Who We Are

Jamie D. Brooks, M.Sc., C. Psych. 

Clinical Director/Psychologist

 

Jamie Brooks provides Psychological Services in the areas of assessment, counselling and clinical psychology in Ontario. As Clinical Director of Westboro Psychology, she oversees all aspects of the practice; ensuring a high quality and coordinated approach to treatment. 


Jamie's therapy practice uses an integrative therapeutic approach (including Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy), to help adolescents and adults with:

 

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • Obsessions and Compulsions

  • Perfectionism

  • Stress Management

  • Interpersonal Relationship Issues

  • Self-doubt and Low Self-esteem

  • Challenging Life Transitions

  • Parenting concerns 

 

Jamie's assessment practice focuses on providing testing, evaluation and intervention for children, adolescents and adults with learning and behavioral style differences such as:

 

  • Reading Difficulties

  • Writing Difficulties 

  • Mathematics Difficulties 

  • Language Difficulties 

  • Gifted Abilities

  • Attention Disorders 

  • Planning, Time Management and Organizational Difficulties

  • Memory Difficulties

 

Jamie began her career as an algebra teacher and residential counsellor at The Grove School in Madison, Connecticut; a boarding school for adolescents with psychological and learning difficulties that prevented them from thriving in the traditional academic setting. Jamie obtained a Master of Science Degree in School Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in June, 2004. During the 2004/2005 school year, she participated in a one year internship as a School Psychologist under the supervision of school board affiliated psychologists in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

 

Jamie relocated to Ottawa in September 2005 and continued providing psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Sandra M. Burns. She participated in additional supervised training programs and completed her full licensure with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in June, 2012. Jamie has practiced independently and also provided supervision to psychologists, candidates for registration as psychologists, psychotherapists and psychometrists. She is the founder and clinical director of Westboro Psychology. She views her leadership in Westboro Psychology as an opportunity to provide Ottawa residents with a variety of quality clinical services in a welcoming and supportive environment. 

 

Jamie provides lectures about Anxiety and Depression to parents, teachers, and educational administrators in the Ottawa region. She is a member of the Ottawa Academy of Psychologists, the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates and the Canadian Psychological Association.  She began serving as a Director of the Friends of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in 2018. In 2017 and 2019, Jamie lead the 'Westboro Psychology' team at the Women's Run For Mental Health in Ottawa and with team members; raised over $10,000 for the cause.  Westboro Psychology regularly provides philanthropy to various organizations that promote the well being of our community including Hopewell Eating Disorders Support, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Ottawa Children's Business Fair and  'LoveYourBrain' Ottawa.

Jennifer L. Newby, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist 

 

Dr. Newby completed her Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University and completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts at Trent University with a major in Psychology and an emphasis in Teacher Education. She has gained various clinical experiences spanning over five years in a number of clinical settings including various practica at inpatient hospital, correctional institution, school, and private practice settings. Dr. Newby was trained by Jamie Brooks and Dr. Sandra Burns beginning in her Doctoral residency.

Dr. Newby assesses and treats individuals with a wide variety of diagnostic presentations.

Assessment:

  • Learning/psychoeducational

  • Attention and executive functioning problems

  • Giftedness

  • Psychological

 

Treatment:

  • Depression and mood related problems

  • Perfectionism

  • Competitiveness

  • Anxiety

  • Panic

  • Phobias

  • Post-traumatic stress

  • School and work-related stress

  • Interpersonal stress

  • Body image

  • Low self-esteem

  • Adjustment to major life changes

 

Dr. Newby works collaboratively with patients to determine and meet their needs on an individual basis tailored to their clinical symptoms. She incorporates a variety of therapeutic styles into her work but her therapeutic orientation is best described as cognitive-behavioural (CBT). Dr. Newby has a strong basis in assessment and her case formulation and treatment are informed by evidence-based practice, meaning they are grounded in sound and effective science, research, and theory. Dr. Newby works to provide clients with a nurturing, collaborative, light-hearted, humorous, and accepting atmosphere.

Dr. Newby is passionate about psychological research and is currently involved in several research collaborations. Her primary area of research is personality and her doctoral dissertation was completed on competitiveness. Dr. Newby is a member of several organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Psychological Science, the Ottawa Academy of Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Dr. Newby has been awarded numerous Provincial and National scholarships and has over 15 peer-reviewed publications, articles, book chapters, national, and international conference presentations. Dr. Newby continues her professional development through regular supervision, conferences, and keeping current with scientific and clinical literature. 

Allison Goldfield, M.A., R.P.

Registered Psychotherapist

 

As a Registered Psychotherapist, Allison Goldfield provides assessment and counselling services. Allison's clinical practice encompasses a wide variety of issues including:

Anxiety

Depression

Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties 

Parenting challenges

Identity and self-esteem issues

Trauma

Life decisions and transitions

In addition to counselling, Allison has a particular interest in psycho-educational assessments.  Her areas of focus include:

 

Learning disabilities

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Giftedness

Developmental disabilities

Behaviour/mood disorders

Re-assessment for university entry

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Allison takes an integrative approach to therapy, combining elements of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, interpersonal, and experiential treatment strategies. She works with clients to help them learn new approaches to dealing with difficult emotions and help them to form healthy and meaningful relationships with other people.

Allison completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in psychology at McGill University in Montreal and then went on to complete a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Over the past twenty years, she has worked and trained in different clinical settings, including the Department of Children's Services of Los Angeles, The Children's Hospital in Buffalo, New York, Jewish Family Services in Ottawa, Crossroads Children's Centre and the Kanata Resource Centre. She has been in private practice since 2005. 

Tina Wilston, M.Ed., R.P.

Registered Psychotherapist

 

Tina Wilston received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University in 2004 and her Masters of Education in Educational Counseling from the University of Ottawa in 2014. She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in a variety of settings such as research, hospital, university and private practice. Tina works from a client centered approach, focusing on developing a collaborative working relationship and providing emotional support for children, teens and adults. She works with individuals on issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues, parenting, stress, career dilemmas and learning difficulties. She uses a combination of techniques tailored to each individual client, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, narrative and solution-focused therapy.

Jessica Hébert, M.Ed., R.P.

Registered Psychotherapist

Jessica completed a Masters of Education in Educational Counselling in 2012, following an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology in 2010. Jessica is fully bilingual, offering therapy to adolescents and adults, in both English and French.

 

Jessica's approach to therapy is to provide a collaborative, compassionate and non-judgemental environment that fosters self-awareness and growth. While drawing on various evidence-based therapeutic methods, she matches strategies with individual client needs and goals. More specifically, she adopted a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy framework, as well as inspires from other approaches, including Narrative Therapy. She has received formal training in:

Jessica holds experience in individual therapy for adolescents, young adults and parents. Therapy focus areas include:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Phobias

  • Interpersonal relationship issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Traumas

  • Grief and loss

Erinn T. Brown, M.A., OAMHP, R.P. (Q)

Mental Health Counsellor

Registered Psychotherapist (Qual.)

 

Erinn's therapeutic orientation integrates aspects of the client-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, and solution-focused approaches to therapy. She tailors her approach to the unique needs of each client, and strives to create a collaborative, non-judgmental environment in which clients can feel understood, respected, and empowered as they work toward their goals. 

 

Erinn is experienced in helping clients to manage a variety of issues, including: 

 

Depression and anxiety; 

Self-confidence and self-esteem issues; 

Difficulties with assertiveness;  

Relational trauma;

School or work-related stress;

ADHD;

Adjustment, transitions, and life decisions. 

 

She also works frequently with individuals who identify with the gifted and LGBTQ+ communities.

 

Erinn completed a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2013, an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in 2017, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Oxford in 2019. She has over four years of experience providing psychotherapy and assessment services to teens and adults in university and private practice settings. Erinn is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and she is working towards licensure as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario under the supervision of Jamie D. Brooks, M.Sc., C. Psych. Erinn is currently providing continuity (through audio and visual therapy services) to previously established Westboro Psychology clients while located in the United Kingdom, with the intention of returning to Canada to continue face-to-face services to both on-going and new clients.  

Jenna MacDonald, Masters in Teaching

Psychometrist and College Professor

 

Jenna has eight years of experience administering and scoring academic achievement and information processing measures for children, adolescents and adults. She has been working on assessments with Jamie D. Brooks, M.Sc., C. Psych. since 2012. Through her background in teaching as well as her innately compassionate nature, Jenna is skillful with creating a comfortable, warm, safe and supportive environment for individuals to take tests and to have the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability. 

