Taryn Barnes obtained obtained her Bachelor of Honors Psychology (2009) and Masters of Social Work (2011) degrees from the University of Windsor. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
Taryn has over a decade of experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and is very passionate about her work with children, teens, families, and adults who have experienced trauma in their childhood. Taryn uses a variety of different tools in working with her clients such as play and art therapy, sandtray, exercise, outdoor recreation, meditation, and sensory-based activities.
Taryn has direct experience working in a variety of settings, including child welfare, addictions, mental health, and domestic violence sectors. She has a particular interest in PTSD, childhood trauma, attachment issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, grief, anxiety, depression, dissociation and suicide intervention.
Taryn lived in the Yukon Territory for a number of years and provided therapeutic services to individuals living in remote First Nations communities. She is extremely passionate about child and adolescent mental health, and is dedicated to providing professional clinical services to this population.
She is a trained clinician in the areas of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Play Therapy (Canadian Association of Play Therapy). These approaches, combined with a strong foundation in Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution-Focused, and Family Therapy allow Taryn’s clients to gain a full range of tools and skills that they can use outside of the therapeutic sessions.
She has been certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics taught through Dr. Bruce Perry at the Child Trauma Academy. She has also completed additional trainings in the areas of childhood dissociation, and attachment-focused therapy.