Meet the Staff

Sarah Cantin - Manager of Student Counselling Services

Sarah is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph, as well as an Honours Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. Sarah believes in helping all Lakers to recognize and proactively support their mental wellbeing! 

Sarah Cantin

Kayley Gravelle - Secretary, Student Counselling Services

Kayley Gravelle has been working as a secretary at Nipissing University since January 2008. She has been with the Student Counselling Services Department since December 2014. Kayley received her certificate in the Office Administration program at Canadore College in 2006. Kayley's passion is working in areas supporting mental health and wellness. Kayley strongly believes each student should feel safe, comfortable and supported while requesting or accessing wellness services. If you require any assistance at all don’t hesitate to contact her she will do her very best to assist you.​

Kayley Gravelle

Andrea Havercroft - Counsellor

Andrea Havercroft has been working as a Counsellor at Nipissing University since 2008. Prior to working at Nipissing University, she was a Crisis Worker at a hospital where she gained valuable experience supporting clients in the areas of mental health and crisis situations. Andrea also has experience working with children and families in her role as a Child Protection Worker where she developed extensive skills in assessment, family intervention, advocacy, and community liaison. Andrea has a knowledge and skill base from several theories with a particular passion for cognitive behavioural and solution focused approaches. Andrea is passionate about prevention and enjoys developing and facilitating psycho-educational seminars and workshops on several topics that benefit students and promote their success. She completed her Social Services Worker diploma from Canadore College, as well as her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Laurentian University. Andrea is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.​

Andrea Havercroft

April Raftis - Counsellor

April Raftis earned a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Nipissing University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Laurentian University. Her education and professional experience in mental health give her a unique and compassionate approach to counselling and working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and range of concerns.

She is committed to creating a tailored therapy plan to address the unique needs of every student she works with. By incorporating strength-based tools and skills that encourage implementation strategies about balance, self-care and learning resilience, she assists individuals to see their full potential and reach their desired therapy goal.  

As a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, April is passionate about learning and keeping up with current therapy research and modalities. In addition to her professional degree, she has training in cognitive-behavioural, dialectical-behavioural, mindfulness therapy and is a certified ASIST trainer.

April Raftis

Danielle Morrow - Counsellor

Danielle Morrow is a Registered Psychotherapist and is recognized as being empathetic and friendly with an easy-going, yet professional and structured demeanour. Danielle is an alumnus from Nipissing University, having graduated with her BA Honours in Psychology and continued her passion of helping others at the University of Guelph, completing an MSc in Couple and Family Therapy. Danielle has extensive experience in both brief and longer-term therapy methods, working with (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, sexuality and intimacy, chronic pain, addiction, crisis intervention, and couples/family conflict. It is of the utmost importance to Danielle that her clients feel safe, supported, and not judged in order to be open and vulnerable, both of which can be difficult and scary for some. She therefore strives to meet clients where they are at so that they can explore meaning in their lives and the goals that they wish to achieve for themselves. Danielle feels a true honour to be able to implement helpful tools to empower success within her clients, as she believes they are capable of achieving whatever is important to them – we all just need a little help sometimes!​

Danielle Morrow

Heather Hall - Counsellor

Heather is a registered psychotherapist and has been working in the area of mental health for the last 20 years, specializing in crisis work. Heather delivers a variety of therapeutic modalities for children, youth, adults and families in creating a safe space to work through treatment goals. Heather has had the opportunity during her career to provide direct clinical leadership to the counselling and crisis-based community teams at Handsthefamilynetwork. Prior to being employed at Hands, she worked with adults in the dual diagnosis program at CMHA. Heather has a great deal of passion and skill in establishing trust and engagement with individuals, to maximize the overall therapeutic experience. She has built strong community partnerships over the
years in the area of Nipissing and Parry Sound communities.

Heather Hall, Counsellor

Marcella Nabigon Guerin - Dibaadan Counsellor

Marcella Nabigon Guerin, Spirit name Mukwa Kwe (Bear Woman) belongs to the (Maang N’dodem) Loon Clan. She has over 20 years experience working with Indigenous, children, families and communities. She is an alumni of the Indigenous SSW program at Canadore College and possess a BSW from Ryerson University and an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University in the Indigenous Field of Study. Marcella is also a Registered Social Worker. She is a wholistic Indigenous practitioner and believes in using Indigenous healing modalities, cultural practices, ceremonies, teachings and medicines as a means of healing and helping people to restore balance in their lives.  Marcella is also bilingual and speaks French and English.

Marcella Nabigon Guerin  - Dibaadan Counsellor