Meet Our Psychotherapists & Counsellors

Serving Barrie & Area 'In-Person' & 'Virtually'

Sandy Joy

Registered Psychotherapist

B.A., (Psych), M.A.C.P., RP., RPC., MPCC-S

As a Registered Psychotherapist and Betrayal Trauma Specialist, my passion is to assist you in healing from current issues and past wounds. My role is to help you develop effective coping strategies, gain awareness of self and grow your self-worth while fostering self-love in order to have healthier relationships.

Betrayal Trauma Therapy Specialist

I specialize in trauma, including PTSD, sexual assault, rape, infidelity, domestic violence, and childhood sexual abuse. Most on this list are components of betrayal trauma.

I am an integrative therapist who uses a variety of modalities in which to support your healing journey. I practice from a person-centered perspective, which means that you are in control. I am your guide or GPS. You are the driver who steers and can accelerate or brake as you need.

My Credentials

With over 20 years in the psychotherapy field, a Master's in Counselling Psychology, and three certifications in trauma therapy, I provide a safe, confidential space for individuals, couples and families to nurture positive communication and personal growth.

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Registered Psychotherapist – #002903

Certified Clinical Traumatologist

Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling – Supervisor – #3601 

Qualified Clinical Counselling Supervision

Farhana Adatia

Registered Psychotherapist

BAS, MACP

If you feel stuck, hurt, betrayed, or confused and are ready for change,

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Whether you have experienced trauma or are experiencing symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression, or relational difficulties, I can offer empathetic and compassionate support paired with extensive education, training, and supervision to help you reach your goals. Assisting those from a variety of cultures is my passion, including those who are immigrants or refugees. I am also passionate about supporting other therapists in their own healing journey. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy.

It takes courage to work through your challenges and seek support, and it is through that courage, growth and resilience are fostered. If you are ready to take that first step, I warmly invite you to reach out and book your free consultation.

My Credentials

With an Honours Bachelor degree in Neuroscience and Psychology, a Master of Counselling Psychology and as a Registered Psychotherapist, I strive to create an environment of safety, calm, and acceptance so you can develop skills and a sense of resilience.

Registered Psychotherapist

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist

EMDR Clinician

Claudia Sarra

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) – BSW, MACP

When you choose to seek guidance, it is a sign that you have the courage and strength to acknowledge when support is needed. My goal is to work alongside you and create a compassionate, warm environment, to work through life’s challenges.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings, including wellness and support services, group and individual counselling. My educational background includes an Honours Bachelor degree in Social Work and I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Degree from Yorkville University. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

I focus on the therapeutic alliance as an important role in healing and work to support individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and life transitions. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that each individual should have a safe, non-judgmental space to express their thoughts and feelings openly.

Together we can build on your strengths and tailor treatment to your individual needs. I look forward to working alongside you through your healing journey

Angel Joy

Therapy Dog

Angel is a trained therapy dog who is non-shedding and hypo-allergenic Havanese. She is our official office greeter and anxiety reducer. Angel loves people and snuggles. She will welcome you with open paws!

Meet our Clinical Counselling Interns

Mariah Peardon

BSc (Psych & Medical Science), MACP (Candidate), Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist

It takes courage to take the first steps towards healing when you are struggling with overwhelming emotion and uncertainty. With a warm, supportive, and non-judgemental approach, I hope to provide you with a safe space to explore and unravel your experiences so that you are able to move forward in your life with an increased sense of control and a restored sense of inner wellbeing. I adopt a strength-based and client-centered approach and focus on helping you enhance your resiliency through the development of your coping strategy toolbox.

No matter where you are in your journey, I will meet you where you are with encouragement and kindness. Life is a journey with many different paths, and I strive to empower you to choose the path that feels right to you and to live your journey with self-compassion.

My Credentials

My educational path includes a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario and I am currently completing my Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I am a Registered Psychotherapist qualifying and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, and I would be honoured to work alongside you through your healing journey.

Patti LaRose

BA, BEd, MACP Candidate, CCTS-I, Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying),

It has been said that “we don’t see things as they are, but we see things as we are”. It takes courage for the first steps towards this self-awareness and my heart is to join you on that journey. Through a client-centered approach we can walk together towards healing and resilience whether that is from symptoms of stress, relationship struggles or trauma I would be honored to help support you as you navigate life’s challenges.

I have had 20 years of experience as a frontline social service provider with individuals (youth and adults) experiencing life crises and struggles across a wide variety of demographic and cultural backgrounds. My heart is to help those in need to not just survive but to live abundant and healthy lives.

My Credentials

I have a BA from Brock University and a BEd from the University of Western Ontario and am in the final stages of my Masters of Counselling Psychology. Additionally, I am a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying), I am trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and in Bridges out of Poverty, as well as being a student member of the CCPA.

Amelia Quantrill 

BA, MACP (Candidate), Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying), Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual.

Counselling can provide a time and place to explore any current struggles or challenges you may be experiencing in life. Together, we can create a safe space to support you in facilitating change, helping you do more than just survive, but ultimately thrive.

With a background in social service work, I have worked with a diverse array of individuals from all different walks of life. Currently, I am completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. My approach is holistic, trauma-informed, and client-centred, supporting you in realizing your goals and discovering a deeper sense of well-being. Focusing on meeting clients where they are at, I hold the belief the therapeutic alliance, founded on empathy and non-judgement, can guide the healing journey safely and collaboratively. I look forward to walking alongside you on your journey to healing.

My Credentials

I have an undergraduate degree from York University. I am currently completing the last component (clinical component) of my Master of Arts Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. I am a Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and a member in good standing with the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP).

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You are an Empowered Butterfly

From darkness, a cocoon opens, and the butterfly emerges into the daylight. The butterfly represents your transformation when you overcome life's challenges.

Metamorphosis occurs during a time of isolation and darkness. Although it appears that there is no change on the outside of the cocoon, the caterpillar within uses this time to gather energy and transform.

Like the cocoon phase, this is a constructive and vital stage that builds your strength, self-confidence and resilience. You break free from emotional, mental and physical pain, and emerge from the darkness transformed and empowered.

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You have a gift within you:

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