Hi! My name is Mel.

I was born in London, England, to a Greek-Venezuelan mother and and Irish-English father. I grew up with a yogic spiritual practice, and spent my formative years living in the Middle East, in Kuwait. Since 2004, British Columbia, Canada, has been my home.

I’ve had first hand experience of a wide spectrum of relationships.

Formerly monogamous, I came to explore non-monogamy as I sought out a more authentic way of living; I was tired of living by a default set of expectations for how my life was expected to unfold.

After a miscarriage in 2009 and struggling with depression, I began diving into the question of what I really needed, wanted, and desired in my life. I knew I wanted to have more than one partner, and I knew I didn’t want to have any dishonesty in my relationships. In 2012 I began writing my blog, Polysingleish; it was a way to explore and process the unconventional approach to polyamory I was finding myself drawn to.

I realised I enjoyed diving into the inner workings of relationships of all styles, and I chose to pursue my certification in Counselling for Intimacy in Relationships from the Vancouver College of Counselor Training.

I bring diversity to my practice.

With backgrounds in tantric philosophy, yogic spirituality, performing arts, cross-cultural awareness, and extensive experience as a professional bodyworker and healer, I can meet my client wherever they are at, whatever their own background, without judgement.

I’m queer, and identify as a polyamorous relationship anarchist. I’m also an advocate for Consent Culture, and an event producer.

I’ve had the honor to work alongside relationship coach and sex educator, Marcia Baczynski, and I have presented talks and workshops on the subject of relationships at Vancouver Island University, Bass Coast Festival BC, Vancouver Poly 101, Nanaimo Poly 101, the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society, Love Sex Intelligence Culture Labs, Modern Sex Talks and more.

I live in East Vancouver, BC, Canada with my best friend, and enjoy nurturing joyful, fulfilling relationships within my local community and family.

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Melina is a wellspring of relationship wisdom. She’s as practical as she is inspirational. She’s helped me to navigate the occasionally difficult waters of polyamory with her insights and experience. I’d heartily recommend her to anyone looking for a relationship coach. Ben F
Alberta, Canada
I went as one person and came home feeling like a different person completely. My emotions are running so incredibly high and this is just the beginning.
Catherin H
BC, Canada
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for your coaching yesterday. It really helped me to focus in on what mattered and what I want and to know where I stand in my relationship and with these shiny new polyboots!
The conversation with my partner went amazingly well. Like really really well. We found much common ground and even discovered our common kinks. I am feeling so loved and supported and ready for this next adventure. Thank you for being a part of that!
Anon
Vancouver, Canada
Mel's skill and comfort with questioning and reformulating beliefs regarding relationships is contagious. If you want to open up to new possibilities, she can be a resource for you.
Nick
BC, Canada
"I don't even know if I have enough words in my vernacular to express the feelings, thoughts, vibrations after this weekend. I can't thank you enough for this... I will be processing for some time. A shift has happened!" Lisa F BC, Canada
Mel has been a tremendous source of inspiration for my relationships and my community at large. She presents with a combination of professionalism, knowledge and open-minded curiosity that makes her safe and approachable. My profound journey through love and relationships has definitely been helped through the time I have spent with Mel. Erin BC, Canada
Mel has been an incredibly valuable asset to me in helping to evolve my relationship skills and helping me to empathize with my partners. Her workshops and her coaching have drastically improved the communication level and quality of my relationships.
Gabriel
BC, Canada
Mel maintains a calm demeanor with low pressure conversation. She's approachable and accessible. She cares. It shows. Her passion for intimacy and relationship actualization shines through. Sex positive, poly aware, and kink aware, Mel is a very versatile specialist and adviser - the perfect counselling choice no matter how simple or complicated your concern or situation is.
Victor
BC, Canada
Mel is an exceptional communicator and listener. Having known her personally and attended several of her workshops I can attest that she has the rare combination of perspective and presentation that many more experienced facilitators lack. I highly recommend her offerings.
Jaia Kydd
BC, Canada
Mel has some seriously great communications skills and methodologies. I've seen a lot of facilitators in my time and she ranks up here with the best. I won't hesitate to take another of her workshops.
Marissa
BC, Canada
Mel is an incredible listener and her attention to detail was crucial. I walked away with much more than I had anticipated: I came away with a lot of tools to work with, and also a comfortable understanding of who I am and how I present myself to others. Mel is nothing short of awesome at what she does, and I will continue to use her as a resource and recommend her.
Thank you so much Mel, you rock!!!
Anon
Colorado, USA
There were so many insightful components... the biggest takeaway was reinforcing my wants in a relationship.
Mel you have such a beautiful heart centred way of delivering this workshop and I'm convinced that many people can benefit from the tools, resources and lessons you offer.
David
Vancouver, BC

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