Who We Are
Jamie D. Brooks, M.Sc., C. Psych.
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 counselling practice uses an integrative therapeutic approach (including Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy), to help adolescents and adults with:
• Obsessions and Compulsions
• Stress Management
• Interpersonal Relationship Issues
• Self-doubt and Low Self-esteem
• Challenging Life Transitions
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.
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.
Attention and executive functioning problems
Depression and mood related problems
School and work-related stress
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.
As a Registered Psychotherapist, Allison Goldfield provides assessment and counselling services. Allison’s clinical practice encompasses a wide variety of issues including:
• Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties
• Parenting challenges
• Identity and self-esteem issues
• 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
• 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.
Educational, Career, and Mental Health Counsellor
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.
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:
• Dyadic Developmental Practice (2016)
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (2014)
• Multi-Systemic Therapy (2012)
Jessica holds experience in individual therapy for adolescents, young adults and parents. Therapy focus areas include:
• Interpersonal relationship issues
• Low self-esteem
• Grief and loss
Erinn T. Brown, M.A., OACCPP
Mental Health Counsellor
Registered Psychotherapist (Qual.)
Erinn’s therapeutic orientation integrates aspects of the client-centred, psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and cognitive behavioural approaches to therapy. She tailors her approach to the unique needs of each client, and strives to create a collaborative, non-judgemental 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;
Social skills deficits;
Difficulties with assertiveness;
Interpersonal relationship challenges;
Adjustment, transitions, and life decisions;
Grief and loss.
Erinn completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2013, and her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in 2017. She has two years of experience providing counselling services to adolescents and adults in university settings, and is trained in the provision of counselling, and assessments. Erinn is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), and is working toward licensure as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario under the supervision of Jamie D. Brooks, M.Sc., C. Psych. Assoc.
Jenna MacDonald, Masters in Teaching
Psychometrist and College Professor
Jenna administers and scores academic achievement and information processing measures for children, adolescents and adults. She has been working on assessments with Jamie Brooks since 2012, and is also 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.
Mental Health Counsellor
Sandra has completed an MA in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University and a BA in Psychology from Carleton University. In addition, she has received certification in Essentials of Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy conducted by Dr. Connie Dalton. She has prior clinical experience with individual adults, and at Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services. Before training to become a therapist, Sandra enjoyed her career in Community and Cultural Services at the City of Ottawa.
Depression and mood disorders
Loss and life transitions
Sandra works collaboratively and respectfully with clients based on the client’s stated goals. She uses an integrated treatment model grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and in addition draws from Emotion-Focused, Mindfulness and Existential therapies.
People come to therapy aiming for internal changes in ways that might positively impact their futures or to recover from loss in the past. The goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to attain psychological flexibility . In therapy clients can master new ways of approaching old problems.
Sandra is passionate about life-long-learning and sustainable mental-health practices.
Shamira Drice, M.A.
Mental Health Counsellor
Registered Psychotherapist (Qual.)
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Shamira is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying). She provides counselling and psychotherapeutic services to individual adults with particular focus on anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, interpersonal issues (including relationships), life changes and multicultural counselling.
Shamira has special interest in helping individuals develop self-compassion. She understands that a person’s ‘inner critic’ (inner critical voice) plays a huge role in one’s mood, self-esteem, anxiety and more. Practicing self-compassion can help ease negative self-judgment. Shamira's ultimate goal in relation to self-compassion is to have clients speak to themselves as they would speak to someone they admired. Life can be pretty nasty; your ‘inner critic’ does not have to be.
Shamira views psychotherapy as a safe, non-judgmental space where her role is to act as a guide and support for her clients, while her clients develop skills that will help them toward achieving and maintaining their goals. Shamira practices from a client-centered and empowerment-based approach. She is supportive but also encouraging you to utilize the techniques and insights gained during therapy sessions to help you be the best version of you.
Shamira’s therapeutic approach is a collaboration of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She also incorporates techniques from a Mindfulness perspective. Shamira has a background in conflict resolution studies and experience with negotiation and mediation between couples, friends, professional colleagues, sports teams and other groups. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University.
Maria Krol, M.A.
Mental Health Counsellor
Maria is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University and a Master’s in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. Maria focused on the areas of grief, loss, and bereavement during her academic research projects.
At Westboro Psychology, Maria works principally with youth and young adults on issues such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, mood regulation, and self-esteem. She works with therapeutic orientations like as CBT, ACT, and mindfulness, and is rooted in a client-centered approach.
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 adolescents and adults for a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationship difficulties, stress management and perfectionism.
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 her Honours Psychology Degree from Carleton University in 2012 followed by her Masters 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).
Jennifer has worked in the field of psychology for over 5 years, in a variety of clinical settings, which include the Douglas Mental Health Institute, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Employee Assistance Programs as well as private practice.
Meghan Topolnisky, B.A., MScOT Reg (Ont.)
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.
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 seven 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 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.
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.