The Counselling Centre

Our Staff

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris, MEd
Assistant Director of Student Services

Sarah is the Assistant Director of Student Services, overseeing The Counselling Centre and Chaplaincy, along with the Multi-faith space. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science with honours in Psychology from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Educational Psychology from Dalhousie as well‌. Sarah sits on various campus committees for Student Services.

Donnie Jeffrey

Donnie Jeffrey, MEd
Manager of Career Services & Clinical Therapist

Donnie is a graduate of Saint Mary's University and he completed his Master of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. He has been employed as a Clinical Therapist at Saint Mary's for 13 years and has operated a private practice for the last 7 years. At Saint Mary's, Donnie sees clients for personal concerns as well as career related issues and oversees Career Services. With his personal clients Donnie uses a cognitive behavioural approach to therapy in an effort to assist students through the challenges and transitions of life. Special interests of Donnie's include couple and/or relationship issues, issues relating to anger, interpersonal conflict, stress, depression, and time management.

Caroline Danis

Caroline Bradley, MEd
Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate

Caroline has a Master’s Degree in Educational Counselling as well as a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She has experience working with children, youth and adults and has worked in community and university settings. Caroline uses cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused approaches to counselling. Her areas of particular interest include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, assertiveness and anger. Caroline is comfortable providing counselling in both English and French.

Bobbi Beuree

Bobbi Beuree, B.A. / Certified CAN Coach
Intake & Programs Coordinator

Bobbi earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Saint Mary's University and has since completed Certificates in Professional Counselling, Leadership Development, and Life Coaching. She has been employed as Intake & Programs Coordinator since 2006. Bobbi provides Intake sessions for students new to The Counselling Centre to offer support, assess how we can be most helpful, and make referrals both on and off campus. She also offers individualized Academic & Life Skills Coaching sessions to provide support around issues that impact a student's university experience - topics include overcoming procrastination and exam anxiety, learning effective time and stress management strategies, interacting professionally with professors, and more. She is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential.

Cindy Boland, MEd

Cindy completed her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. She has worked in universities, addiction treatment settings, community practices and most recently at the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre supporting survivors of sexual violence. Areas of particular interest include trauma, shame/self-worth, anger, relationship struggles and boundaries. Cindy’s approach to therapy is highly collaborative, as she believes empowering clients is key to growth. Her orientation is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


Mel Quigg, MSW, RSW
Clinical Therapist, Social Worker

Mel has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick.  Mel has worked in various counselling roles over the past 17 years with the majority of her work being in the Mental Health and Addictions Program at the IWK Health Centre.  Mel uses various types of evidence based therapy modalities that are the best fit for the presenting issues as well as each person’s individual needs.


Daniel Abar, MEd
Registered Counselling Therapist


Daniel has a Master’s Degree in Educational Counselling as well as a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Daniel has experience working with children, youth, adults and families. Daniel has a background in trauma informed care and uses cognitive-behavioural and motivational interviewing.  His areas of interest are wide ranging but include anxiety, depression, and  gambling/internet/substance use issues.


Ashleigh George (Maternity Leave) 
Ashleigh Dempsey

Ashleigh has a Paralegal Diploma from Maritime Business College. Ashleigh can be found booking Personal Counselling and Academic & Life Skills Coaching appointments for current students at Saint Mary's. She can answer any questions students may have about The Counselling Centre and the services we offer and provide on and off campus resources to students.


Joy Samuel 
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Secretary (Mat. Leave Replacement)

Joy has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from Saint Mary's University and has been working for The Counselling Centre for the last 3 years, serving previously as the Assistant. Joy has a vast knowledge of the university, previously working as a Residence Assistant and Residence Services Officer and is commited to assisting students who come to use the services of The Counselling Centre and the general student body.