Growing up in Parry Sound I enjoyed the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, the windswept skyline and the amazing autumn colours. I loved the experience of growing up in a small town, surrounded by family and people who cared.
But it wasn't always easy. Along the way, I learned a lot of hard lessons and struggled with a lot of hurts. Life in a northern town can be hard, and I didn't always have somewhere to turn for help, When I did ask for help, it wasn't very helpful. So when I left Parry Sound for University, I was determined to return home and make a difference in people's lives. I was proud to return in 2001 as a manager for mental health services, and raise my family just steps from my childhood home on Mill Lake. I was fulfilling a commitment to make lives better and to help those who were struggling. After nearly ten years, I returned to the city to take on larger challenges, but I never left Muskoka-Parry Sound, and never forgot my commitment to those who live here.
In 2018 I took the helm of Parry Sound Counselling with a commitment to bring big-city resources to small-town living. I believe therapy should be effective, proven and collaborative. People should have choices to get the help that they need, not to settle for what's available. Therefore, I have collaborated with psychiatrists and counsellors and professionals to bring high-quality services right to the doorstep of Parry Sound.
Whether you need access to a psychiatric consult, want counselling from the comfort of your home or cottage, need the most up-to-date and researched therapies, or you just want to talk. We are here.
We are on a mission to provide high quality mental health resources and services for people in Muskoka-Parry Sound.
Our name is a reflection of the area we love Founded in 2016 by Lisa Lanktree, we’ve gone from a small home office to a beautiful health and wellness centre overlooking the peaceful waters of Mill Lake.
Geoff is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who grew up in Muskoka-Parry Sound. He specializes in helping people with mental health, addiction, and trauma.
Monique is a teacher, parent-mentor and Board member with the Waterloo Regional Family Network. Monique specializes in working with families who have special needs children.
Regan is a Counsellor-in-Training studying at Yorkville University. Regan's main interests include addiction, grief, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
McMaster University School of Social Work -
Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling (Motivational Interviewing, Contingency Management, and Matrix Model); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and supervision of CBT for individual and group practice; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training (group and individual);
Narrative and Brief-Solution Focused Treatment Interventions for youth;
Trauma-Informed Care and Traumatic Recovery Interventions;
Crisis Intervention (Telephone, Psychiatric, and Mobile Response) for youth;
Skills for Safer Living (An Innovative Suicide Treatment Program).