The Growth Group

The Growth Group

Mission Statement

Assist each client to progress from "trauma to triumph" and achieve effective personal growth that will allow them to reach their maximum level of functional ability within their chosen environment.

Has been providing counselling for OVER 40 YEARS in Simcoe County

Collette MacDonald
Therapist - Regulated Health Care Professional

My counselling process consists of a holistic approach which ensures that I am working with individuals according to their style, preference and capabilities. This can range from basic level health teaching in specific areas such as developing:

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-awareness
  • Personal boundaries
  • Communication strategies
  • Emotional connection
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Anger treatment
  • Personal judgement and insight

The in-depth level is more sophisticated and is related to personal self evaluation where a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches are used such as blending cognitive behavioural techniques. These processes will help you achieve successful lifestyle choices.

My personal desire and drive to grow professionally has lead me to augment my skills with continuing education and intensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities and counselling strategies which include more complex mental health issues such as:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Treatment Resistant Anxiety/Panic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Adult and Adolescent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Couple Conflict Resolution
  • Brief Strategic Interventions
  • Past Childhood Trauma Recovery Work from Emotional/Verbal/Physical/Sexual Abuse

These modalities and counseling strategies have made me a better therapist and helps me to continue my life's passion working with so many wonderful clients helping them achieve there full potential. I look forward to working and growing with all my clients.

As a Regulated Health Care Professional

I am required to be registered with my Professional College. The College is the regulating body for my profession and has been established by the Provincial Government to monitor the practice of all registrants. This protects you, the client, by ensuring that I provide counselling which is ethical and follows professional guidelines according to the standards of my profession.

You may contact me directly or by Physician referral.

Assist each client to progress from "trauma to triumph" and achieve effective personal growth that will allow them to reach their maximum level of functional ability within their chosen environment.

Who is the Growth Group?

Collette MacDonald and Button

Please meet Collette MacDonald

It has been quite a journey for myself since introducing the Growth Group to Simcoe County.

As a parent and Academic Professional, I have made it my life passion to explore the many types of treatments that are available and have been extremely fortunate to be able to connect with some of the best psychologists and doctors in the province of Ontario which makes me feel that I can provide to my client family the treatment available today.

Providing Counseling and Consulting services is a constant growing experience not only for my clients but also for myself.

I am looking forward to working with you and your challenges.

Work Experience

Private Practice specializing in

  • Couples and Individuals Psychotherapy
  • Business and Stress Management
  • Family and Business Mediation

Department of National Defense

  • Stress Management
  • Trauma Reduction

Sexual Abuse

  • Trail expertise for clients seeking Civil Litigation

Ontario Association of Family Mediation

  • Mediator for Family Law
  • Court reports and appearances

Therapist for Ministry of the Attorney General

  • Victim Quick Response Program
  • "BOOST" - Victims of Child Internet Exploration

Teaching Experience

Georgian College - Barrie, ON

  • R.N. and R.N.A. in classroom and Clinical settings

Mental Health Centre - Penetanguishene, ON

  • Psychiatric Nursing Assistant Program for the Provincial Examinations

Professional Accreditation

  • Police and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Harvard Accreditation - Psychotherapy Support for the Different Types of Cancer
  • Harvard Specialty for A.D.D., A.D.H.D. and Bipolar
  • Board of Education - Simcoe County - Employee Assistance Program Therapist
Collette MacDonald

Please meet Button

Button is our Teacup Yorkie who has grown to be a natural in therapy. Button participates in all of our youth sessions in a calm, sensitive way. She is excellent at licking away the tears, loves to snuggle and playing to ease away the stress. She genuinely builds her own relationship with our clients in a non-distracting manner. Button's sensitivity and warmth leaves a lasting impression with all our clients.

The Growth Group
Abbie Hodgson

Please meet Abbie Hodgson

Business & Life Coaching

Through Abbie's coaching and consulting business she provides tools, resources and strategies to help support you to achieve all that you are capable of in business and in life.
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Photo Gavin Hodgson

Please meet Gavin Hodgson


Gavin adds an exciting new dynamic to The Growth Group by offering counselling in Anger Management.
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Therapy Services

Quattro Fertilization

Are you riding the emotional roller coaster of I.U.U and I.V.F. Quattro Fertilization?

Sexual Identity Crisis

Relationship complexities and problems with authority. The challenges facing teenagers and parents are too numerous to list and we offer diverse approaches and sensitivity to the entire family.

Concussion and Brain Injury

The growing awareness and early diagnosis of Brain Injury allow early aggressive treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral

At the Growth Group CBT is typically used interchangeably with psychodynamic psychotherapy in an effort to provide a holistic approach to healing an individual's problem areas and assisting them along their journey of personal growth.

Relationship Counseling

All relationships navigate through three specific phases in order to arrive at a deeper more intimate connection that is long lasting.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of interactive verbal therapy that enables an individual to find relief from emotional pain that arises from their subconscious motives and conflicts.

Teen Therapy

Perhaps the only thing more difficult than being a teenager is parenting one. Raging hormones, struggles for independence, peer pressure, and an emerging identity wreak havoc in the soul of the adolescent.

Contact us

Our telephone number where you can leave a confidential message is (705)-728-6918. Our fax number is (705)-728-0709.

The Growth Group is located at:
72 Ross Street - Unit 15 - Barrie, Ontario L4N 1G3

Enter the building from 72 Ross Street - under village shops sign. Waiting area to the right in the hall by the Growth Group door.

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