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 counsellors who are contracted via 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 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.

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.

Nisha has lived and worked in 5 of the 7 continents teaching English, supervising UN projects and gathering intercultural wisdom to share with students. She continues to learn Spanish and French following her Mother tongue of Gujarati. Nisha comes to Brock as a Counsellor with a background in social work from Ryerson University, a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from Western Ontario, and over a decade of work and training in human services. She draws on various therapeutic modalities including but not limited to EMDR, Guided mindfulness practices, Gestalt Art, somatic experiencing, and emotion focused therapy.

Nisha has worked with communities, organizations and people who reflect diversity in nature. She is fascinated by science behind the mind, body and spirit, resiliency factors, the positive impact of mindfulness, indigenous healing practices, global inequities, gender studies and higher learning opportunities. She has dedicated her work experiences to personal and professional growth that helps her support people through their life bumps. She is most successful when her students begin to experience school and work life with joy, purpose, and/or resources; and is fully confident in this potential for growth.

In her spare time you can find Nisha dabbling in acrylic art forms, traditional dance practice, creative writing or catching the sun until she has recharged her soul. She is a proud Aunt, Reiki Master, learner and helper. Her future plans include the start of a PhD in Psychology or Global Development, opening a living wellness centre, and anything else in between that is helpful for future generations. She wishes you well on your endeavours.

Morneau Shepell Counsellors

Jesse is an empathetic, driven and approachable individual who is committed to helping the Client develop tools to strengthen their mental wellbeing. He earned his masters degree in Social Work from Millersville University, and Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Major in Social Work from Lancaster Bible College both located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While in studying his undergrad Jesse played NCAA Division III Men’s College Soccer.

Jesse is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

He comes to Brock University with experience working with Secondary and Post Secondary Students as well as working with diverse populations such as refugee, LGBTQ, homeless and chronic mental health. Jesse has developed an understanding that everyone has an identify of self which requires a healthy balance of self care, self esteem and positive supports to grow. Jesse uses a variety of clinical approaches including solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma informed therapy and crisis planning.

Jesse focuses on identifying risk and providing support to clients to work through external factors, life stressors and manage their mental wellbeing.

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.

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