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Jennifer De La Roca, MSW, RSW

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Jennifer De La Roca is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers, practicing in Barrie for over 17 years.


Jennifer has extensive training in a number of therapy styles so that she can make the experience a good fit for you. She specializes in the treatment of: depression, anxiety, couples therapy, trauma (i.e. sexual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental abuse/assault, accidents, and other traumatic events), stress, grief, self-esteem, relationships, anger,  addictions, and other areas. 



Jennifer earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Windsor, and a Specialized Honours degree in Psychology from York University. Further, she has been trained in NLP techniques (neuro-linguistic programming). 



Believing in the intrinsic worth of all people, Jennifer operates in an atmosphere free from judgement, recognizing that we are all at different places on life's journey. She operates from a client-focused, strengths-based, ecological perspective, predominantly within cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, positive psychology approaches. 


Client-centred practice prioritizes the client, working to improve the life of client through emotional, cognitive, behaviour, status, or environmental changes. 

The strength-based perspective recognizes that people are resilient, striving for a healthier, more positive development; while the ecological perspective takes into account contributing factors towards current issues and symptoms from multiple levels such as individual, family, social, and macro basis. These perspectives enable the needs and unique makeup of the client to guide the healing/resolution process. 

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Karen McLennan, MSW, RSW

Karen is a Registered Social Worker and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She has worked as a Social Worker for over 30 years, and she has extensive counselling experience particularly in the areas of grief and loss, trauma, attachment, family and relationship issues, parenting, adoption, and mental health.

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Shannon Edwards, MSW, RSW

Shannon Edwards is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

She received her Honours Bachelors of Social Work from Lakehead University and Masters in Social Work from Lakehead University.

Shannon’s work with clients is grounded in her belief in the strength and resilience of all human beings.  Therapy is a collaborative process in which the therapist acts as a guide in the client’s journey to place of greater peace, empowerment, and self-fulfillment.

Shannon offers individual therapy to adults, children and youth experiencing a wide range of difficulties including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, stress, panic, trauma, grief, and addictions.


She offers relationship counselling helping couples heal wounds, resolve conflict and strengthen their relationship. Parenting and family therapy are also available to help families navigate the challenges of family life and foster a healthy and positive home life.

Shannon believes in an eclectic and client-centered approach to counselling, and offers a judgement free atmosphere. Shannon facilitates support groups and mindfulness series. 


Maria Suarez, Psychotherapist

Maria is a Psychotherapist who graduated at the University of John F. Kennedy, she also has Masters degree in Psychology.

Maria has worked as Therapist for more than 19 years and her experience includes work with individuals, couples, children, and groups struggling with different problems that have been shaping and restricting their lives. She works with diverse clients from different cultural backgrounds and diverse life experiences.

She is trained in different modalities and specializes in providing integrated trauma informed therapy, to address challenges such as anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and relationship issues.

She is proficient in providing psychotherapy in English and Spanish working through strength-based and solution focus approach. 

She believes in the unlimited potential clients have to heal and facilitates the collaborative journey with clients towards self-discovery of inner resources and strengths, creating a safe and non-judgmental space utilizing evidence-based tools.  Helping others to discover their existing potential to growth, change, and resiliency is at the core of her professional practice.

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