The Growth Group®

The Growth Group<sup>®</sup>

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 counseling for OVER 40 YEARS in Simcoe County

Collette MacDonald

My counseling 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 management (NAMA member and Cams-1 Specialist)
  • Personal judgement and insight

The Growth Group<sup>®</sup> Anger Management NAMA

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 counseling 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.

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

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 Counseling
  • Business and Stress Management
  • Family and Business Mediation

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 and appearances

Therapist for Ministry of the Attorney General

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

Teaching Experience

Mental Health Centre - Penetanguishene, ON

  • Psychiatric Nursing Assistant Program for the Provincial Examinations

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
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<sup>®</sup>
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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Private Therapy/Counseling

Couples Therapy/Counseling

Business and Life Coaching

Anger Management and Domestic Violence Training for professionals

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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