Chronic Illness Therapists in Barrie, ON

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Charlotte Laws-Prismatic Compassion
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, ADTP, HBASc, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Do you need help coping, setting boundaries, or navigating life changes? I specialize in mood issues, low self-esteem, the LGBT2SQ+ community, those with chronic illness, those struggling with being bigger-bodied within diet culture, & Autistic/ADHD, CIS women and AFAB folks needing support. Are you coming out/transitioning & looking for an LGBT2SQ+ therapist? Do you have a chronic illness/going through menopause & want a therapist who understands? Do you want help to stop bingeing & to improve your relationship with food, or do you have sensory feeding differences? Do you want support being Autistic/ADHD in a neurotypical world?
Do you need help coping, setting boundaries, or navigating life changes? I specialize in mood issues, low self-esteem, the LGBT2SQ+ community, those with chronic illness, those struggling with being bigger-bodied within diet culture, & Autistic/ADHD, CIS women and AFAB folks needing support. Are you coming out/transitioning & looking for an LGBT2SQ+ therapist? Do you have a chronic illness/going through menopause & want a therapist who understands? Do you want help to stop bingeing & to improve your relationship with food, or do you have sensory feeding differences? Do you want support being Autistic/ADHD in a neurotypical world?
(249) 501-9189 View (249) 501-9189
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Rebecca Smith
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
I am a Registered Social Worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders/disordered eating and borderline personality disorder/traits. I also work with individuals who are experiencing a wide array of other concerns such as anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, chronic illness, and oncology/cancer support. I am trained in various modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), among others. I work with individuals (adults and adolescents 11+) and families.
I am a Registered Social Worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders/disordered eating and borderline personality disorder/traits. I also work with individuals who are experiencing a wide array of other concerns such as anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, chronic illness, and oncology/cancer support. I am trained in various modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), among others. I work with individuals (adults and adolescents 11+) and families.
(647) 492-8276 View (647) 492-8276
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Sara Desroches
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Hello, my name is Sara! I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in grief and bereavement therapy for those who have lost a family member, friend, or pet. I also support folks impacted by other major life events, such as a medical event or diagnosis; the medical event or diagnosis of a loved one; a divorce, separation, or end of a relationship; and more.
Hello, my name is Sara! I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in grief and bereavement therapy for those who have lost a family member, friend, or pet. I also support folks impacted by other major life events, such as a medical event or diagnosis; the medical event or diagnosis of a loved one; a divorce, separation, or end of a relationship; and more.
(249) 490-5911 View (249) 490-5911
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Amy Johnson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, RMFT
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Upsetting news in the moment can lead to troubled days, and letting those troubles fester can create one heck of a miserable existence that impacts every facet of your life. What we don't learn from or resolve, inevitably circles back to remind us that change needs to happen. Believe me, we have all been there! A doctor or spouse tells you that you need to make a change due to a health scare or a relationship problem and you have no idea where to begin. You start asking the questions - How did I get here? How do I change it? Can I change it? Is it worth making all the effort for the change that you think you need or want?
Upsetting news in the moment can lead to troubled days, and letting those troubles fester can create one heck of a miserable existence that impacts every facet of your life. What we don't learn from or resolve, inevitably circles back to remind us that change needs to happen. Believe me, we have all been there! A doctor or spouse tells you that you need to make a change due to a health scare or a relationship problem and you have no idea where to begin. You start asking the questions - How did I get here? How do I change it? Can I change it? Is it worth making all the effort for the change that you think you need or want?
(249) 523-5316 View (249) 523-5316
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Kathleen Hogg — Trauma • Chronic Pain • Anxiety
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, CCC, BComm
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
How could a car, your boss, the classroom, the smell of marijuana, or a second-story window make your thoughts race & hands shake, with massive amounts of anxiety? Your well-meaning friends say “we all have something,” and it feels like no one understands. What you’re feeling is very real. In 2003 my spinal cord was punctured during an epidural procedure. It led to chronic pain. Several years later I suffered a stroke. When the ambulance came, they were convinced I was drunk. Only problem: I don't drink. I know what it’s like to be misunderstood. It’s provided me with empathy & understanding as we work together on your healing path.
