About the Growth Group

The Growth Group

The Growth Group training assumes a holistic client centred approach which ensures that we are 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 and improving personal judgment and insight. The Growth Group often progresses to more sophisticated, in-depth levels related to personal self-excavation using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches. A blending of cognitive-behavioural techniques may be added to accomplish progress and achieve successful lifestyle choices.

As Regulated Health Care Professionals, the Growth Group is required to be registered with our Professional College. The College is the regulating body for our professions and has been established by the Provincial Government to monitor the practice of all registrants. This protects you, the client, by ensuring that The Growth Group provides counseling which is ethical and follows professional guidelines according to the standards of our profession. Feel reassured that the College enables you to address any questions you may have about the service you receive.

The Growth Group has been providing counseling to the area for the past thirty plus years to individuals who are age fifteen and older. Our ongoing desire for professional growth has challenged us to explore increasingly complex mental health issues. The Growth Group have augmented their skills with continuing education and intensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities and counseling strategies. We work with a diverse range of complex issues including:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Treatment Resistant
  • Anxiety/Panic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Adult and Adolescent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Couples Conflict Resolution
  • Brief Strategic Interventions and Past Childhood Trauma Recovery Work from Emotional/Verbal/Physical/Sexual Abuse
Collette has attended Harvard in the fall of 2011 and is accredited for psychotherapy for all of the different types of Cancer. You may contact us by either Physician or direct referral. Our professional designations allow us to offer you an income tax receipt.

The Growth Group's mission is to assist you to progress from "trauma to triumph" and achieve effective personal growth of mind, body and spirit to reach your personal goals.

Who is the Growth Group?

Collette MacDonald

Please meet Collette MacDonald RN. MA.

Welcome to my website! It has been quite a journey for myself. Both as a parent and a academic professional I have realized my own growth and passions over the years of private practice.

In an attempt to secure the best treatment possible I have linked in with some of the best psychologists and doctors in the province of Ontario. I have created a network to resource the best care for not only my family but for my client family also!

These relationships have helped me keep current and exposed me to leading edge treatment modalities that are available today!

I am looking forward to working with you and your challenges. Please contact me through the office or direct at 705-715-3754

Work Experience

  • Private practice, Barrie ON - Couples and individuals psychotherapy, business and stress management, family and business mediation
  • Department of National Defense - stress management and 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


  • Part-Time Teaching - Georgian College, R.N. and R.N.A. programs in classroom, clinical and teaching in four Hospitals
  • Taught Psychiatric Nursing Assistant Program for the Provincial Examination - Georgian College


  • Diploma in Family Mediation - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute taught to O.A.F.M. standards by Dr. Barbara Landau - Psychologist & Lawyer
  • Master in Psychology - University of Toronto, with work in training analysis at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry
  • Registered Nursing Program, Women's College Hospital, Toronto ON

Professional Accreditation

  • Police and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Harvard Accreditation - Psychotherapy Support for the Different Types of Cancer
  • Harvard Specialty for ADD, ADHD and Bipolar - Coach, Manager, Educator, Psychotherapist
  • Board of Education Employee Assistance Program Therapist

Ongoing conferences & "Leading Edge" Work Shops

  • Corporate Health - affiliated staff for diagnosis, assessment and crisis treatment
  • Substance abuse
  • Insurance reports and Psychologist Trauma Therapy
  • Trauma Reduction Therapy - PTSD
Collette MacDonald

Please meet Button

Button participates in all youth sessions in a calm, sensitive way. She is excellent at licking tears and playing to ease the stress. In a non-distracting manner she nurtures those who benefit from her sensitivity and warmth.

The Grwoth Group

Working With Collette MacDonald and Button

I had the good fortune of meeting Collette MacDonald in 2007. At this time I was completing my Master's degree in Performance Consulting at the University of Ottawa. For my internship, diversity was important. I wanted to gain experience working with individuals in a variety of contexts to become a well rounded consultant. At the time I met Collette she had recently completed extensive training on Adult ADHA at Harvard University, and had client she felt would benefit from our collaborative efforts. For 2 months we worked closely with a client with Adult ADHA who was finding it increasingly difficult to execute the everyday operations of his company. As a performance consultant I observed and evaluated his current functioning and worked with him to develop organizational skills and systems to help improve his focus and output. Collette was an invaluable asset to me in this process. She enhanced my understanding of Adult ADHD and educated me on how to most effectively coach individuals with this diagnosis. Collette provided me a truly unique and educational opportunity as a student which helped me to develop into the person and consultant I am today. For this I will be forever grateful. Thank you Collette!
Jennie Bradford, M.A., CSPA

Therapy Services

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.

My journey took me to Collette MacDonald!

I was stuck. I was 45 years old, and was not where I expected I would be at that time of my life. I was directionless and floundering. I needed help. My journey took me to Collette MacDonald. Working with Collette, I have come to know how dedicated she is to her clients. She insists on being as up-to-date as possible on all fronts that involve her practice. She can work effectively with family doctors and with other professionals - medical, legal, and others - whatever is needed to help her clients progress. Collette is able to observe first-hand how many therapies work with her clients and is able to filter through the myriad of symptoms, doctor's recommendations and relevant working issues to isolate the best combination of therapies. What is more, she has the ability to observe that the combination is working, or recommend tweaks that that can make the combination work better. I find her insights into how our systems work in Canada extremely helpful. This has helped me navigate our medical and legal systems. Therapy is a long journey. It is centralized on growth - individual growth - both mental and emotional. But it is all self-growth. Collette is an extraordinary guide. The reference catalogue she uses (books and other tools) is a mixture of old and current - things she knows work. If something better comes along, she moves out the old to make way for the new. I know I can rely on her to be as relevant and current as possible. For me and my journey, we still have a long way to go. And I hope Collette is with me for as long as she possibly can, as I stumble my way through this hectic, complicated world.
Teresa Butt

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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