Samantha Barnes, Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Director, Practice Owner
Virtual and In Person Sessions in our Barrie, Ontario Office
Hello and welcome. I have always had a passion for counselling and feel honored to have helped so many families access counselling and therapy here in Barrie On.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO) and have a background as a Child and Youth Counsellor. I am a single mother to 3 beautiful children and my bonus “fur” babies as well.
When you find yourself lost and stuck in the mud of life’s daily struggles it’s important that you find a way to connect with a therapist that is able to provide you with a safe space to share your struggles as well as help motivate and guide you towards healing. Here at Sweet Spot we want to ensure that all of your families counselling needs be it couples counselling, family counselling or individual support for you or your teen are accessible in one place.
My love of seeing children and families transform into their best selves and leaving their pain behind is what keeps me motivated in my family counselling practice. My main focus is supporting women and children dealing with sadness loss and worries in their life that they just cant quite seem to manage on their own.
I take a person centered and holistic approach to both therapy and clinical supervision. I use a variety of Strength Based and Evidence Based Practices such as CBT, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Strategies. I view things through a strong Family Systems Lens and use Attachment and Positive Parenting approaches in my practice.
I believe that everyone has the strength and resilience in them to overcome their struggles and with a bit of guidance you will soon find yourself living in your “Sweet Spot” again.
Charlie Brown – Comfort and Support Companion
Did I mention that there is an office dog here too? His name is Charlie and more days than not he can be found here tail wagging, bringing joy to my clients. Charlie is non shedding and low allergy. I often say that the clients come to see me initially but Charlie is who brings them back!
Emily Simms, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) Virtual and In Person Sessions in our Barrie, Ontario Office
For several years, I have supported children and teens with unique needs and abilities in their intellectual, emotional, and academic development as well as supporting their families. I work from a strengths-based approach, exploring each individual’s unique strengths and supports to empower them to grow.
I am passionate about providing a space where there can be a judgement free exploration of self. I respect the individuality of each person and will adapt my style to find an approach that resonates.
My style is eclectic, and includes elements of CBT, psychodynamic, ACT, experiential, and play therapy. I welcome feedback and believe in a collaborative approach.
Arthi Bala M.Sc Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) Virtual Only (Ontario Clients)
It is my calling to walk alongside those seeking a new perspective in life. My own childhood trauma ignited my deep desire to find meaning in life and to me that meaning and fulfilment comes in helping someone else find hope and faith in their lives.
I worked as a Life Coach for over a decade and in 2018 obtained my Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from India. I trained in Tantra an ancient art and science of human sexuality.
I bring a holistic approach to my practice. My work blends evidence based modalities, Tantra and Somatic body movement. The body’s intelligence combined with intentional movement & psychotherapy has the power to heal trauma and bring the body back to its true nature of our existence such as love, connection, joy, confidence, pleasure, creativity and freedom.
When I am not in my therapy chair I am a mom who enjoys gardening, dancing, a good adventure and walking my fur baby Lilly.
Treatment Specialties: Couples Counselling, Intimacy Coaching, Conscious Relationships, Marriage Issues, Non-Violent Communication, Divorce & Conscious Uncoupling, Parenting & Single Parenting, Post- Partum, Infertility/Fertility Support
Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (STP), Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Somatic Body Movement, Yoga Therapy, Sacred Sexuality & Tantra