Meet the Staff

Heather Hall - Manager of Student Counselling Services

Heather holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is a registered psychotherapist with several years of experience in a variety of mental health settings. Her clinical expertise is diverse, and she draws from a blend of therapeutic modalities to create a safe and supportive space for individuals to engage in the counselling experience while navigating life’s struggles.

Heather has a great deal of passion in making meaningful connections and building trusting relationships. She has a strong knowledge of community supports and services available to ensure individuals have the necessary information to make informed decisions about their treatment.

Heather is committed to working collaboratively with individuals and meeting them where they are at in their journey. Her counselling style is engaging, non-judgmental, genuine and she values the importance of supporting individuals to become their most authentic selves in moving through the steps to reach their therapy goals.

(Heather uses she/her/hers)

Heather Hall, Counsellor


Kayley Gravelle - Secretary, Student Counselling Services

Kayley Gravelle has been working as a secretary at Nipissing University since January 2008. She has been the Secretary for Student Counselling Services since December 2014. Kayley received her certificate in the Office Administration program at Canadore College in 2006 and is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Nipissing University part-time. 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 uses pronouns she/her/hers)

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 is a registered Social Worker with over 10 years of experience. She has a BA in Psychology from Nipissing University and a BSW from Laurentian University.   

She loves working with Nipissing University students to help them cultivate their strengths and create more presence and awareness in their daily lives. April’s approach is warm, interactive, and accepting. Her aim is to create a comfortable space for you to slow down and explore what is going on so that putting yourself first and seeking support can become less difficult.  

Using integrative therapeutic techniques, she will guide you in ways that align with your core values and allow you to rediscover your passions and innate capacity for growth so that the work put into therapy will be meaningful and lasting.   

April enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and exploring in nature. She looks forward to connecting with you and supporting you with the next step in your journey. 

(April uses pronouns she/her/hers)

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

Gabrielle Brunet - Counsellor

Gabrielle identifies as a cisgender white woman who holds an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Worker as well as an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Gabrielle has many years of experience working with a variety of people including but not limited to, those who struggle with housing difficulties, relationship challenges, trauma, anxious and depressive symptoms, substance use, emotion regulation, self care, and grief and loss.  

When providing counselling to individuals, Gabrielle utilizes an eclectic approach drawing from many therapeutic approaches including, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivation interviewing, and so on. Gabrielle uses a trauma informed, person centered, harm reduction, strengths based, and anti oppressive approach in her counselling practice.  

Outside of work, Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her partner and cat, getting active, reading and rewatching her favourite television shows like Gilmore Girls and the Office. Gabrielle believes in utilizing the skills she supports her clients in practicing.  

Gabrielle is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Gabrielle uses she/her/hers pronouns

Alison Jackson - Dibaadan Wellness Coordinator

Alison grew up in Cobalt, a small mining town in Northern Ontario, and is a member of Temagami First Nation.  She lives in North Bay on Nbisiing Anishinabek territory and has a strong connection with her home community of Bear Island Lake Temagami.  After completing a Bachelor of Science at Laurentian University and a Master of Science at Queen’s University, Alison began working in the Biology Department at Nipissing University (NU) in 2005.  She then completed a Bachelor of Education at NU and after teaching for a short period she transitioned into Indigenous Education and began supporting students in her role as Student Success and Development Coordinator in 2015 in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) at NU.  More recently she worked in OII in the role of Indigenous Mentorship Coordinator.  Eight years of work in OII brought a great deal of experience in supporting students with their wellness through an Indigenous lens.   Alison is partial to Mino-bimaadiziwin “to live the good life” following the teachings of the medicine wheel and continues to build relationships with students, staff, and community members to support students with their educational journey.

Alison Jackson Profile Photo

Ibrahim Fayaz - Counsellor, BIPOC Student Support (On Leave)

Ibrahim is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He holds a Master of Pastoral Studies with a focus on Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto. He is also an alumni of Yorkville University’s Master of Art in Counselling Psychology program. Additionally, Ibrahim holds post-graduate certification and experiential training in integrative psychotherapy from the Toronto Center for Psychotherapy and Counselling Education. Overall, Ibrahim is passionate and dedicated to the science and art of psychotherapy in ongoing learning and its application and potential in advancing awareness, healing, and empowerment.

Ibrahim’s approach to care is holistic by viewing individuals as ‘whole’ and not only by symptoms, while tailoring therapeutic modalities to the unique needs and challenges of individuals. His approach to care is person-centered, collaborative, and relational. Ibrahim often receives feedback from his clients that he is easy to talk to and understanding. Finally, Ibrahim loves what he does, and considers it a complete honour to walk alongside others in their journeys during challenging times. In addition to English, Ibrahim speaks Pashtu, Urdu, and Arabic.

Ibrahim Fayaz Staff

Bryanna Kelly - Peer Support and Outreach Lead

Bryanna is a firm believer that no matter the challenge or barrier, anyone can reach their full potential if support and meaningful connections are accessible and available.  Bryanna’s passion is peer support and building connection through shared interests and lived experience.  She enjoys guiding and assisting others along their recovery journey, unique to them, encouraging growth, holding hope and working from a strengths-based approach.  Bryanna graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Carleton University and is a Level 2 Certified Peer Supporter with the Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) Core Essentials Program.  

Bryanna enjoys travelling, learning about others through conversation, spending time with friends and family, listening to music and dancing.  Bryanna was once a student and recognizes the ongoing stresses and struggles that are ever-present in our changing society that affect many students.  As such, Bryanna is excited to be able to offer a service and safe space that will provide Nipissing students with the opportunity to connect with their peers through conversation, a variety of meaningful activities, shared interests and life experiences.

Bryanna is also bilingual and speaks both English and French.