Counselling Services

Change your life. Reach your dreams.

Life can be very challenging and we all can use a hand to help lift us to the place we desire to be. You have the strength and ability to change your life and reach your dreams. We’re here to help you walk that journey.

Individual Counselling

Couples Counselling

Family Counselling

Betrayal Trauma Psychotherapy

Serving Barrie & Area

‘In-Person’ & ‘Virtually’

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Qualified Clinical Counselling Supervision

Individual Counselling

for Children, Adolescents, Teenagers, & Adults

Committing to Change to Reach your Goals

As your psychotherapist, we are a guide that helps move you towards your personal growth and goals – helping you reach your true potential.

Whether you’re struggling with low self-esteem, guilt, anger or depression, I will help you understand your past and present, and learn effective coping skills to live a more authentic and joyful life.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Betrayal Trauma, including Institutional Betrayal Trauma and Betrayal Trauma Blindness
  • Emotional, Verbal, Sexual, Physical and Psychological Abuse
  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Rape
  • Abandonment, Loss and Grief
  • Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Guilt, Anger, Rage and Fear
  • Worrying, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Perfectionism
  • Low Self-worth
  • Illness and Chronic PainStress
  • Life and Work Transitions

Couples Counselling

Navigating through intimacy dynamics and communication challenges.

You both have the right to be heard. Each partner’s unique perception of past and present issues is addressed in a safe and respectful manner. Working through trust, intimacy and communication issues, we assist you to heal and rebuild your relationship.

We offer couples counselling for:

  • Premarital Counselling
  • Other Relationship Issues
  • Separation and Divorce

Family Counselling

Assisting you through complex relationships and conflict resolution.

You feel hopeless when your family is struggling with emotional, behavioural or communication challenges. Each person’s unique perception of past and present issues is addressed in a safe and respectful manner.

We assist you and your family in learning effective strategies for helpful communication to resolve conflicts and build reconnection.

We offer family counselling for:

  • Blended Family Dynamics
  • Addictions – Impact on the Family
  • Court Ordered Family Therapy
  • Parenting Support
  • Family Coach within Collaborative Team Practice

Betrayal Trauma Psychotherapy

Walking with you on your healing journey.

Betrayal trauma occurs when the people or institutions on which a person depends for survival significantly violate that person’s trust or well-being.

Childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse perpetrated by a caregiver are examples of betrayal trauma.

Betrayal trauma also exists for adults who have experienced betrayal in the form of infidelity, especially when a partner has porn and/or sex addiction.

Similarities exist between betrayal trauma and fear-based trauma with the physiological (body) responses.

There are two main differences in betrayal trauma.

In betrayal trauma, the very person one would go to for protection, safety, and love is the perpetrator of the trauma. Secondly, recidivism or repetition is very high in that the betrayal can repeatedly occur from the same perpetrator and other people within the survivor’s circle

Qualified Clinical Counselling Supervision

Supervising Master’s degree candidates, Registered Psychotherapists and qualifying Registered Psychotherapists.

As a Qualified Clinical Counselling Supervisor, I will challenge you, respect you, and guide you.

A mentor is someone who is more experienced, has a positive mindset, is available, provides constructive feedback, cheers for your success and is supportive. I must govern by the ethical requirements of my college and professional associations, as I am a gatekeeper of the profession of psychotherapy.

Mentorship is one that is similar to the alliance that we have with our own clients. The mentorship is developing that alliance, rather than assuming a hierarchy.

Supervisees, especially interns, are continuing to develop their core skills. As a supervisor, when observing areas of potential growth, it is my responsibility to train and demonstrate, rather than to point out what is wrong.

As human beings, we continue to grow and evolve, including our competencies and skills. As a supervisor, it is my responsibility to assist my supervisees to grow with the acknowledgement that they are developing into the psychotherapist they want to be.

Common Questions

Have a question or need help?

You have come to the right place. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions, links to related websites and downloadable documentation.

Do You Accept Extended Health Care Benefits?

I am registered with Green Shield, and many other insurance companies accept my services; however, it’s best to check with your individual benefit and insurance policy.

According to the Canadian Revenue Agency, receipts can be submitted as medical expenses on your personal income tax.

How Long Will I Be In Therapy?

The therapeutic process is based on individual issues, needs and readiness for therapy. Therefore, the answer to this question is as unique as the individual.

Is Free Parking Available?

Parking is always free when we return to in-person sessions.

What Are The Fees For Service?

We offer various services, and rates based on working with Sandy, Farhana, or an intern. We still offer a free 30-minute consultation.

Payment is through Visa, MasterCard, American Express or e-transfer paid prior to the session.

What Happens When I Come For My First Visit?

If you haven’t already completed an intake form, we will help you do so. Your meeting will be gentle, and you’ll not be asked a multitude of questions.

We believe that you will tell your therapist what you would like them to know when you’re ready for them to know it.

It is important that you feel that they are a good fit for you, your needs and issues. Most people need to establish a level of trust and safety before sharing their most inner thoughts, feelings and the issues that brought them to therapy.

The only question that your therapist will ask is, “What made you contact us?” or “What brought you here today?”

What Is The Process For Therapy?

The therapeutic journey is to help you gain awareness, strategies and strengths so you can take control and have a more productive life.

See the Therapeutic Journey for more information.

Is My Therapy Confidential?

We provide fully confidential, private, non-judgmental services.

Even after the conclusion of your therapeutic journey, we are still here for you. Have more questions? Let’s connect.

What Are Your Office Hours?

Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We are flexible. Please contact us.

What Is Your COVID Policy?

We are adhering to the requirements of The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and Health Canada, and are accepting new clients and providing for our current clients virtually. Our professional team of psychotherapists continue to be here for you, and we’ll all get through this together.

Questions? Please contact us.