How could a car, your boss, the classroom, the smell of marijuana, or a second-story window make your thoughts race & hands shake, with massive amounts of anxiety? Your well-meaning friends say “we all have something,” and it feels like no one understands. What you’re feeling is very real. In 2003 my spinal cord was punctured during an epidural procedure. It led to chronic pain. Several years later I suffered a stroke. When the ambulance came, they were convinced I was drunk. Only problem: I don't drink. I know what it’s like to be misunderstood. It’s provided me with empathy & understanding as we work together on your healing path.
(249) 496-3388 View (249) 496-3388
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Neve Connolly
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Neve is a Registered Social Worker offering virtual psychotherapy. With a focus on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, illness and/or injury adjustment, and general wellness, Neve brings valuable experience and expertise to support individuals in their healing. Committed to fostering a safe and confidential space, she employs evidence-based therapeutic approaches to empower clients in coping with challenges and improving wellbeing.
Neve is a Registered Social Worker offering virtual psychotherapy. With a focus on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, illness and/or injury adjustment, and general wellness, Neve brings valuable experience and expertise to support individuals in their healing. Committed to fostering a safe and confidential space, she employs evidence-based therapeutic approaches to empower clients in coping with challenges and improving wellbeing.
(705) 302-8844 View (705) 302-8844
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Janice Canning
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP, CHyp
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Are you looking for help to decrease stress and increase calm? Are thoughts keeping you up at night? Have you experienced Trauma in workplace or personal catastrophic events? Near or anticipated death, a chronic health issue? I am a seasoned trauma counselor that can help you to understand your physical, emotional and thought changes that come with exposure to these events. I use a variety of therapeutic methods: cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment (CBT and ACT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, somatic awareness, and Mindfulness, where focused attention of present thoughts and feelings leads to behavioral changes. Hope.
Are you looking for help to decrease stress and increase calm? Are thoughts keeping you up at night? Have you experienced Trauma in workplace or personal catastrophic events? Near or anticipated death, a chronic health issue? I am a seasoned trauma counselor that can help you to understand your physical, emotional and thought changes that come with exposure to these events. I use a variety of therapeutic methods: cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment (CBT and ACT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, somatic awareness, and Mindfulness, where focused attention of present thoughts and feelings leads to behavioral changes. Hope.
(249) 559-1196 View (249) 559-1196
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Andi (Miranda) Conley
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
You are welcome here. As a neurodivergent, queer, and disabled psychotherapist and supervisor, I work with clients to create a space for healing that meets your own unique needs and desires. You, in all your glorious complexity, are welcome here. I work with individuals and groups providing support through a trauma-informed, neurodivergent affirming, and social justice aware lens that supports you to process, find resolution, and create more freedom to be your favourite self, or to discover who that might be. I also meet the CRPO criteria for supervision and provide 1:1, dyadic, and group options.
You are welcome here. As a neurodivergent, queer, and disabled psychotherapist and supervisor, I work with clients to create a space for healing that meets your own unique needs and desires. You, in all your glorious complexity, are welcome here. I work with individuals and groups providing support through a trauma-informed, neurodivergent affirming, and social justice aware lens that supports you to process, find resolution, and create more freedom to be your favourite self, or to discover who that might be. I also meet the CRPO criteria for supervision and provide 1:1, dyadic, and group options.
(249) 500-8530 View (249) 500-8530
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Jessica Lynn Kuehl
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BED, MACP, RP-QUAL
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
My approach to counselling is informed by my own journey through anxiety, childhood trauma, and chronic pain. After years of debilitating pain, I became educated about how trauma becomes stored in the body, contributing to illness and psychological distress. A variety of emotional, cognitive, and somatic exercises focused at regulating the nervous system, rewiring the brain, and stopping physical symptoms allowed me to find freedom from chronic pain. I now dedicate my career to supporting and empowering clients on their individual paths to healing.
