About Collette MacDonald & The Growth Group

Our mission statement is to aid individuals as they progress from Trauma to Triumph and achieve effective personal growth to reach their maximum level of functionality within their chosen environment. Our 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 mindfulness techniques to basic level health teaching approach.


growth & strategy

These teachings may be focused in such areas as developing self-esteem, self-awareness, personal boundaries, communication strategies, emotional connection strategies, emotional connection, social skills, stress management, anger management/treatment, and improving personal judgement and insight.

A Blend of Cognitive & Behavioural Techniques

We may progress to more sophisticated, in-depth levels related to personal self-excavation using a variety of psychotherapeutic approached. A blending of cognitive and behavioural therapeutic techniques and the new “Dialectic Behavioural Therapy” may be added to accomplish progress and achieve successful lifestyle choices.

A Pillar of Therapeutic Development

The Growth Group has been a pillar of therapeutic development and counselling in Barrie and the greater Simcoe County region for the past 30 years to individuals of varying ages and demographics.

We work with a diverse range of complex issues including mood disorders, treatment resistant anxiety/panic disorders, adult and adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), couple conflict resolution, brief strategic interventions; and past childhood trauma recovery work emotional/verbal/physical/sexual abuse.

A Message From Collette

Through my ongoing desire for professional growth and through the addition of key associates, I continually challenge myself and those around me to explore increasingly complex mental health issues. I have augmented my skills with continuing education and intensive training in a variety of therapeutic modules and counselling strategies. Further to this, I have expanded The Growth Group to include associated of varying skills sets to better assist our clientele.


Contact any of our associates either by Physician, Legal Advisor, or direct referral.


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 Counseling

  • Business and Stress Management

  • Family and Business Mediation

Crises & Trauma Resource Institute

  • Mental Illness in Children & Youth

Therapist for Ministry of the Attorney General

  • Victim Quick Response Program

  • "BOOST" - Victims of Child Internet Exploration

Department of National Defence

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma Reduction

Sexual Abuse

  • Trail Expertise for Clients Seeking Civil Litigation

Ontario Association of Family Mediation

  • Mediator for Family Law

  • Court Reports & Appearances

Teaching Experience

Mental Health Centre - Barrie, Ontario

  • Psychiatric Nursing Assistant Program for the Provincial Examinations

General Information

2010 | Cancer Survivorship Programs - Dana Farber Centre, Harvard Medical School

2008 - Present | Business Communication Seminars

2008 - Present | Ministry of the Attorney General - Victims Quick Response Program

2000 - Present | ADD, ADHD Workshops

1988 - 2008 | Family Mediation Assessment & Reports

1988 - 1995 | Custody & Access Assessments for Provincial Court

1986 - Present | Insurance Reports & Psychological Trauma Therapy

1985 - Present | Business Stress Management Seminars

1985 - Present | Trauma Reduction Therapy - PTSD

Professional Accreditation

  • NAMA member and Cams-1 Specialist

  • Police and Vulnerable Sector Check

  • Harvard Accreditation - 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

R.N.A.O | Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

C.A.N.I.P | Canadian Association of Nurses in Private Practice

C.A.F.M | Canadian Association of Family Meditation

About Gavin Hodgson.

Partner Assault Response (PAR) | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Anger Management Programs

I have received my Honors Degree from Mount Allison University, with accredited Masters courses in Behavioral Science from the University of Calgary. I have completed the core training for Road 2 Mental Readiness (R2MR) to assists those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

With a desire to further my education and to remain current I attend ongoing conferences and “Leading Edge” workshops. I have completed several accredited courses in Anger Management, Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program and Critical Incident Training. I have also graduated from Ontario Police College and South West Fire Academy.

As a parent some of the best life lessons come from our children and their interactions, I will bring this attention to detail and devotion to each client I see. Finally, I am forever learning from my beautiful family, whom push me to be the best version of myself that I can achieve.

As a C.B.T., I will assist in coping with:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety Issues,

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD),

  • Cyber-Bullying,

  • Bullying,

  • Teen Social Anxiety,

  • Teen Depression,

  • Sport Therapy – Student Athletes and Professional Athletes

I joined The Growth Group because of their strength in the community and their attention to personal growth.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

As a cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT), I will be focusing on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognition (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours, and emotional regulation). By taking a specific look at, learned behaviours and how the individual’s personal environment influences those behaviours, we will work at developing personal boundaries, communication strategies, social skills, stress management, anger treatment and improving personal judgment. I also utilize psychotherapy and develop stress strategies in order to assist my clients in achieving their goals.

I will also work in combination with medical and psychiatric professionals in treating other conditions, such as:

  • Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Major Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar

  • Psychotic Disorders

  • Conduct Disorders,

  • Aggression and Abuse

  • Anger Management


Throughout my professional growth, I have worked with individuals of all ages, developing coping strategies to begin living a mentally happier and healthier life.

As per the standards of my profession, I provide counseling which is both ethical and confidential. I offer both private one-on-one counseling as well as group counseling. You may contact me by referral or directly through the office at (705) 229-7079.

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


About Abbie Hodgson.

Business & Life Coaching

Abbie Hodgson has a BA in Economics and Business from McMaster University. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) as well as a Business and Life Coach trained by the Coaches Training Institute.

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.

Learn more about Abbie’s Business & Life Coaching/Consulting here!


About 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.