Karen McLennan

Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW


Contact Info

Roca Counselling
(Based in the Barrie area)

Virtually only – Across Ontario
Does not accept work from a Workplace Injury Board or equivalent

Phone: 705-812-9929
Email: Rocacounselling@gmail.com
Website: Rocacounselling.com

I have worked in the field of Social Work for over three decades, and to this day I remain both honoured and humbled to bear witness to people’s journeys toward optimum wellness. From the time I was a little girl, I have believed strongly in the power of talk therapy, as it always seemed to me that by finding a safe and supportive way in which we might give voice to our inner world we may then be in a better position to manage our outer world. I feel truly grateful to have followed my heart and passion into this field, and my commitment to providing that “safe space” in which people might be able to work towards improved well-being remains unwavering.

Over the course of my career, I have worked extensively with individuals, couples, and families experiencing a variety of challenges, and I have had countless trainings in the areas of grief and loss, trauma recovery, attachment dynamics, relationships, parenting, adoption, and mental health. I believe that genuine empathy and active engagement form the pillars of therapeutic connections, and it is through these lenses that I partner with individuals to assist in guiding them through life’s various stressors, losses, and traumas, always with the goal of fostering healing and resilience. I have also had the great privilege of working as an Adoption Practitioner since 1997, and I continue to work with birth and adoptive families alike in navigating such areas as healthy identity formation, community-building, and “therapeutic parenting”. I see us each as existing within all of the various systems that make up our lives, and as such my therapeutic approach is consistently via a holistic lens.

As Social Work evolves, I remain firmly dedicated to ongoing innovation and learning to help to ensure that I might meet my various clients’ dynamic needs, as I believe that continued Professional Development is critical to therapeutic integrity. That being said, I have had the same three quotes hanging in my office for over 20 years, and they are as powerful and true to me today as ever. These are: “Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes”, “Protect Your Peace”, and “That is Not My Energy to Hold”.

As we each navigate our way through this journey of life, I firmly believe that it is important that we recognize that we do not have to struggle alone, and that by finding a safe place in which to give voice to our inner world we might perhaps ultimately positively influence our outer world.

It would be my honour to speak with you and I invite you to a free 15 minute consultation at roca.janeapp.com

Therapists by province / territory


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.