Happy Home!


  • Struggling with your family history?

  • Disconnected from the people you love? 

       (family, friends, co-workers...)

  • Looking for answers to handle challenges in life?

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-in Person or Online-

I will listen to your interpretation of the problems and work together with you to find answers. We take a closer look at the interaction between you and the people surrounding you and we may take a step back in your family history to be able to solve problems. ​   


Look for answers in the past to enjoy life in the future   

Loving Caring   

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Happy Home!


  • Struggling with parenting?

       (biological-, adoptive-, foster children) 

  • Disconnected from your child? 

  • Looking for answers to handle your child's problematic behaviour or psychiatric diagnosis? 

Contact Me 

Free Intake
-in Person or Online-

I will listen to your interpretation of the problems and work together with you to find answers. We take a closer look at the interaction between you and your child and we may take a step back in your (child's)

family history to be able to solve problems. ​   

Look for answers in the past to enjoy life in the future      Loving Caring

(Foster) Parents and Children

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My Motto: Happy Home!

If parents dare to live, children will follow

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Sometimes we feel lost, but we are in control. Be in charge of your own life, not out of fear, but out of love. 

Your path is unique. 

Dare to live!


Curriculum Vitae
I started my career in Cultural Social Work in the Netherlands as a placement student providing debt assistance and psychosocial counseling. After I graduated for my Bachelor Degree, I assessed children with Psychiatric Disorders and Somatic disabilities and I worked in Foster Care and Child Protection Services. I accomplished my placement (Master of Science) at the Child Protection Services as well and completed my Basic Assessment and Diagnostics Skills (NOTE: I am not Licensed to provide Diagnoses). During this period my husband and I joined the family partnership and I became a part-time farmer as well. In my job as a protection worker I had the opportunity to do research along my clinical work and my interests for research and teaching were growing. I became a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam in Educational Sciences, specialty Forensic Child and Youth care, for the Bachelor and Master degree and I lectured at the NHL Universities for the Bachelor Social Work. During this period I started my own company Loving Caring Advice and Research in the Netherlands and participated in the network Jeugd Advies Noord (Youth Advice North) for self-employed professionals. My PhD program started in 2017 and ended in 2021 (termination of own choice). I worked together with the Highland Shores Children's Aid Services in Belleville on my
 project "Meet the Parents", about parents' (traumatic) intrusive life events in relationship to child safety and the quality of the work relationship with their protection worker. Since December 2018 I opened the doors of my Mental Care Practice in Renfrew and in 2020 I became a part-time farmer in Canada as well. 

Canadian Recognition

The University of Toronto assessed my European Master of Science awarded at the University of Amsterdam and reported that the degree is from a recognized University (June 27, 2018). I am a General member at the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists OACCPP. The CASW confirmed that my qualifications are equivalent to a Canadian Master of Social Work Degree (May 24, 2019), and my registration number at the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service is Workers OCSWSSW is 833525 (July 10, 2019). 


  • Health Insurance / Benefits plan 

  • Indigenous Services Canada: First Nations and Inuit Branch / Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP)

  • Medavie Blue Cross: Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) / Veterans Affaires Canada (VAC)

  • Ontario Works / Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)


I grew up on a farm in the northern province Fryslân in the Netherlands. With my husband Klaas and daughter Ilsa I immigrated in March 2017 from the Netherlands to Renfrew Ontario. Our son Nick and daughter Maria are born in Canada. I love nature, animals, hiking, theater, music, crafting/crocheting and the best of all I love to be a Happy Family! 


Johanna Bakker BSW, MSc, RSW
Registered Social Worker  
Forensic Child and Youth care Scientist


Born: 13 December 1984, Sneek the Netherlands

Married: 17 June 2004, Klaas de Vries

Children: Ilsa 22 June 2014 - Nick 13 January 2018 - Maria 19 September 2020







Parenting Practice Loving Caring provides mental health care for adults, children and teens with or without psychiatric diagnoses. ​

You can find me in the therapist listing, hereby an overview of the services available: 


Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment, Bereavement, Behavioural Issues, Bullying, Career Counselling, Child Therapy, Couples,Depression, Disability, Drugs/ Substance Use, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Problems, Financial Stress, Learning Development, Life Skills, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relationships, Self-harm, Sexuality, Self Confidence, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Problems, Stress, Suicide, Workplace Stress 

The series THIS IS US help me to explain that problems in child- or adulthood can be diagnosed, but they do not arise 'just like that'. I will look together with you where they come from and focus hereby on attachment, parenting style, present relationship(s) and temperament. To find the answers, we will peek in the past how your own and your parents' childhood looked like. If you understand where the problems come from, you are able to solve them, with support from the people surround you. If you experience no support, I will support you to mobilize people. 

I recommend to scroll down and watch the (real life) story of actor Kate and the character Kevin. You will find extra reading material in my blogs and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

If you're not familiar with THIS IS US you can watch the trailer (+/-3 min) This video is not appropriate for children. Age rating 14+ (expert review common sense media) .

note: if you are curious why I didn't use Randall (Kate and Kevin's brother) his story. Kate and Kevin struggled to face their own life. Randall dared to live, even after his panic attack. He knew where to look to find his answers, his wife supported him, and their children followed.



Kate her story

This is actually actor Chrissy her real life story (i.e. difficult childhood - neglect and abuse, struggle with weight, divorce, serious financial problems). Chrissy gives her answers how she becomes the woman she wants to be. 

It's time to enjoy the video (+/- 5 min)


Kevin his story

This is Kevin his story in the series THIS IS US (i.e. struggling with family history, dis-connected from the people he loves, looking for answers to handle challenges in life). The character Kevin shows his answers how he became the person he wants to be.


It's time to enjoy the video (+/- 1.30 min)


Get in touch 

239 Raglan St. S

Renfrew, ON

K7V 1R3, Canada

Phone: +1 (613) 312 9608 (free audio call via FaceTime or What's-app)
Email: mentalcare@practicelovingcaring.info

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