Jennifer De La Roca
Jennifer De La Roca is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers, practicing in Barrie for over 14 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.
Karen McLennan - Barrie Office
Karen is a Registered Social Worker and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She has worked as a Social Workerfor over 30 years, and she has extensive counseling experience particularly in the areas of grief and loss, trauma, attachment, family and relationship issues, parenting, adoption, and mental health.
Karen works at the Barrie office, and offers counselling in person or via Skype, FaceTime or phone.
Larissa Noble - Barrie Office
Larissa Noble is a Masters of Social Work Candidate who has been employed on the front lines of social services for the last 9 years in municipal government. Larissa supports clients through a variety of life's obstacles with a special focus on those struggling with anxiety, depression, attachment issues (relationship problems), anger management, self-esteem, empowerment, and employment counselling. She also has experience working with children, youth and families.
Prior to counselling Larissa was a radio and television journalist for CBC and CTV where she took an active role in social justice issues, investigative journalism and providing a voice to the voiceless. Her passion for helping those in need lead her to a career in counselling.
Larissa has had training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, attachment therapy, choice and acceptance therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and many more. She is a life- long learner always taking new courses and keeping up to date with the newest practice modalities. She has a special interest in attachment therapy and mindfullness.
Larissa is an MSW candidate, holds an honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, and also has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.
Larissa believes every individual has the skills and strengths to heal themselves and find solutions to their problems. Larissa pays close attention to a client’s talents, inner-resources, skills and strengths. Larisssa views counselling as a collaborative effort between client and counsellor and believes the counselling experience should be a positive one where clients feel supported and heard at all times. Larissa is an eclectic therapist who applies a variety of interventions in therapy depending on the needs of the individual.
For Larissa, the most important element in counselling is the client-therapist relationship so that the client feels trusted, heard, and respected. She is non- judgmental and respects the inherent dignity of all.
Passionate about narrative therapy, Larissa believes that the client should always be viewed as separate from the problem. In Michael White’s words: “The problem is the problem; the person is not the problem.”
Larissa looks forward to meeting with you to discuss your counselling goals and support you with next steps as you move forward on your journey to well-being and happiness.
Carol Hawthorne - London Office
Carol Hawthorne is a Registered Social Worker and a member in good standing with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Carol earned both her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1997, and her Bachelor of Social Work, Honors Degree in 2003 from King’s University College, University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Carol brings more than 15 years of diverse counselling experience working in Mental Health, Child Welfare, Education, Community Development, Woman Abuse, Motor Vehicle/Personal Injury, Long-Term Care and Alzheimer’s disease.
In her capacity as Social Worker, Carol’s professional philosophy is to conduct herself with the guiding principles of hope, healing, diversity and inclusivity. She is motivated to develop caring relationships and to foster connections that are based in the essential human qualities of receptivity, humanity, competency and positivity.
Carol is recognized as a compassionate and skilled professional. She is proficient in providing psychosocial assessment, treatment, advocacy and client-centred modalities that support solution-focused and effective opportunities for clients. As a natural collaborator, Carol’s diligent work in developing professional and community-based therapeutic alliances is an essential part in predicting her client’s positive outcomes in psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy assists clients in developing good insight into the problematic nature of their problems, behaviour and symptoms. You deserve outcomes that will enhance your self-confidence and improve your adaptive actions. It’s an opportunity to learn or relearn how to effectively care for yourself and others.