Personal Counselling staff directory

For a full listing of Personal Counselling Services staff, please visit the Brock University directory. More contact information and hours of operation can be found on our contact page.

All of our counsellors are professionals with a minimum of a Masters degree or equivalent in counselling and a minimum of ten years experience. They are very familiar with the wide range of issues that can impact a student’s academic performance and quality of life. We have both in-house Brock staff and counsellors who are contracted via LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell).

Make an Appointment

Booking an appointment is easy and can be done 24/7. Simply call 1-833-276-2533 (1-833-BROCK33) to schedule an appointment.

Brock counsellors

Dawn is a warm and compassionate practitioner who values genuine connection with others. She comes to Brock with over 20 years of experience in community mental health and social development, having focused her training & practice expertise in the areas of trauma, stress & anxiety, gender & sexual diversity, and working with individuals and communities who have been marginalized. Dawn works from an anti-oppression framework and is experienced in many therapeutic modalities and community capacity building.

Dawn’s academic studies include Counselling Psychology, Women’s & Gender studies, Adult Education and Community Development. Her research has focused on structural and systemic violence, oppression & trauma.

Dawn is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is also a Certified EMDR therapist and Clinical Supervisor.

Nisha comes to Brock university with a diverse background in the arts and human sciences spanning over 15 years of service to individuals and groups in rural communities, schools and international organizations. She draws on various therapeutic modalities including but not limited to trauma therapy, EMDR, Narrative, Guided mindfulness practice, Gestalt, Art, Somatic, and Emotion Focused Therapy. She is formally trained as an educator and counsellor with a background in social work, currently registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of the Human Rights and Social Justice committee with the Canadian Psychological Association.

She is fascinated by science behind the mind, body and spirit, resiliency factors, the positive impact of mindfulness, Indigenous healing practices, and nature as medicine. Beyond her role as Counsellor, Nisha is a Reiki Master, Indie Author, Spanish and French learner followed by her Mother tongue of Gujarati, a PhD student and humanitarian at heart. Most importantly she is here for you as you navigate student life and is honoured to help you find meaning for success and happiness. She sends you inner strength and guidance so life doesn’t badger you down.

Suzanne is a caring, considerate and understanding psychotherapist. She enjoys working with students, getting to know them and tends to focus on their strengths (what “works” rather than what is “broken”). Suzanne has been known to empower students to achieve their desired outcomes and create positive change.

Suzanne has been counselling individuals, couples and families for 20 years. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Suzanne has a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy and is highly skilled in psychotherapy treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Relational Life Therapy (RLT) and Gestalt Therapy.

Suzanne takes great pride and joy in helping students who are struggling emotionally, relationally or mentally with life’s challenges. Her hope is to co-create a plan for each individual student so they can achieve their goals and live a fulfilling life.

Hi everyone, and thanks for clicking on my bio. My name is Tyler and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist – Qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I’ve been working in the mental health and addictions sector in several different positions for the past decade. My style of therapy that I use is the ‘Whatever it Takes’ theory – which is an actual thing believe it or not… where I’ll do everything I can to support someone.

When it comes to modalities that inspire me in the ‘whatever it takes’ approach, I use Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) the most. But I am always challenging myself to grow and develop other methods to support individuals, regardless of where the person is at.

I’m also a proud Brock graduate where I graduated with my Psychology Degree (Ba ’17) and have been using my degree to support people from a variety of different backgrounds. I’m passionate about helping people with a variety of different challenges ranging from trauma, brain injury, emotional challenges, flashbacks, 2SLGBTQIA+ community challenges, and other diverse or minority populations.

If you see me around campus, please feel free to say, ‘hi’ – I’m the really tall counsellor who is usually in the really colourful shirt.

Take good care Badgers.

