About Erin Barr
Erin Barr (she-her) is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 16 years of experience. She completed her Master’s of Therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago and has since worked in Canada over the past 14 years with a variety of organizations.
Erin works closely with both adults and youth (5 and up) and offers counselling for individuals, parents, and families. She has an abundance of experience working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and trauma. Erin is extremely warm and down-to-earth with clients. She draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches including specialized training in Trauma Informed Therapy, DBT, Narrative Therapy, and Art Therapy.
Diversity and equity within all spaces is a passion of Erin’s. She actively seeks opportunities to develop knowledge and skills to support conversations with people who have experienced oppression and discrimination in a safe, open, and collaborative way.
For the past 12 years, Erin has helped Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth, and families dealing with mental health issues through the PAH program in Milton, Ontario. As a Child and Family Therapist, she provided individual, family and group therapy using a strengths-based perspective. At New Leaf Psychology Centre in Milton, she also facilitated Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) educational and support groups for parents whose children were in a DBT program.
Erin is a strong advocate of survivors of sexual trauma. She provides a safe place to process the sadness, anger, and shame that survivors often struggle with while also helping them rebuild trusting relationships in their lives. Having directly attended court hearings as a support to survivors, Erin understands the challenges and courage it takes to speak out about sexual violence. Erin started her career as a sexual assault counselor at the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault in Illinois. There, she helped survivors 3 to 18 years of age recover from the impacts of sexual trauma. After moving to Canada, Erin continued to help adult survivors of sexual trauma at the Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services in Simcoe, Ontario.
Erin also enjoys collaborating with parents and youth around other issues such as behavioural challenges, difficulties attending school, and mental health concerns. Erin draws from her own experience as a parent of two young children. She appreciates how parents can feel disempowered, confused, and judged while trying to do their best to support their children through difficult times. She understands how parents can struggle with their own histories of trauma or mental health and how this can sometimes get in the way of being the parent they would like to be. Thanks to her personal and professional experience, Erin validates and encourages parents to trust in themselves and find ways to make their own well-being a priority.
When she’s not in the office, Erin is a self-proclaimed home body who happens to also enjoy travelling with her husband of 13 years and her two children. What truly brings her joy are times with family, snuggling with her feline furry babies, and taking long walks whenever time allows. She enjoys running (in warm weather only), baking, and reading. Her creative outlet currently is making on-line photobooks of all her travels and family events.