Melissa Shadforth

FOUNDER and director

Melissa is deeply fascinated by human behaviour and understanding how we can individually adapt and adjust our way of being through lived experience, psychotherapy, and giving or receiving mentorship to find unity in the diversity of the collective.

Melissa is the Founder and Director of The Collective Journey, creating trauma-informed nurturing mentorship and adventure therapy experiences for children, adolescents, and their families through connection and with compassion, collectively. This body of work is centred in the science of outdoor adventure therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and most importantly, inspired by her three children and the village collective who mentors them.

At IMI, as an Integral Health Advisor, Melissa also supports clients to navigate the various modalities in natural and functional medicine offered at this integrated medical clinic and connect their needs with the appropriate practitioners in line with IMI's Heal. Balance. Evolve. philosophy.

As a Certified Integral Yoga Teacher RYT300, Melissa teaches children and adolescents in nature, schools, community organisations, and through individual or group therapy. Melissa also shares the teachings with adults in classes with foreign domestic workers, female prisoners, and through the counselling process. Melissa continues her studies in accessible Integral Yoga, mental health, and mindfulness, based on the theory and practice of integrative psychotherapy.

Melissa sits on boards in Hong Kong and the United States and has over 20 years of experience in professional and financial services as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, the United States, and Hong Kong. Melissa is a member of The Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong.

Melissa is First Aid, CPR, AED, and water safety rescue certified.

Images on this website, unless otherwise stated, have been captured with Melissa's uber sophisticated photographic equipment: the iPhone.