with refugee centres, homework programs and community counselling agencies. I then decided to do my MSW and worked with community agencies providing counselling in areas of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, then to a adult mental health and addictions agency in rural Ontario where I was the clinical manager. From here I joined Bliss Counselling and Psychotherapy providing therapy individual, relationship and sex therapy. I was trained in relationship therapy, sex therapy and also play and expressive arts therapies. I started Bloom at first providing play therapy to children in my home based practice then in 2020 I started to bring in clinical associates and Bloom has grown from there. 


What made you decide to take the leap and start your own business?  

 

The reason was my dad died in 2020 and I realized that I needed to do it and not be in fear of failing anymore. 


How would you describe your life now, as a solopreneur?  

 

It’s dynamic, there is so much to do all of the time. It’s both rewarding, and exhausting. I am the clinical director/owner and do the clinical directing, also marketing, finance and the hiring and human resource management. I still do clinical work, providing therapy to children. I also have three children with ADHD and two of them also have dyslexia.,  


How has your ADHD played a positive role in your business life?  

 

It helped me to be creative, think outside the box, hire people who are also neurodiverse and work with children and families who are neurodiverse. I am flexible, able to move from one thing to another and always good in a crisis! 

 

What's your top tip for other ADHD women aspiring to be solopreneurs? 

 

I would say know what your strengths are and focus on that and get people to help you that can help with your weaknesses. I would say make a schedule that works for you and create good boundaries.  




 

 

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