Our Team

Expertise, integrity, professionalism

Geoff Ayton, MSW, RSW

Geoff completed a Masters degree in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is registered through the Ontario College of Social Workers. He is trained and certified as a Narrative Therapist, and through the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. It has been his privilege to have supported a multitude of people over the past 20 years—children and adolescents, couples and families, as they work through issues that interfere with their ability to adequately function and to achieve their goals. Geoff is skilled in supporting people as they work to overcome the problems associated with mood disorders, addictions, managing anger, grief and anxiety.

In family therapy Geoff believes that all members have a role in the construction of problems in the family unit, and supports them in understanding and responding to these relationship issues. In working with couples Geoff often deals with issues of divorce, extra-marital relationships and conflict. An important part of his work with couples is offering them ways to turn towards each other, to revitalize intimacy, and rediscover effective communication techniques.

Within his practice, Geoff strives to create a space where people are recognized for their inherent worth and uniqueness. He practices from a non-judgemental approach where all are respected and valued. During a session, he collaborates with people to assist them in recognizing their full potential and promoting empowerment in their lives. Geoff feels that he has a tremendous responsibility to attend, to listen, and to seek to understand.

The southern Georgian Bay area has been Geoff's home for over 30 years. When not working, he loves to cycle, play tennis and participate actively as a member of local groups and organizations.  

Heather Morris, MSW, RSW

Heather is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of  Social Workers and Social Service Workers (registration number 322521) and has been practicing psychotherapy in several capacities for 30 years. As a counsellor for individuals, couples and families she works collaboratively to assist people in seeking change, self- awareness and support in their lives.  Heather has been trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Solution Focused, Narrative and Cognitive Behavioural therapy.

Heather's professional focus includes treating adults, families and seniors experiencing anxiety, depression, or behavioural changes as a result of the challenges of aging, family transitions and the prospect of end of life issues. She offers advocacy, consultation and support for families negotiating systems of care for elderly family members. Individual, couple and family counselling is offered in a comfortable and confidential office setting. Accreditation has been achieved in Narrative Therapy, Restorative Justice Practices, Treating Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Parents For Youth.

Interests include psychology, health, travel, cooking, and staying vibrant and resilient while holding onto a sense of humour.

Gillian Harris-Sopinka, RSW

My role as a therapist is to assist people to develop their fullest potential. This is achieved through therapeutic dialogue, self-exploration and skill acquisition. Shedding light onto some of the areas in your life (beliefs, thoughts, feelings, behaviours, relationships) that may be holding you back opens up space for transformative change. I practice with evidence-based models of therapy (Brief, Cognitive Behavioural, Collaborative Problem Solving, Dialectical Behaviour and Narrative). I also combine mindfulness & meditation based approaches within my practice. I have 20 yrs of clinical experience and am driven by results.

Do you feel stuck? My practice approach is particularly effective for clients working on issues related to mood (anxiety, worries, low mood, depression) & regulating intense/unpredictable emotions. I often hear from clients that they are empowered and motivated by the progress they've realized in our sessions. Therapy can be life changing. You are worth it!

I have a special interest in working with women, teens and young adults. My practice is feminist informed. Supporting you non-judgmentally and whole-heartedly are at the core of my practice values. I also offer mindfulness-based trainings and retreats for groups (online or live). Currently, Town of Collingwood and GTHS are among my organizational clients.

Catherine Cilia, MSW, RSW

Catherine is registered through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and has completed a Masters of Social Work. Catherine is also in the process of completing a Certificate in Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She has extensive training in various therapeutic frameworks such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for post-traumatic stress, Grief and Loss, and Mindfulness-based practices that support the connection between mind and body.

Catherine has considerable work experience with individuals who struggle with anxiety-related issues, trauma, grief; including bereaved individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one, esteem, and relational conflict . 

Adopting an approach that is rooted in empathy and compassion, and which fosters strength and skills development, she guides her clients in marshalling the essential tools they need to overcome the challenges they face and gain confidence.

Catherine’s work in the counselling role is fueled by a passion for collaborative relationships with people, working together through the problems they are experiencing, and creating goals that will support them in reaching their full potential. She believes strongly in the individual dignity and worth of all people, and this approach creates  space for people to be able to openly talk, and reflect in a safe and trusting place, free of judgement. Catherine values and honours the courage it can take to step out and search for change.

Catherine is a mother of two teenage children, and a gorgeous goldendoodle, named Nala. She is a cancer survivor and passionate about empowering individuals in their efforts to cope with adversity. She loves reading, catching up with close friends, and hiking.    

Eric King, MSW, RSW

Eric completed his Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He has an extensive background in systemic and competency-based family and individual therapy in a range of contexts including: mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, and school settings.

Eric spent ten years as the director of family programs at Pine River Institute, a therapeutic boarding school and wilderness program for teens struggling with addictions and mental health issues. Eric has had a successful part-time clinical practice in Toronto of nearly thirty years. He has been a trainer and consultant to mental health professionals in brief and family therapy since 1989 as faculty at the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, Gail Appel Institute. Eric also has a cross-appointment with the Department of Child Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Eric has a career-long passion about his work with adolescents, young adults and their families. While every family is unique, Eric’s focus is on utilizing the strengths of family members to explore stuck patterns of communication and behavior. In reviewing stories and beliefs embedded in them he sees that new meanings can be co-developed that serve as a base for finding new ways of relating.

Eric and his wife have lived just outside of Creemore for more than 20 years. He is an active mountain biker, cross country skier and basketballer. He is chairperson of Water First, a rapidly growing NGO collaboratively addressing multiple water challenges in First Nations.

Erin Johnson, MSW, RSW

Erin is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from King’s College at Western University. She also has undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Psychology. Erin has experience in both private practice and hospital settings using a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and Strengths Based techniques.

Most frequently, Erin works with people who are coping with depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, shame, and histories of trauma. Overwhelming emotions, negative thought patterns, and painful past learning can make it hard to be in our own heads. Sometimes we end up fighting ourselves or getting in our own way as we try to manage our pain. The things we try might not work, like trying to use shame and self-criticism to bully ourselves into feeling better. Or, they only help in the short-term, like numbing, avoidance, obsessing, or trying to control everything. By learning to work with ourselves differently, we can learn new, more effective ways to move us forward into a life we want to be living.

Erin recognizes that therapy is a team effort. She knows things about mental health, like therapeutic techniques, the latest research, and what has worked for others. You know things about yourself, like your strengths, goals, and hopes for the future. It is her hope that by working together you can take the next steps forward into the life you want to be living.

When not working, Erin enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and cooking. She is a huge fan of critters of all shapes and sizes and will always be interested in seeing photos of yours.

Michael Bartlett MSW RSW

Mike is a registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from York University. He has experience in private practice, and community work with children, youth and families. Mike works from a foundation of Narrative Therapy, which approaches the challenges people face by first understanding how a person stories themselves, and how that story came to be. He also integrates concrete tools and strategies from CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Strengths Based Therapies.

Most frequently, Mike works with children 6-12, who struggle with big feelings like anger, anxiety and overwhelming sadness that get in the way of everyday living. He also has experience working with children who live with ADHD, as well as children on the Autism Spectrum. In addition to his work with children, Mike also frequently works with adult men who are coping with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, anger, relationship difficulties and histories of trauma.

Sometimes the stories we tell about ourselves leave us feeling angry, depressed, hopeless, incapable, unworthy or unlovable. Maybe somewhere along the line we become 'an angry person,' or see ourselves as 'out of control.' Maybe your child lives with an 'Anxiety Gremlin' that feeds off their greatest worries and fears. Learning how and when these stories started, and how they influence our individual struggles, can be a big step in learning how to move forward.

Mike views therapy as the process of collaboratively exploring the stories and experiences that have shaped you. You are the expert of your story, and you carry the knowledge of your experiences and their influence. It is Mike’s hope that together, through compassion and curiosity, you can re-author problem stories in a meaningful and healing way.

When not practicing therapy, he is likely spending time with his wife, toddler, and two big dogs. He can often be found at play, training as an amateur Strongman, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or crafting wood furniture.

Jane Flindall, RSW, MSW, PMH-C, BHSc-Midwifery

Jane is a registered social worker and has obtained her Masters of Social work. She has training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Basic Principles of DBT, Birth and Reproductive Trauma, and Perinatal Grief and Loss. She has worked in the hospital setting as a former Registered Midwife for 7 years.

She believes that compassion, empathy, and understanding are the most essential components of a therapeutic relationship. She has experience with adults living with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. In addition, she provides psychotherapy for perinatal mental health and that includes the prenatal period and up to two years postpartum.

Jane is a strong advocate for the need for education and awareness about mental health and reduction of stigma. She believes that change is supported by a strengths-based approach combined with uncovering individual values and core beliefs.

Jane and her family live in Wasaga Beach and love the active outdoor lifestyle that the Georgian Bay area offers. She is a huge animal lover and has a husky and 3 cats. She is passionate about traveling, has lived in several countries, and has done maternal infant health work internationally.

Danielle Pearson, MSW, RSW.

Danielle has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has extensive training in cognitive behavioural therapy for post-trauma, depression, and anxiety-related problems.

Danielle focuses on the relationship with each client, using a primarily cognitive-behavioural approach to treatment, with elements of narrative therapy and gestalt to adapt therapy to each person’s needs and style.

It can be intimidating to start therapy, but Danielle’s warm and flexible approach make it easier to engage and create change.

Danielle loves gardening, hiking, and taking advantage of the Georgian Bay area, spending free time with her partner, son, and pup Sadie.