Team of Professionals

Deborah Alton

Deborah Alton (B.A., N.L.P., M.A.C.P., R.P.) is a registered psychotherapist and has been providing psychotherapy and mediation for over 30 years to adults, couples, adolescents and families.  She also spent 15 years in the social service sector working with troubled adults and youth as a probation officer. Deborah was an associate for many years at the well known Yonge/Lawrence Centre of Counseling and Consulting in Toronto.  Deborah relocated to Barrie and created the Reflection Centre in 2004.  Deborah is passionate about her work with families, which is evident in the results achieved by her clients.

Deborah is a member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and is on the board of the Simcoe Collaborative Law Association.  She has completed training with Dr. Barbara Fidler and Dr. Shely Polak around Foundations of Parenting Coordination and Children Resisting Post-Separation Contact. She provides Couples Therapy as well as Divorce/Family Coaching. She is committed to assisting couples and co-parents towards a decision making process that  is 'win-win' and she provides a safe environment to explore change.  Deborah guides her clients towards removing the barriers to love's presence, and empowers them to live their lives at their FULL potential. She is a passionate public speaker, teaching groups, teams, and corporations how to effect positive change and transformation. Deborah is a co-author, and workshop/group facilitator.

Elyse Ayliffe

Elyse Ayliffe (B.S.W., M.S.W. (cand)., R.S.W) is a registered social worker and has been providing counselling at the Reflection Centre since 2014. She a compassionate professional who provides counselling and therapy services to families, adolescents, and adults. Elyse has experience in mental health, relationship issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, family/couple conflict, managing emotions, flexible thinking, coping skills, and life coaching. If you are looking for support and guidance through challenging situations or you are just ready to make some changes in your life, She looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals.      

Elyse has completed her Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree and is currently completing her Masters in Social Work. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Work. Elyse is a certified New Ways for Families coach and help guide families to learn how to manage their emotions and bring flexible thinking to problem-solving.


Dave MacQuarrie

Dave MacQuarrie (M.D., Ph.D) is a retired physician with a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science and extensive training in Gestalt Therapy and NeuroLinguistic Programming.  He is currently completing a PhD at Wisdom University ( on psychological issues related to climate change.  Much of his work consists of exploring anger and grief.  Dave Is an NLP Practitioner and NLP Coach.  He is also an International Laughter Leader in laughter yoga. Dave is no longer funded under OHIP as he has retired his medical licence.  He has been the Consultant Physician (Anger Management) to Bellwood Health Services in Toronto.  His book "Blowing Out the Darkness--The Management of Emotional Life Issues, especially Anger and Rage" is available from Amazon or from

 Cindy McAfee

Cindy McAfee (R.S.S.W) is a graduate of the Social Service Worker Program and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.  She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is experienced in group and individual counseling.  Cindy has 13 years experience working with clients dealing with addictions to alcohol and drugs.  She has facilitated groups in Barrie and works as an addiction specialist at the Reflection Centre.  She also works at identifying and resolving a range of difficulties using a strength based perspective to empower her clients to live life to the fullest.  Currently, Cindy co-facilitates women's and mixed groups at the Reflection Centre, empowering others to maximize their own potential and strengthen their relationships.

Laura Pageau

Laura Pageau (M.A.C.P., N.L.P) has trained in Psychotherapy and is a Certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. She has a Masters in Counseling and Psychology. Passionate about working in the healing field, Laura offers a unique blend of loving presence, genuine curiosity and compassion in the counseling relationship. Together with the client, Laura allows the unfolding of the process to occur at the clients' pace, which leaves room for the agenda to change and evolve along the way. Laura works both in Barrie and our Lambton  Centre and has experience utilizing a variety of counseling interventions, including short-term goal focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, motivational and strength-based therapies. A direct link to the Lambton Centre is

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