LifeWorks counsellors (formerly Morneau Shepell)

Anitha is a strong believer in the uniqueness of individuals as well their ability to change their life circumstances. She has completed Master’s degree in Social Work from India and Canadian Social Work Practice Certificate from Ryerson University. She has experience working with teens and families as well women survivors of domestic violence in India and diverse populations in Canada. She is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

She provides a safe and supportive environment for students to share their concerns and explore their possibilities. She works from a strength-based approach to support the students to overcome their challenges, identify their potentials, and accomplish their goals.

Karen (Kay) is warm, compassionate and empathetic. She is excited and energized while working with students and looks forward to meeting you, whether in-person or virtually. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and has experience with diverse populations in Canada, United States and Africa.  Kay has worked with individuals and families to develop coping strategies in the areas of holistic mental health/wellness, domestic/family violence, grief/loss/life transitions, poverty & generational cycles, LGBTQIA+, and trauma, and has worked with all ages from infants to seniors.

Kay aims to assist students to be their most successful selves, however they choose to define success. She takes a strengths-based, holistic and collaborative approach to counselling, focusing on the whole person and empowering students to realize their potential in many areas of life and academics.

Kay is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is friendly and naturally curious about people, languages, cultures, spirituality, and the way that these elements can affect daily living, academics and relationships.  She aims to approach everyone in an open and non-judgmental manner in order to help them achieve their goals.

FocusIndividual Counselling for adults and youth for Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Assault, Accident, Injury, Addictions and other Mental Health concerns

Treatment Approaches:

  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness

For 9 years I have worked with individuals on a wide variety of issues including communication breakdown, trauma, abuse, accident, injury, addictions, depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.

I understand that change is difficult, and it is hard to take the first step in seeking out support. I know it takes courage to start this process. I offer a safe, private, confidential environment to explore what you want your life to look like and to help you get there. Reaching out is hard work, but the reward is a more satisfying you.

As a Personal Counsellor I use a strength-based, client focused approach and a variety of evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Brief Solution Focused Therapy to help you live your best life. I work to empower my clients to realize the positive changes they seek.

“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung  


I am a registered social worker with over two decades of experience working as a social worker, teacher, and clinician with clients and students of all ages. I offer a safe and non-judgmental environment to work on various personal challenges.

Having lived and worked in many different countries and cultures including Nigeria, Egypt, and the United States, I have experience and comfort working alongside folks from all different backgrounds, faiths, and orientations. I meet clients where they are. I strongly believe in creating a trusting working alliance with my clients to collaboratively cultivate progress and personal growth, supporting the client to equip themselves with additional tools of resilience.

At Brock University, I practice short-term, solution-focused therapy and help my clients focus on clear and realistic results. I adhere to an adaptive, client-centered treatment plan determined by individual needs and goals.

Asking for help can be difficult. By doing so, you are taking a step towards caring for yourself, and creating positive change in your life.

CASON - Community Addiction Services of Niagara (on campus)

Tiffany is a highly motivated, dedicated and compassionate individual who is committed to understanding and supporting the needs of her clients. She takes a strengths-based, holistic and collaborative approach to counselling, focusing on the whole person and empowering her clients in all areas of their life. She is a Brock University Alum, who graduated with a Bachelors of Arts, Majoring in Psychology and also holds a Master’s Degree in Social work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Throughout her academic and professional pursuits, she has gained experience and sensitivity in working with marginalized populations within a client-centered, non-judgmental & trauma-informed approach.

Tiffany comes on campus with over 8 years of experience in the field of Substance Use and Mental Health. She possesses expertise in working individuals and families, as well as sound clinical competency in utilizing a variety of interventions including, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Tiffany focuses on meeting the client where they are at and works with clients to overcome the challenges they are experiencing. Additionally, Tiffany offers extensive experience in group facilitation along with program development and seminar based education.

Tiffany is available on campus Wednesday and Thursdays from 10:30am-4:30pm.


905-684-1183 Ext. 252

Other staff

Director, Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre

Sarah Pennisi:

Manager, Personal Counselling and Student Health Services

Mehroon Kassam: