Taryn Barnes

Taryn Barnes

*Taryn currently has a 6+ month waitlist*

MSW, RSW

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.

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Other Team Members

Dawn Whalls

Dawn Whalls

MSW, RSW

*Dawn currently has a 6+ month waitlist.

Dawn Whalls is a certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA approved consultant, and a Registered Social Worker. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1991 and a Master Degree in Social Work in 2013 from the University of Western Ontario.

Dawn has over twenty-five years of counselling experience working with children, youth, individuals and families. She has practiced in the areas of mental health, child welfare, domestic violence, addictions and supporting persons with disabilities.
Taryn Barnes

Taryn Barnes

MSW, RSW

*Taryn currently has a 6+ month waitlist.

Taryn Barnes 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.
Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

MSW, RSW

*Matt currently has a 6+ month waitlist.

Matt Barnes obtained his Bachelor of Honors Psychology degree (2008) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Social Work degree (2011) from the University of Windsor. He is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Matt provides individual, couples and family counselling. He works with youth and adults impacted by trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, sports related issues, stress and a variety of cognitive, behavioral and social issues.
Michele McPherson

Michele McPherson

MSW, RSW

Michele McPherson obtained her Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph (2011) and a Social Service Worker Diploma from Humber College (2011). Michele completed her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Windsor in 2019. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Michele offers services to individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) as well as couples and families. She employs her passion for health and wellness in the therapeutic realm by using several components of the mind-body connection within her practice, including exercise, meditation, yoga, and mindful movement.
Lauren Markos

Lauren Markos

B.A.H., MSW, RSW

*Lauren is currently on a leave of absence.

Lauren obtained her Honours Bachelors of Arts, Sociology from Queen’s University (2006) and her Masters of Social Work from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo (2020). She graduated as a member of the National Social Work Honours Society (2019) for academic excellence and was the recipient of the Haseltine T. Clements Memorial Fund Award (2020). Lauren is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Lauren provides human rights and trauma informed individual, couples, and family counselling to children, youth, and adults. She has a passion for solution-focused practice and trauma-specific therapy as a means of addressing a wide range of inter and intra personal issues. Lauren is a level one trained EMDR practitioner trained through EMDRIA.
Erin Lyon

Erin Lyon

MSW, RSW

Erin obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) from Western University (2019), and Master of Social Work from University of Toronto (2021). She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Erin is very passionate about her work with children, teens, families, and adults who have experienced trauma in their childhood. Erin 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.
Taylor Dunlop

Taylor Dunlop

MSW, RSW

Taylor holds a diploma in Mental Health and Addictions Counselling from Fleming College (2012), a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of Windsor (2019), and a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor (2021). She is a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CACCF), as well as a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW).
Rachael Fowler

Rachael Fowler

MSW, RSW

Rachael is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) from the University of Waterloo in (2019) and her Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo (2022).
Mitch Brant

Mitch Brant

MSW, RSW

Mitch obtained his Bachelor of Honors in Catholic Studies and minor in Social Justice and Peace Studies Western University (2019) and his Master of Social Work from Western University (2022).
Kristen Freitas

Kristen Freitas

Kristen is currently on Maternity Leave

Kristen completed the Office Administrative Health Services Program at Lambton College in 2018. She has previous background in the medical field and childhood studies.
Aubany Breyer

Aubany Breyer

Aubany is our first point of contact when reaching out to Southwest Counselling Services. She happily provides clients with understanding and information on our services without judgement. Aubany is passionate about our clients' mental wellbeing and ensures that anyone seeking assistance is treated with respect, given priority and provided with the confidentiality they deserve.