Persistent Links, in cooperation with our resident psychologist, are focussed to aid in the mental and physical development of children, youth, and adults while providing them support when they need it the most. 

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Group Therapy

Nutrition Counselling

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Melissa Gates

Current Address: 6918 77 Street NW Edmonton, AB t6e 6v2

Current Phone number: 780 244 3326

Do you need someone to talk to but feel too uncomfortable or afraid to talk to a stranger about your problems?

My name is Melissa Gates and I am a registered psychologist experienced at building strong therapeutic relationships built on empathy, respect, compassion and collaboration. I believe in building a strong relationship with a client, first and foremost, so that you will feel safe and comfortable sharing your most personal feelings with me. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment in which clients may openly explore their problems and struggles.

My approach to therapy is client-centered, meaning that the client drives the therapy and I am there to support this process. Some of the problems that I can help clients work through include: depression, stress and anxiety, anger management, health concerns and issues related to chronic pain, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, social anxiety, addictions, phobias, self-harming behaviours, life-coaching, and issues stemming from past or present trauma. I have a great deal of experience helping clients learn coping skills, helping clients identify and cope with difficult emotions, and helping them identify and change unhealthy behaviours.

In addition to client-centered (Humanistic) therapy, I also use techniques from various other therapies in order to tailor your therapy to you. Some of these therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive-Behaviour therapy (CBT), Behaviourism, Emotion-Focused therapy, Dialectical Behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness, Art therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Positive psychology, and psychodynamic therapy.

I pride myself on providing a judgement-free therapeutic environment in which clients can talk openly about any issues or problems they are having, and I work with adult and adolescent clients of all genders, orientations, and from all cultural and religious backgrounds.

Please feel free to call to book an appointment or for a free consultation.

Your insurance company will likely cover some of your sessions and I direct bill to some insurance companies. I accept debit, Mastercard, Visa, Cheque, and Cash.

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Rafika El-Afifi

Hello, my name is Rafika El-Afifi, and I am a registered Dietitian with over 25 years of experience internationally. I have worked, ran, and co-founded many nutrition services from Europe to the Middle East. Now, I am happy to be serving the communities of British Columbia and Alberta. I specialize in medically-focussed nutrition; I have worked with clients that suffer from various health states and illnesses, such as: Iron-deficiency, Diabetes, Cardiac issues, Hypertension, and Gastroenterology.

My approach to nutrition is very much a holistic one. Nutrition is not only a set of numbers, I believe that exercise and motivation perform an important role in the continuity of nutrition. My experience and personal interactions with my clients give me the tools to motivate them to stick to their diets and see real results in real time.

I decided to work with Persistent Links because I feel great compassion and empathy for their clientele. I love to help people in any way I can, and I feel that my partnership with Persistent Links will accomplish that.

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Persistent Links Inc. has operated in health care facilities for over 6 years. Healthcare facilities pose a number of unique security challenges and our exceptionally well-trained security guards are vital to securing healthcare operations. They are thoroughly trained to protect sensitive information, secure clinical facilities, protect and interact with staff, patients and visitors. Our guards understand that these environments are rapidly changing and require delicate attention. Specifically, we’ve been working with the Province of Alberta to provide emergency response services, specialized contract employee services, patient transportation services, 24-hour patient observation and support.

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Persistent Links Inc. has maintained a strict adherence to security standards certification and on-going development of highly-skilled professional staff. Notwithstanding, we’ve been able to remain flexible to cater to ever changing client needs. Whether in high risk conflict environments or day-to-day operations, Persistent Links security services are there to keep you and your staff safe.

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