Welcome to Southern Ontario Counselling Centre
"A country setting for your counselling needs"
Southern Ontario Counselling Centre (SOCC) has been located in the quiet village of St. Agatha since 1987. Located just a few minutes west of Waterloo, we are easily accessible from Kitchener, Cambridge, Stratford, Guelph, Elora, Elmira, Woodstock and surrounding areas. As a group of professionally accredited therapists, we provide individual, couple, family and group therapy. We believe that personal growth involves finding new ways to understand and cope with past and present pain. We support you in finding the therapist whom you feel is best suited to help you meet your goals.
Safe, private and inviting Space
Our professional associates respond promptly and confidentially
We are committed to Compassionate and skilled support for all of life's stages and challenges
our therapists are trained in a wide variety of counselling modalities and specialities
Counselling Types and approaches
Learn more about our Practice
Our therapists have a wide variety of skills, in an equally wide variety of areas. Learn more about our therapeutic approaches below or by visiting our How We Work section
People seek therapy for many reasons, from coping with major life challenges or transitions, dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge and awareness.
Relationship counselling is a great resource to resolve conflict, heal wounds and have better communication. All of our relationships, whether with life partner, a parent or a child require attention at times. The health of our relationships can be improved through guidance by a relationship specialist.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Therapy can assist children and adolescents to reduce stress and distress, develop skills to cope with difficult situations and identify people in their life that can provide support, such as friends, teachers and grandparents.
Sex therapy can be utilized by individuals and couples wanting to resolve challenges of a sexual or intimate nature.
Meet our Therapists
We are a welcoming group, who respect all individuals, couples and families in need of clinical therapeutic support. We believe it is important to find a therapist who is professional and trustworthy and with whom you feel comfortable.
Learn more about our therapists by reading their extended profiles on the Staff Directory page.
Anna Gold, MSW, RSW, Director, IMAGO therapist
Lisa Aldworth, MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist
Esanju Bonga, M.Ed., CCC-Q
Jess Crowe, MSW, RSW
Kendra Hollidge, MSW, RSW (on Maternity Leave)
Amanda Pfaff, MSW, RSW
Shelley Read, MSW, RSW, Therapist
Sherrie Steinberg, MSW, RSW
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LATEST BLOG POSTS
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Do you ever find yourself stuck…… in vicious cycles of unhealthy thought patterns, emotions or behaviours? Maybe Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help. What is it? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often referred to as CBT, focuses on working collaboratively with a therapist to discover negative patterns of thinking in response to situations. These negative thoughts in turn create emotions.[…]
Jess Crowe discusses menopause and shares advice for helping women coping with the symptoms of menopause in a recent interview on CTV News. In this interview, Jess also discusses an upcoming workshop series called Thriving through Menopause, taking place at the Southern Ontario Counselling Centre.
While we often poke fun of menopause and the women who are experiencing it, there are many challenges to be faced. Menopause is a natural phase of a woman’s aging process. Peri-menopause is the time approaching menopause and often when the most challenging changes are noticed. The physical changes that women may experience are generally better[…]
by Shelley Read, MSW, RSW When a person losses a loved one to death, there is closure. Your loved one has passed away and you begin the mourning process. You grieve. Friends and family recognize and understand your loss and offer support. Your grief and feelings of loss continue, but after a time these feelings[…]
Watch Anna Gold, Director of SOCC, talk about respecting New Year’s resolutions.
Watch Anna Gold, Director of SOCC, talk about surviving the empty nest once all of your children leave home.
By Anna Gold, M.S.W, R.S.W Have you ever had the amazing, or perhaps bizarre, experience of watching stage hypnosis? Members of an audience are suddenly able to do any number of ridiculous things, including singing tunes, telling strangers they love them, or making animal sounds. Presto, with the clap of a hand, they are released from their trance! While[…]
By Neil Lackey, RFMT, BESTCO As a teenager, I didn’t want to think that being sexual was anything my parents, or even worse, my grandparents might think about, much less do. Now, in mid-life I heartily agree with Wendy Maltz who says, “Healthy sexuality can last a life-time.” It is true that expressing ourselves sexually will likely change[…]
By Neil Lackey, RFMT, BESTCO Skin is our largest sense organ, alerting us to changes in temperature, pleasure and pain. The textures of food, touch of fabric, warmth of another’s hand in our own; each communicates unique and special meaning. Touch has been shown to be essential to healthy development of infants and when deprived of touch, baby[…]
By Mavis Kerr, RFMT As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I frequently work with couples in conflict. Often, each partner believes that he or she is giving more to the relationship than the other half of the couple. One often complains that the relationship does not “feel” like it is 50/50. I am usually met[…]