 

Jenna also works as a full time professor of Social Sciences at Algonquin College.

Jenna completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Trent University, and a Master of Teaching at Griffiths University in Queensland, Australia.

Sandra L. Merriam, M.A., R.P. 

Registered Psychotherapist 

Sandra works compassionately, respectfully and collaboratively to help clients achieve their treatment goals. Her integrative approach draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Brief Solution Focused therapy and Attachment Theory.

Sandra’s clinical practice includes treatment of:

  • anxiety

  • panic

  • phobia

  • depression and mood disorders

  • interpersonal relationships

  • attachment

  • grief

  • impacts of illness

  • identity and self- worth

  • life transitions

 

Sandra Merriam completed a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy, Counselling and Spiritualty at Saint Paul University, and a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology at Carleton University. She is committed to gaining up to date knowledge and effective treatment strategies, and enthusiastically researches various areas of psychology during free time. Sandra has continued her education through direct instruction in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (to treat depression and various forms of anxiety) at the Ottawa Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has also obtained specific instruction in service provision using Emotion Focused Therapy and Mentalizing Therapy styles. 

Sandra has worked in supervised clinical settings with individual adults since 2016, and as an Associate at Westboro Psychology since 2018.  She is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Prior to training as a psychotherapist, Sandra worked in the public sector. She is passionate about sustainable mental health practices and life-long learning.

Shamira Drice, M.A., R.P. (Q)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qual.)

 

Shamira provides psychotherapeutic services to individual teenagers and adults with particular focus on:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Codependency

  • Racial Identity

 

Shamira aims to help clients develop a deeper, more compassionate understanding of themselves and their challenges. She understands that inner critics play a huge role in one's mood, self-esteem, anxiety and more. Practicing self-compassion can help ease the negative self-judgment.

Shamira incorporates an integrative approach to psychotherapy, predominately working from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) approach, while drawing from psychodynamic, attachment based and compassion focused modalities as well.

Shamira completed a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies and Psychology in a joint program through University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University. A Master of Arts in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality was also completed at Saint Paul University. Shamira is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Maria Krol, M.A., R.P. 

Registered Psychotherapist 

 

Maria provides therapy to youth and young adults to support them with issues such as:

  • Anxiety

  • Assertiveness

  • Depression

  •  Interpersonal relationship challenges

  •  Intrusive thoughts

  •  Mood regulation

  •  Self-esteem

  •  Uncertainty and dissatisfaction with life circumstances

Maria's therapeutic style is rooted in a warm, client-centered approach. She focuses on building self-awareness and situational-awareness with clients in order to help them integrate meaningful change in their lives. Her main therapeutic orientation is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in addition to which she regularly incorporates elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. Maria works creatively with clients in session and takes a flexible approach to therapy in order to best meet an individual's unique needs.

Maria is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from Carleton University and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. She completed a two-year clinical placement at the Saint Paul University Counselling Centre prior to working in private practice.

 

At Westboro Psychology, Maria also works as a psychometrist in the field of psycho-educational assessments. She is adept with providing a wide variety of well-founded test measures that assess cognition, achievement, memory, attention and information processing. Within the testing environment, Maria endeavors to provide an encouraging, welcoming, caring and secure space for individuals to exhibit their skills and the extent of their knowledge.

Jennifer Peddar, M.Ed., CCC

Canadian Certified Counsellor

 

Jennifer strives to improve a client's well-being by working collaboratively with the client to identify and work towards their therapy goals. Jennifer offers support to older children, adolescents and adults for a range of mental health issues, including:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Interpersonal relationship difficulties

  • Stress management

  • Perfectionism

  • Phobias

  • Obsessions and Compulsions

  • Trauma

 

Jennifer has received formal training from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Pennsylvania and is currently working towards becoming a Beck Certified Counsellor.  In addition to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Jennifer also incorporates techniques from Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.

Jennifer received an Honours Psychology Degree from Carleton University in 2012 followed by a Master's Degree in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa in 2014.  In 2017, Jennifer became a Canadian Certified Counsellor in accordance with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). 

