Personal Counselling Services 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 four counsellors who are contracted via Morneau Shepell. Personal counselling services are provided in the offices in ST400 (Schmon Tower, 4th Floor).

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 in-person 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 while placing an emphasis on prevention and community capacity building.

Dawn is a Brock University alumni where she graduated with her honours BA. She went on to complete a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where her research focuses on violence & trauma and the development of an arts-based educational tool for front-line workers and practitioners in training.

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.

George Nicolaidi received his undergraduate degree from Brock University. He started working at Children’s Aid Niagara (FACS) as a part time youth worker with emotionally disturbed and delinquent youth while at Brock. He later moved into a full-time career at FACS that lasted for 33 years. During this time he returned to school to obtain his Masters degree. He spent many years at the Regional Adolescent Center which was a 20 bed coed facility, staffed by professional child and youth workers around the clock. The focus was on behaviour management and stabilizing of troubled youth with multiple behavioural, sexual and emotional problems.

He moved into Leadership positions over the years which included; supervising the Regional Adolescent Center, the Satellite treatment foster and group home system comprised of 55 beds. He later became a Child Protection supervisor responsible for the Resource department which included; all foster and group homes with over 700 beds , training, recruitment, placing children, adoption, Adult Protective Services Worker Program, Volunteer department, specialized group treatment of adolescent sexual perpetrators and Child and youth workers

He has been in private practice for over 30 years servicing employee assistance programs in Niagara. His focus was on individual, group and couples counselling. He was also a court assessor for custody and access disputes, an expert witness, and a mediator for separating couples. George has an eclectic client centered approach to counselling and meets clients where they are at.

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Meghan is a genuine and warm-hearted counsellor.  She helps individuals overcome the hurdles they are facing, especially those related to Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Meghan approaches counselling with compassion; aiming to help individuals to feel heard and validated.  Her clients often describe her as caring, compassionate, genuine, and knowledgeable.  Meghan’s intent is to help individuals feel happier, calmer, and more in-control of their emotions and behaviour.

Meghan comes to Brock University with over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, and she has had the opportunity to work in group homes, treatment centers, psychiatric facilities, crisis counselling centers, domestic violence shelters, and educational centers.

After completing her diploma in Child and Youth Counselling, and her undergraduate degree in Youth Work, Meghan completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.  She has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), Trauma Treatment, as well as training in art therapy techniques.

Meghan is excited to help students overcome the struggles they face.  Her solution-focused and strength-based approach helps individuals achieve their goals in direct and meaningful ways.

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.

Morneau Shepell Counsellors

Jenna is a compassionate and empathetic counsellor that is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for working with post-secondary students and as a Brock Alum herself, is very excited to be back in the Brock community. Jenna obtained her undergraduate degree from Brock University in psychology and went on to complete her Masters of Counselling Psychology from Western University. Her past experiences include counselling the student population on a variety of issues at Western University and counselling victims of domestic violence at a community agency in Niagara.

Jenna hopes to provide a non-judgmental, therapeutic environment for her clients where they feel heard and validated. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches in her counselling including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She is very client-centered, solution-focused and is there to assist the client in whatever their goals may be.

Jenna has experience working with a variety of conditions and challenges including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, shame, addictions, sexual violence, LGBTQ+, grief and trauma. She approaches each of these concerns with empathy, kindness and a non-judgmental attitude.

Jenna is dedicated to helping clients be the best versions of themselves and encourages you to make an appointment if you find yourself struggling or feeling down.

Karen Wiersma is a native of Niagara who is warm, compassionate and empathetic. She is a personal counsellor who is excited by the energy of being on campus and looks forward to meeting you. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and has experience working with diverse populations in both North America and abroad including mental health, domestic violence, children and families, the elderly, poverty, etc.

Karen 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.

Karen is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Karen is friendly and naturally curious about people, languages, cultures, spirituality, and the way that these elements affect daily living and relationships. Karen has a Christian background and understands the potential impact that spirituality of all kinds can have on the lives of students and the community. She aims to approach everyone in an open and non-judgmental manner in order to help them achieve their goals.

Students speak with counsellors for a wide variety of reasons, which include mental health concerns (depression/anxiety), family/friends/relationship struggles, sexual health and wellness, adjustment to life changes, coping strategies, trauma, LGBTQ+, grief/loss, etc. If you find yourself in need of someone to talk to, Karen encourages you to make an appointment with one of our counsellors, or stop by the 4th floor reception and say hello.

Michelle is a compassionate, dedicated and enthusiastic individual who is committed to client centered care. She holds a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor, an honours Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo with a major in Social Development Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and sits on the board of directors for the Ontario Association of Social Workers Niagara Branch.

She comes to Brock University with a strong background working in mental health and is an advocate for community issues such as poverty and homelessness in the Niagara Region. Michelle provides non-judgmental counselling to individuals, couples and families using a strengths based, compassionate approach. She is experienced using a variety of clinical approaches including solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma informed therapy and crisis planning.

Michelle empowers clients to work through depression, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, addictions, relationship conflicts, and other life stressors.

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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 x3054