My approach to counselling is informed by my own journey through anxiety, childhood trauma, and chronic pain. After years of debilitating pain, I became educated about how trauma becomes stored in the body, contributing to illness and psychological distress. A variety of emotional, cognitive, and somatic exercises focused at regulating the nervous system, rewiring the brain, and stopping physical symptoms allowed me to find freedom from chronic pain. I now dedicate my career to supporting and empowering clients on their individual paths to healing.
(249) 490-5381 View (249) 490-5381
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Diana Korsounski
Registered Social Worker, LCSW, MSW, BHSc
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
“With a heart like that, you deserve the world.” (R.M. Drake) - Don’t we all deserve to be the very best version of ourselves, the Best You that there can be. Together, we can examine common negative thinking patterns; in addition, we can work on developing better coping strategies aimed at enhancing personal positive reasoning skills and attitude.
“With a heart like that, you deserve the world.” (R.M. Drake) - Don’t we all deserve to be the very best version of ourselves, the Best You that there can be. Together, we can examine common negative thinking patterns; in addition, we can work on developing better coping strategies aimed at enhancing personal positive reasoning skills and attitude.
(249) 490-5363 View (249) 490-5363
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Grace North Psychotherapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
At Grace North Psychotherapy our clinicians create a safe space for you to process your thoughts and feelings and gain a deeper understanding of self in relation to your relationships with others and the world around you. We will help you gain insight into your past and present, shine a light on your strengths and help you work through challenges to achieve a better state of mind and start living with more grace and ease.
At Grace North Psychotherapy our clinicians create a safe space for you to process your thoughts and feelings and gain a deeper understanding of self in relation to your relationships with others and the world around you. We will help you gain insight into your past and present, shine a light on your strengths and help you work through challenges to achieve a better state of mind and start living with more grace and ease.
(249) 201-8640 View (249) 201-8640
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Sarah Cairns - Certified Nurse Psychotherapist
RN, CNP(Q), CPN(Q), BScN, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
I'm a Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (CNP)/Certified Psychotherapist Nurse (CPN) with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the Canadian Nurse Psychotherapy Association (CNPA).
I'm a Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (CNP)/Certified Psychotherapist Nurse (CPN) with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the Canadian Nurse Psychotherapy Association (CNPA).
(249) 523-3560 View (249) 523-3560
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Rosemary Muzorewa
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed and/or depressed? Have you experienced a traumatic event that left you feeling alone, terrified and powerless? Maybe you are struggling with loss of a loved one, life changes, a break up or relationship problems that have stolen your joy and inner peace and affected your sleep and daily activities.
Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed and/or depressed? Have you experienced a traumatic event that left you feeling alone, terrified and powerless? Maybe you are struggling with loss of a loved one, life changes, a break up or relationship problems that have stolen your joy and inner peace and affected your sleep and daily activities.
(249) 201-8644 View (249) 201-8644
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Dr. Andrea Guthrie
Psychologist, PsyD, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Lakeview Psychology is a private psychology clinic in Barrie, Ontario. The practice offers a wide range of psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. Services are provided in a confidential and welcoming setting. Your comfort, safety and privacy are an utmost priority.
Lakeview Psychology is a private psychology clinic in Barrie, Ontario. The practice offers a wide range of psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. Services are provided in a confidential and welcoming setting. Your comfort, safety and privacy are an utmost priority.
(705) 408-2031 View (705) 408-2031
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William Stanus
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I primarily focus on working with adults (18 and over) in individual therapy. I am comfortable with a wide variety of presenting issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, relational issues, meaning, identity conflicts, and trauma. I also provide christian counselling services to those seeking to bring their faith into the counselling room.
I primarily focus on working with adults (18 and over) in individual therapy. I am comfortable with a wide variety of presenting issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, relational issues, meaning, identity conflicts, and trauma. I also provide christian counselling services to those seeking to bring their faith into the counselling room.
(249) 202-2204 View (249) 202-2204
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Ira Stevanovic
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
"The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up." from Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Congratulations on taking a first step on your journey towards a more peaceful, happier, and grounded self. I would be honoured to join you on that journey so that you can face and overcome obstacles while creating an environment of growth and change. I strongly believe that a safe, respectful, and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the foundation of our work together.
