Our Team

Meet the team behind Balanced Life Therapy

Cindy McAfee

Cindy McAfee

RSSW

Cindy McAfee is a graduate of the Georgian College Social Service Worker program and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and The Ontario Social Service Worker Association.

She has over 11 years of experience serving Barrie and the surrounding area by supporting Individuals, Couples, Families, Youth & Teens through healing and growth.

Cindy uses Evidence-Based Modalities such as Gottman Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Applied Suicide Intervention, and Addictions Counselling. Cindy has facilitated groups at Barrie Withdrawal Management Services and Facilitates Group Counselling sessions with various life issues, she also has extensive experience with Self-Esteem Groups for Women.

She is a Gottman 7PP Educator and is trained in Screening for Domestic Violence, Family Mediation, and New Ways for Families Mediation.

Cindy has a client centered individual approach that is trailered to each client’s specific needs and goals. She works with individuals by creating a treatment plan to help them achieve goals that are set out in the beginning of counselling, and fundamentally believes that each person is inherently the expert on themselves for them to live their best life.

Fees may be covered under extended health benefits. Please check with your insurance provider prior to booking your appointment.

Ron McAfee

Ron McAfee

RSSW

Life Coaching and Counselling

“There are two great days in a person’s life- the day we are born and the day we discover why”, Willian Barclay. Ron McAfee owned his own construction company for 35 years. Wanting change, he returned to school and graduated with Honors from Northern College Social Service Worker Program. Ron is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and Ontario Social Service Workers Association.

What makes a good life? According to “Lessons from the longest study on happiness” - https://youtu.be/8KkKuTCFvzI - your relationships are the number one factor that determine a person’s happiness. Ron enjoys working with clients to develop skills and provide them tools to identify triggers and manage emotional issues particularly anger and rage in individual and group sessions.

Ron enjoys using his experience, creativity, solution focused, outside of the box uncommon sense and humor to create a safe environment client’s can identify and explore their hopes, goals, obstacles and challenges to create habits, systems and a step by step written plan to affect lasting positive change.

"You don’t rise to your goals, you fall to your systems"
- James Clear

Fees may be covered under extended health benefits. Please check with your insurance provider prior to booking your appointment.

Saarah Khan

Saarah Khan

HBA., RSSW., MACP

Saarah is a graduate of the Seneca College Social Service Worker Program and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Prior to this, Saarah obtained an Honors BA within the Multicultural Indigenous Studies program from York University receiving an additional certification in Anti-Racist Research Practice.

Saarah is currently in the midst of completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology program from Yorkville University where she will soon receive her designation as a Registered Psychotherapist (RP).

Saarah has a commitment to practice with anti-oppressive and non-judgmental frameworks. Further exemplified through her clinical grounding rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strengths Based Resilience (SBR), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), holistic, and client-centered care.

Fees may be covered under extended health benefits. Please check with your insurance provider prior to booking your appointment.

Serena Manoochehri

HBA., MACP

Serena is a graduate from Yorkville University’s Masters in Counseling Psychology program and previously graduated with a Bilingual Honours BA in Psychology from Glendon College.

During her schooling, Serena worked as a grief counsellor and provided counselling services to those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Throughout this time, she became trained in various therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She has also had experience implementing informed strategies through Motivational Interviewing and Multi-Systemic Therapy. Currently she is pursuing her licensing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Through a holistic, eclectic and strengths-based approach; Serena will collaborate with you in creating a treatment plan that is realistic and addresses your specific needs.

Fees may be covered under extended health benefits. Please check with your insurance provider prior to booking your appointment.

Magenta McDonald

Magenta McDonald

Office Manager

Deborah Alton

Deborah Alton Community Partner

B.A., M.A., N.L.P., R.P.

Deborah has been providing psychotherapy for over 20 years for adults, couples, adolescents and families. She also spent 15 years in Social Services working with troubled adults and youth as a probation officer.

Deborah was an associate for many years at the well known Yonge/Lawrence Centre of Counselling and Consulting in Toronto. She relocated to Barrie and created the Reflection Centre in 2004.

Deborah is passionate about her work with families, which is evident in the results achieved by her clients. She is on the board of the Simcoe Collaborative Law Association and provides Couples Therapy as well as Divorce/Family Coaching. She is committed to assisting couples and co-parents towards a decision making process that is 'win-win' and she provides a safe environment to explore change.

She is a passionate public speaker teaching groups, teams, and corporations how to effect positive change and transformation. She is a co-author, and workshop/group facilitator.

Fees may be covered under extended health benefits. Please check with your insurance provider prior to booking your appointment.