Meet Melissa

Melissa Tar ~ Founder

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Melissa Tar is the “proof in the process” of how recovery from trauma is achievable.  She took her own traumatic experiences of childhood physical, emotional and sexual abuse and created a unique company that offers diverse customized programs using multiple modalities.  Personal experiences enable her to guide her clients through their recovery as a mentor with empathy, education and integrity to create safe and effective programs.   


Using techniques in Therapeutic Recreation, Traumatic Incident Reduction, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Addiction Recovery & Harm Reduction processes, we will work together towards healing, restoring your confidence, increasing your self esteem and improving your overall health & happiness.  


Her background in social work, therapeutic recreation, drama, addiction, recovery and trauma breakthrough as well as evidence based services position her as a unique leader who is ready to help you heal.  Melissa is also a proud member of the LGBTQ community and prides herself on her ability to create a safe space for growth and healing for this marginalized community. 

Our Approach

We believe that each person’s unique experiences have a voice, and it’s our goal to help that voice be heard.

We excel at creating customized programs for all ages where therapy and purposeful activities come together for recovery.

What Makes Us Unique

Variety & Flexibility

Embrace Rec is a client centred service that allows us to custom tailor programs using multiple modalities that will best serve your needs.  The inclusion of Recreation Therapy mixed with other therapies like TIR and CBT for example allows us to switch courses based on your responses.  Our clients find that being able to talk through difficult topics while having fun doing activities that you’ve identified interest you, allows you to progress faster and more effectively than simply talking with someone week after week. 

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Your On Call Service

We recognize that there are times when you are in a crisis and want to be able to connect with someone you already know and trust.  When you work with Melissa you gain access to her 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. 

Melissa has designed a texting system using lighting codes (Red/Yellow/Green) that will identify with her if you need immediate help and need to be contacted. 

Our clients love the accessibility and comfort of knowing a friendly ear is standing by to help them if needed.