Welcome to

Creative Counselling

A notice from Journey in Balance

Journey in Balance offers both in-person (with Covid protocols) and virtual sessions. We are currently full and are accepting potential clients on our waiting list.

Journey in Balance

Your path to understanding and healing begins here.

Our team at Journey in Balance offers counselling services to children, adolescents and adults in Peterborough, Ontario. We bring a caring non-judgemental approach, witness, and guide you on your journey to wellness.

We offer:

Compassionate Counselling

We are Registered Social Workers who bring both an anti-oppressive lens and a commitment to the process of change.

A Child Friendly Approach

We work with children and youth and use therapeutic and play-based techniques to address anxiety, worry, fear, and the impact of stress and depression.

Safe Space for LGBTQ+

We believe all people have a right to grow, develop and love in a caring and supportive environment. We feel grateful to support LGBTQ+ individuals from childhood to adult life.

Trauma and Grief Informed Approach

Loss, grief and trauma are individual and unique experiences. We recognize that your journey is your own at your pace. We also have extensive experience and training in loss, bereavement and trauma.

Let's talk about

Our Service Offerings

Virtual Counselling

LGBTQ+ Youth

Child Counselling

Trauma and Grief Counselling

Anxiety & Depression

LGBTQ+ Youth

Child Counselling

Trauma and Grief Counselling

Our Philosophy

Caring, compassionate and responsive. 

We use an anti-oppressive, trauma responsive and feminist lens to support our work. We witness, provide information and guide you on your journey. What that means is that we believe that you have the knowledge and are the expert of your life.

Learn more about us!

Meet Debra (she/her/hers)

Registered Social Worker

Debra has worked as a social worker and counsellor with adults and children for over 25 years. 

Debra is passionate about the importance of compassion, human connection, relationships and strength-based approaches to promote healing and personal growth.  Her approach is attachment and trauma-informed, and uses evidence-based concepts drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing & more.

She has supported people with mental health and addiction, foster parents, adopters and adult survivors of childhood abuse and domestic abuse. She specializes in Anxiety in Children. She is experienced in helping adults and children to understand and manage anxiety, chronic stress, process guilt and shame arising from trauma, and work through grief and loss.


  • BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Applied Social Sciences with Qualification in Social Work at Northumbria University
  • Post Qualifying Award in Social Work through the British Association of Adoption and Fostering. 
  • MA in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, focusing her research on Canadian social policy, child welfare and adoption.

Meet Suzanne (she/her/hers)

Registered Social Worker

Suzanne has been journeying with Children, Youth and Adults for over 30 years. Working with parents to understand and co-create solutions is important to a child's sense of self. She brings 'compassionate curiosity'; coupled with a calling to help people understand their experiences of anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma.

From working and teaching in Early Childhood Education, she became drawn to understand the layers and complexities of life that impact children and individuals. She completed a Bachelor in Social Work with Honors from Carleton University in 2008. Work experience includes Children’s Mental Health, Violence against Women sector, and Addiction.

Suzanne utilizes an eclectic person-centred skill set drawn from a creative arts background, talk therapy and play-based activities. Using an anti-oppressive and strengths-based approach informed by attachment theory, narrative therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.  Suzanne has completed Clinical Traumatolgist coursework through the Traumatology Institute. 

Our Office


What if my child is unsure about counselling?

Great question. It is understandable that they might be unsure to meet someone new to share worries and concerns. That’s why we encourage families to visit our space with their child prior to the first session. This helps with building relationship, feelings of trust and safety. There is no cost for this visit.

Let's also talk about confidentiality. If your child is 12 or older, they are their own client. They can sign their own consents. We endeavour to involve family and ask permission about what can be shared with parents as a helpful part of therapy. We have limits to confidentiality: if a person is at risk of hurting themselves, someone else or someone is hurting them. Or if our records are subpoenaed.

Can parents attend the counselling session with their child?

Another great question. There really isn’t a set answer for this. We take the child’s lead on this. Some children want their parents with them and can do the counselling work readily with their parents in the room. Other children and youth may want time alone or a combination of being alone and time with parents. We work with the family as a system, and within the bounds of client confidentiality to move towards healthy change and understanding.

Do you work with Trans Youth, or Questioning Individuals?

As Allies, we are committed to being open, sensitive and affirming. We have experience working with youth as well as individual work with parents of LGTBQ -2, or questioning youth.

What are your fees?

We charge 130.00 an hour or 65.00 for 30 minutes.

Are you covered by benefits?

Some benefit packages do cover us. We do not direct bill. Please check with your provider to see if a Registered Social Worker is covered in your benefits. It’s tough to begin the counselling work and have this become a barrier.

Do you offer couples counselling & family counselling?

We specialize in working with children, youth and individual work with adults. Trauma, grief, loss. anxiety and depression are our areas of focus.

Will you work with my doctor or other professionals?

Yes… we love being part of a team with written consent.

Get in Touch!

If you feel ready to take the next steps and schedule a consultation with us, please fill out this form & we will get back to you shortly!

Contact Us:

  • 311 George St N, Unit 203

    Peterborough, ON

    K9J 3H3