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 an Honors graduate of Yorkville University’s, Master’s in Counselling Psychology Program. She is currently in the midst of pursuing her licensing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Prior to this she had graduated with Honors from Seneca College’s 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. Saarah has also obtained an Honors BA within the Multicultural Indigenous Studies Program from York University receiving an additional certification in Anti-Racist Research Practice.

She has extensive experience working in the field of mental health and has worked with clients dealing with but not limited to concurrent disorders, addictions, trauma, stress, marital issues, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD. Supporting individual clients, families, couples, youth, and teens in reaching their personal goals.

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), Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, holistic, and client-centered care. She supports client’s with discovering their inner strengths and works collaboratively to create personalized treatment plans conducive to their overall health & wellbeing. 

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

Serena Manoochehri

HBA, MACP, R.P (Qualifying)

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.

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Deirdre Maloney

Holistic Healing Mentor

Deirdre is inspiring people to recognize their full potential in living a wholehearted life. Through her writing she helps individuals feel understood and sets an example of self-acceptance.

Although Deirdre struggled with low self worth, depression, anxiety and drug abuse, she was able to rise above the setbacks to truly create the life of her dreams. Deirdre is on a mission to turn her pain into purpose; helping others connect to themselves in a time where we are so disconnected from self and from others. 

She is the founder of HighGate Racing; Canada’s largest all female competitive cycling team with an initiative to keep young women in sport. She has a sponsorship program for the Youth Development Team, providing financial aid and life skills to help these young women harness their power as athletes, students and community members. 

Deirdre is also the co-founder of a women’s healing circle in her community; offering a safe environment for women to share their struggles, fears and pain. She helps guide them to a path of healing.

She is an Author, Speaker, and Wellness Influencer.