Don't waste your pain.

Pain leads to transformation.

The butterfly doesn't emerge from the chrysalis without a struggle. 

Meet Dr. Melissa Baartman Mork

Melissa has experienced significant loss in her life: her parents died when she was in college, she lost beloved friends to suicide, brain aneurysm, heart attack, and she has suffered a series of devastating reproductive losses. Then Melissa's husband died of an aggressive cancer, and she was left to parent their two children alone. 

Through these hard experiences, Melissa used psychological theory (and a questionable sense of humor) to build her resilience. But there was something else she needed to do; she needed a purpose for her pain. All of these losses could not be in vain - she needed to help others rebound from their own losses. 


Now it's your turn. Melissa will provide the tools you need to redefine your personal losses with meaning and intention, laughter and levity.

Humor for Stress Mgmt Forensic Mental He

Keynote Speaking

Large Group Presentations

Dr. Melissa Mork will help you deliver great content that will have attendees ready to take action. Her topics are personally and professionally relevant, profound yet light, deep and inspirational. From stages in Los Angeles to Oxford, Capetown to Minneapolis, her goal is to encourage, inform, and inspire. 

Executive Coaching

One on One Coaching

Dr. Melissa Mork is a professor of clinical psychology and former psychotherapist. As an executive coach, she facilitates change with a focus on facing tough challenges straight on. She supports, exhorts, and walks alongside the client to identify workable solutions toward change and transformation.

Experts share how to heal past hurt: (pdf of link)

Audience Testimonials

What Are People Saying?

Dr. Melissa Baartman Mork is the Master Grief Counselor!
I’ll be using much of what she taught for our suicide prevention programs.

Debra Norwood
Laughter Lawyer, USA

[Melissa] gave the most inspiring and knowledgeable presentation on the "Mourning After". One of my favorite AATH presentations of all time. Just so inspiring. Thank  you so much, Melissa, for  your courage in sharing your story and journey.

Mary Kay Morrison,

Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH)

Breathtaking and life-changing session; so many life lessons to use! 

Deborah Price,

Virginia Cancer Specialists


I was honoured to be in the audience for what was an amazing, honest, and informative presentation.

Bron Roberts, 

Chief Happiness Officer

Let's Laugh, Melbourne, Australia

On a personal note, Melissa has been so super welcoming to me and is a fantastic example of transforming grief into kindness.

Colleen Wilson,

Social Worker, Doctoral Student


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