Since graduation, Jennifer has worked intensively in the field of psychology in a variety of clinical settings, including the Douglas Mental Health Institute, McMaster Children's Hospital, Employee Assistance Programs and private practice.

Nicole Barton, R.P. 

Registered Psychotherapist 

 

Nicole is a Registered Psychotherapist and has been working with youth and their families for over 10 years. Her approach to therapy is warm, collaborative, supportive and goal oriented. Nicole is very passionate about helping her clients succeed in reaching their desired outcomes.

 

Nicole's focus has been with youth, parents and families using evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) as well as attachment-focused therapies such as Dyadic Developmental Practice. Although her primary focus is working with youth and their families Nicole works with young adults as well.

 

Nicole has facilitated Dialectical Behavioural Therapy groups for both youth and parents and currently offers individual DBT support in her practice. For individuals who have completed DBT groups Nicole offers after-care support or individual support while currently enrolled.

 

Nicole holds experience in individual therapy for adolescents, young adults and parents as well as family therapy. Therapy focus areas include:

  •        Depression

  •        Anxiety

  •        Self-Esteem

  •        Borderline Personality

  •        Parent/Youth Conflict

  •        Parenting skills for behavior management

  •        Attachment/ Relationship Building

  •        Family Breakdown

Meghan Topolnisky, B.A., MScOT Reg (Ont.)

Occupational Therapist

 

Meghan is the founder and owner of Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy which provides occupational therapy services to clients living in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. Meghan is a graduate of Queen's University who completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Presently she is practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa Carleton Region and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Meghan brings experience from hospital based pediatric services, as well as school based care. She has particular interest in working with children and youth with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental coordination disorder as well as other common developmental disorders. She also has experience working with children and youth with complex mental health disorders. In this role, she teaches children coping strategies to deal with everyday challenges.  She also teaches them how to have a healthy balance in all of the areas of their lives including self-care, productivity, leisure activities and free time.

 

Meghan has training in various areas of pediatric occupational therapy including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Christine Padesky

  • Self-Regulation, Dr. Lynn Kenney

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Collaborative Problem Solving -Tier 1, Tier 2

  • Sensory Processing

  • Motor Right Along

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Anxiety and Children

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • Assistive Technology

  • Complex Mental Health Needs

In addition to service provision at  the Westboro Psychology location, Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy services are available in the St. Laurent/ Elmvale Acres area as well as at your child's school or in your home environment. Occupational therapy assessment and intervention can be provided to children and youth in either English or French.

 

Please contact Expanding Horizons by phone at 613-897-4820 or at www.expandinghorizonsot.com to book an appointment and/or to discuss any other questions.

Storm

Westboro Psychology's Therapy Dog

 

For some individuals, using a pet as part of the therapeutic process can be very beneficial to their mental health. When partaking in therapy sessions, therapy dogs have the potential to encourage communication, lessen depression, provide comfort, decrease anxiety, reduce self-consciousness, reduce agitation and increase focus.

Storm is a ten year old Labradoodle (half Labrador Retriever and half Standard Poodle). She is a friendly and loving animal who enjoys affection and playing with others. Storm is very gentle with children (she lives in a home with two young boys). Storm happily participates in Jamie Brooks' therapy sessions when clients invite her. She likes to be petted while you talk and has shown an inclination to lie near (or on) a person's feet when they are distressed. Storm is also content to lie on the floor and sleep during therapy sessions but can be a little bit of a distraction when she snores.

When she is not in therapy sessions with Jamie, she generally roams the office, wagging her tail, looking for food scraps and greeting clients. However, should her presence in the office be unwelcome, please let us know and we will place her on her mat in the kitchen for a snack and a rest. 

Since her debut at Westboro Psychology, Storm has been observed to be particularly useful for; introverted clients who feel socially anxious and enjoy having a 'third party' in the room to reduce the intensity of focus on them; excitable/high energy clients who benefit from the sensory stimulation of petting an animal in order to focus; agitated clients who are able to offset the intensity of heated feelings about emotional topics well enough to tolerate talking about those topics when their blood pressure is lowered by petting an animal; and individuals who are feeling very low in mood and take comfort in the calm and non-judgmental presence of an animal.