Family Counselling

We offer counselling for Adults, Couples, Teenagers & Children.

It is heartbreaking for parents to see your child, children or teenager struggling and even more worrisome to see it effect them on a daily basis wondering how you can help them.

Perhaps they are unhappy in school, having a difficult time making friends, have become quiet or overly anxious or they are struggling with adapting to changes in the family unit, separation, divorce or a recent move.

You may wonder if encouraging your child or teenager to seek counselling is the right thing to do.

As much as children/teens don’t want to burden their parents with their inner most thoughts, parents too may be struggling with knowing how to help. Speaking with a professionally trained counselor is an important life skill to learn at a young age. You are never alone, help is only a phone call away. In Person sessions available in Barrie and near Orillia, Ontario

Karen understands the many issues facing children, youth, families and individuals.

With over 25 years of experience in Education as Teacher, Behavior specialist, Special Education Teacher, Resource, Guidance Counsellor; and through her work with Hospice, providing Counselling and facilitating groups. Karen understands complex needs and can draw from her life and work experience. Karen has training in Advanced Trauma Treatment or Children and Adolescents.


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  • Adults
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Couples

There are many challenges we face on a day to day basis. If you are adult with children who are doing online learning while maintaining your job either online or in person, that’s a lot of added stress on you. If you are in a relationship, or single, being an adult these days comes with many stressors.

COVID has added strain on relationships, on being single, on our resilience. Now more than ever each individual needs coping strategies and a strong sense of self in addition to a robust self care strategy.

A professional to speak with on a regular basis may provide you with strategies to re-start your wellness plan, improve relationships, enhance parenting strategies and help guide you to build your self esteem and self empowerment centre.


Parents play a critical role in guiding our youth in their mental health and well-being by encouraging them, helping them to develop self worth, offering non judgmental listening, and coping strategies such as asking for help. 

If your teen is struggling with depression, anxiety, bullying, anger, emotional outbursts or has retreated and become quieter than usual or is displaying behavior issues, contact Karen for a consultation. 

Teenagers will find a safe space to express their thoughts, issues or worries in a supportive environment. In Person sessions available in Barrie at Vitality Health Clinic, 411 Huronia Road, or near Orillia Ontario.


Karen uses a creative approach with children ensuring they feel safe, and in a comfortable space to share their thoughts, often through creative play such as clay, paint, paper, markers/crayons, building blocks to express themselves.

Is your child/youth/teen experiencing difficulty in school, increased anxiety, lacking in coping skills? Has their behavior changed, mood swings, eating or sleeping habits or has there been a recent stressor in the family.

Life transitions and changes affect everyone in different ways.


Feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? It’s a common theme these days with the challenges of COVID, online learning one day and back to school the next. Emotions are running high.  

Do you need to learn some strategies to help you cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, anger or the demands of everyday life? Whether single, widowed, divorced, separated or living as a couple – life can be challenging at times. 

Parenting is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Often a few sessions can put you back in the driver’s seat feeling confident. Give Karen a call or email to

Karen sees clients in Barrie and Orillia area and is available in person (preferable) online (a safe option) or by phone.

Questions? Please contact us.

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