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.

Our in house therapists are professionals with a minimum of a Masters degree or equivalent in psychotherapy and are all trauma informed with a minimum of ten years experience. To see one of the in house therapists you need a referral from a physician or LW counsellors. General counselling is provided via LW counsellors.

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.

Erika is a caring, friendly and genuine clinician. She works from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens that focuses on the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship to provide safety, choice and empowerment.

Erika is a psychotherapist and registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Erika holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and in Human Rights and Equity Studies.

Erika takes a comprehensive approach to therapy and uses a mix of various modalities, including Eye Movement-Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and crisis de-escalation.

Erika offers a safe space for individuals to feel supported and validated. Her goal is to work collaboratively with you to help you process difficult emotions, see different perspectives, create goals, and build resiliency and confidence that you can take into all areas of your life.

Sarah’s therapeutic approach is rooted in acceptance, validation, and compassion. She provides students with the kindness and care they have been searching for! Sarah focuses on providing an atmosphere of safety and support that is welcoming and warm.

Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree; majoring in Psychology and minoring in Family and Child Studies. Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist and active member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).  She is also an active member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP), and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP).

Trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-based, and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Sarah uses evidenced-based clinical techniques that are individually tailored to help you learn healthy ways of coping where transformation can begin.

Sarah believes you are the expert on you and will guide you towards your life goals by offering insight and kindness. Such kindness allows her to be real, authentic, and genuine with you. It is through her own life experiences and adversities that Sarah has developed a compassionate curiosity about others. This curiosity has sparked her passion for developing meaningful connections and advocating for student mental health. In sessions, Sarah believes in emphasizing the therapeutic relationship and using your collective alliance to evoke transformation. As you partner together, you will feel heard and seen while you face your present concerns and begin to live a fulfilling life!

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.

Suzanne is also a clinical supervisor for students working on their practicum.

LifeWorks counsellors (formerly Morneau Shepell)

April is a compassionate, patient, and kind-hearted counselor. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and has experience with diverse populations in Canada and China. With professional training and practice, she is skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Couple Therapy (Certified Gottman Therapist). Also, she can provide counseling services in both Mandarin and English.

April is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is helping individuals and families to overcome difficulties and issues, such as mental health wellness, homesick, life transitions, PTSD, and academic/ career issues. She is a great listener to be with you and talk about your feelings and thoughts.

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.

Shelley is a compassionate, seasoned counsellor. She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology as well as a B.A. in Psychology and a Social Service Worker Diploma. She has professional Certified Canadian Counsellor designation through the CCPA and is a member in good standing with the OCSWSSW. She has worked with many populations including youth, adults and seniors, persons with disabilities, persons with life-limiting illnesses, culturally and spiritually diverse, couples and families. Shelley is skilled in several therapeutic modalities and utilizes a personalized, best fit approach based on individual needs. She takes a holistic approach to therapy and incorporates techniques that nurture the body, mind and soul. Shelley’s 20+ year career has included employment counselling, rehabilitative counselling, life transitions therapy, caregiver and patient support, traumatic life events processing, grief and bereavement therapies. She is a lifelong resident of Niagara and has established, strong ties to her community. Shelley completed her undergraduate degree at Brock University and is proud to be part of the team providing support to its current students.

CASON - Community Addiction Services of Niagara (on campus)

Mehek is an empathetic and warm individual who possesses strong therapeutic rapport. She ensures that her clients feel safe, respected, and heard. She focuses on a client-centered care approach and creates a therapeutic relationship while working with her clients, allowing them to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and fears.

Mehek brings five years of professional experience working with children, youth, and families in the Mental Health field. She is a Western University Alum, with an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology. While working with clients, Mehek utilizes mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches, and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) approaches.

In the midst of providing support and therapy to clients, Mehek seeks to find hope, joy, and humor – and a renewed enthusiasm for life. Mehek also encourages her clients to pursue a holistic approach to health, incorporating exercise, proper sleep and nutrition, spiritual practices, and activities they enjoy, while assisting and supporting her clients to be the author of their own lives to achieve their goals.


Other staff

Director, Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre

Sarah Pennisi:

Manager, Personal Counselling and Student Health Services

Mehroon Kassam: