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 approach (including Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy), to provide treatment for adolescents and adults with:

 

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • Obsessions and Compulsions

  • Perfectionism

  • 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, 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.

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 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. 

Mental Health Counsellor

Registered Psychotherapist 

 

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. 

Registered Psychotherapist

 

Shamira provides psychotherapeutic services to 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.

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

Colette Kelso, R.P. 

Registered Psychotherapist 

Colette has over 28 years of experience providing counselling support to adolescents, young adults and parents. She holds extensive experience in individual, parenting and group therapy practices.

Colette provides counselling supports based on a variety of evidence-based therapeutic methods and techniques. More specifically, her practice draws from; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Attachment Focused Therapy. Colette will work with her clients to determine which approach best meets their needs.

Colette provides a warm, non-judgmental, collaborative and compassionate approach that is firmly rooted in the belief that we are all experts in our own lives and, at times, may need guidance to reach the potential we are striving to obtain. A cornerstone of her approach is to build therapeutic relationships whereby clients feel heard, validated and respected. Colette will support clients to identify their areas of concern, as well as their personal strengths and will support them as they build their resiliency to develop the strategies they need to move towards positive change.

Colette has extensive experience supporting youth and their parents in rebuilding attachment and connection through building parenting skills, as well as through individual session work. She can support young adults in their pursuit to becoming full participants in their independent lives and moving towards their life goals. Colette also provides individual support to women with a desire to live to their full potential while learning to manage the many stressors and challenges in life.

Therapy areas include:

  • Parent/Youth Conflict

  • Parenting Skills (ages 12+)

  • Attachment and Connection Building

  • Trauma

  • Self-Confidence/Assertiveness

  • Mood Regulation

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

Samantha Kosierb, Ph.d. (candidate), R.P., CCC 

Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor

Sam creates a calm and safe environment where you can express who you are without worrying about judgement. She works in a collaborative way where she personalizes therapy to best meet your needs, wants and goals. Sam uses an attachment and psychodynamic approach that incorporates some CBT techniques. Sam is passionate about helping clients develop self-compassion and learn how to better regulate emotions.

 

Sam provides therapy services for individual adults who are struggling with:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • self-esteem issues

  • relationship issues

  • questions of identity

 

Sam is LGBT2SQIA+ informed and works with people who identify as being members of a gender or sexual minority. 

 

Sam is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor.  She is currently completing her PhD in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. Previous to entering the PhD program, she completed her Master's degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University.

 

  

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.   

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