"The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up." from Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Congratulations on taking a first step on your journey towards a more peaceful, happier, and grounded self. I would be honoured to join you on that journey so that you can face and overcome obstacles while creating an environment of growth and change. I strongly believe that a safe, respectful, and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the foundation of our work together.
(249) 202-2372 View (249) 202-2372
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Bloom & Thrive Therapy - Angela Bishop MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CC-PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
You've heard that parenthood is supposed to be a natural transition, but it doesn't feel that way. You have thoughts about how a good parent wouldn't feel sad or angry like this. You're going through the motions, but you're overwhelmed and overstimulated. You're managing, but it's not joyful like others said - it’s hard. You love your baby, but you miss how easy things were before. It’s confusing. You wonder when it gets easier. You deserve relief. You want to figure out what you need. You want to feel happy. You're ready to find your sense of self again, to find ease and help parenthood feel good for you. I can help you get there.
You've heard that parenthood is supposed to be a natural transition, but it doesn't feel that way. You have thoughts about how a good parent wouldn't feel sad or angry like this. You're going through the motions, but you're overwhelmed and overstimulated. You're managing, but it's not joyful like others said - it’s hard. You love your baby, but you miss how easy things were before. It’s confusing. You wonder when it gets easier. You deserve relief. You want to figure out what you need. You want to feel happy. You're ready to find your sense of self again, to find ease and help parenthood feel good for you. I can help you get there.
(249) 490-5468 View (249) 490-5468
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Aimee Pudifin - Currently Accepting New Clients
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Are you somebody who is currently experiencing inner turmoil, conflict, or is having a difficult time being at peace with themselves? Perhaps you're a little too familiar with your inner-critic and seeking a more kind way of engaging with yourself and others. If you can relate to these words, you've landed in the right place. I have worked with clients who've experienced an array of challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress/burnout, low self-esteem, childhood trauma, relationship problems, grief/loss, and more.
Are you somebody who is currently experiencing inner turmoil, conflict, or is having a difficult time being at peace with themselves? Perhaps you're a little too familiar with your inner-critic and seeking a more kind way of engaging with yourself and others. If you can relate to these words, you've landed in the right place. I have worked with clients who've experienced an array of challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress/burnout, low self-esteem, childhood trauma, relationship problems, grief/loss, and more.
(249) 802-7953 View (249) 802-7953
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Royce Tucker
Registered Psychotherapist, BA Psyc, MC Psyc, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Going to therapy, particularly for the first time, can be difficult. You may want someone who can give you direction or tools, who you can also connect with and feel supported by. At my practice, I strive to provide a good therapeutic relationship with someone who is warm, caring, competent and knowledgeable.
Going to therapy, particularly for the first time, can be difficult. You may want someone who can give you direction or tools, who you can also connect with and feel supported by. At my practice, I strive to provide a good therapeutic relationship with someone who is warm, caring, competent and knowledgeable.
(705) 770-8916 View (705) 770-8916
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Rachel LaRosee
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Rachel has always had a passion for helping others which is why she spent the last 10 years working in the law field. Working in law exposed her to the complexities of life, developing her belief that change, growth and healing is possible if individuals are supported with compassion, empathy, and non-judgement. This belief has become her therapeutic approach, along with valuing that each client is unique, making the therapy process unique. Rachel will walk alongside clients through their challenges and suffering, hold a space for healing, and help clients move towards a life more in alignment with meaning and purpose
Rachel has always had a passion for helping others which is why she spent the last 10 years working in the law field. Working in law exposed her to the complexities of life, developing her belief that change, growth and healing is possible if individuals are supported with compassion, empathy, and non-judgement. This belief has become her therapeutic approach, along with valuing that each client is unique, making the therapy process unique. Rachel will walk alongside clients through their challenges and suffering, hold a space for healing, and help clients move towards a life more in alignment with meaning and purpose
(249) 487-0538 View (249) 487-0538

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Chronic Illness Counsellors

How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.