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Our People

Psychotherapists and Counsellors

Amanda Lee-Gomes - Social Worker

BSW, RSW

Amanda is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario obtaining an Honours Bachelors of Social Work degree. Amanda currently provides counselling and case management services for Rehab First in Alliston and surrounding area.

Amanda has extensive experience assisting clients with disabilities ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Acquired Brain Injuries, mental health issues, and complications with addictions in developing and implementing rehabilitation goals. Amanda also has experience with grief and bereavement counselling; supporting individuals and families with a focus on the impact of a loss. Amanda specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which focuses on 4 main areas; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Relationships, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation. Amanda has experience in working with individuals, families and groups, and has committed to support and empower clients by working toward their independence.

 

Carol Hawkins – Social Worker & Regional Manager (Richmond Hill)

BSW, RSW, CCRC

Carol Hawkins is a Regional Manager in the Toronto area with Rehab First Inc. She is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Carol has provided case management services to clients for over 30 years throughout Ontario. Carol’s extensive experience makes her particularly skilled at handling complex cases.

Along with working directly with a wide variety of clients, Carol also possesses a management background which has allowed her to mentor other rehabilitation professionals and teach them the importance of being client centered, empathetic, non-judgemental, as well as pro-active and positive in their approach.

Carol holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Development Studies from Waterloo University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. Carol is always pursuing new learning and participates in numerous professional development activities and attends industry related conferences on a regular basis.
 

Deborah Mair – Social Worker

BSW, RSW, CVP, RRP, CVP

Deborah is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional as well as a Certified Vocational Professional. Deborah provides vocational rehabilitation, counselling and case management services for Rehab First in the Kitchener and Hamilton areas. Deborah has previous experience assisting injured workers in returning to work and participating in meaningful life activities. Deborah also has experience in completing vocational assessments and servicing clients in career planning and goal-setting while utilizing a client centered approach to empower clients to regain control of their life, independence and confidence. Deborah has experience in working with individuals, couples and groups; and she specializes in youth and adult mental health, anxiety, loss, grief, depression and pain management.


Deborah graduated from the University of Western Ontario obtaining an Honours Bachelors of Social Work degree, and she also obtained a Child and Youth Worker Diploma (Honours) from George Brown College.

 

James Campbell - Psychotherapist

Registered Psychotherapist, M.Ed., MBA, CCRC, RRP, CCLCP, CVRP(F)

James Campbell is a co-founder of Rehab First and Director of Rehabilitation Services. In 1981 he founded Associative Rehabilitation Inc., which at the time of its acquisition by Aetna Health Management in 1997, had grown to become Canada’s largest rehabilitation services firm. Before co-founding Rehab First in 2000, he was Vice President, Insurance and Institutions Sector, for Aetna Health Management. He is a recognized authority on rehabilitation best practices.


Mr. Campbell’s areas of specialization include psychotherapy, vocational, educational and social rehabilitation, case management and future care cost reporting. He has achieved success working with clients who have sustained catastrophic impairments associated with motor vehicle accident injuries, and clients who have had a wide variety of other occupational and non-occupational injuries and illnesses. He is expert at fulfilling the challenging rehabilitation needs of clients with chronic pain and mental health conditions.


Mr. Campbell holds Master of Education degrees in Educational Psychology and Counseling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and is a Registered Psychotherapist. His Master of Business Administration degree was earned at Western’s Ivey Business School. He holds the Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor Certification (CCRC), Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and Canadian Certified Life Care Planner (CCLCP) designations, and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (CARP).


Assisting persons with serious disabilities through rehabilitation counselling is Jamie’s main passion and practice focus. His research interests include social skills training programs for children and adolescents with emotional/behavioural disorders, and academic achievement and social adjustment of children and adolescents who have had concussions.


Jennifer Breckels - Social Worker & Regional Manager (London)

 BA, BSW, RSW

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Social


Work from the University of Waterloo. Jennifer is registered and in good standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Jennifer provides social work assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents and adults in the London area who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. She has worked with an assortment of agencies including child welfare, mental health and various community organizations. Jennifer has extensive experience providing support to clients including children, adolescents and adults. She has worked collaboratively with various professionals to ensure all needs of a client are met within the larger family and community system. Jennifer has training and experience working with diverse and disadvantaged populations, including working with people who have mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, addiction issues or are involved in the criminal justice system.

 

Judith Wiens – Social Worker & Regional Manager (Hamilton/Niagara-Western GTA)

BSW, MSW, RSW

Judith is registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a Registered Rehabilitation Professional with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association who provides counselling services at Rehab First Inc. out of the London office. 



 

Judith provides counselling, case management, community re-integration, and vocational services for Rehab First Inc. throughout the Niagara Region. Judith has worked in community settings providing assessments and case management for a variety of clients including those with developmental, physical and intellectual disabilities. Judith brings with her more than ten years of management and supervisory experience.  Judith is experienced in providing individual, couples, children/adolescent, and family counselling bringing with her extensive experience in the field of disabilities, mental health, addictions, and crisis intervention strategies. Judith graduated with a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work (BSW/MSW) from the University of Manitoba and she is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

 

Marika Elters – Social Worker

RECE, BSW, RSW

Marika Elters earned an Honours Bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor. During her studies Marika completed professional training in evidence-based therapeutic approaches, as well as numerous practicum placements. Her placements provided therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

As a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services, Marika is committed to engaging in continuing education in accordance with the requirements of her college.

Marika has extensive experience working with children and families. She specializes in child welfare with the aim of fostering care to children who are experiencing a complex set of cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs.

 

Melissa Eberhardt-Markle – Social Worker

B.A. Sociology, B.S.W.

Melissa is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She graduated from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario obtaining an Honours degree in Social Work and Sociology. Melissa provides counselling and case management services for Rehab First within the Hamilton and surrounding area. 

Melissa has extensive experience working with individuals in the area of mental health and addictions, in addition to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Melissa is currently enrolled in the MSW program at Wilfrid Laurier University in order to enhance her capacity to support individuals and their families work through crisis, grief and trauma. Melissa works from a client-directed, trauma-informed perspective in a way that supports the unique needs of individuals and their families. She offers a variety of therapeutic interventions that attend to presenting issues with an aim of supporting recovery and empowering individuals to regain control over their quality of life.

 

Nicole Dutchak – Social Worker & Regional Director (Hamilton)

BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Nicole Dutchak is a Regional Director with Rehab First Inc. She is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Nicole has provided counselling and case management services to clients in the Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara regions since 2012. Nicole is an experienced practitioner in both community and healthcare settings. As a medical social worker, Nicole conducted psychosocial assessments, case management, and discharge planning in areas such as internal medicine, complex care, neo-natal intensive care and the emergency department. She also provided specialized assessments within a regional mental health program. As a community practitioner, Nicole worked in residential treatment settings and provided counselling, case management and recreational support to individuals who experienced severe and persistent mental health concerns. Nicole is skilled in providing individual, couple, and family counselling. She is also experienced with working in group settings. Nicole has extensive experience in providing support to individuals and families who are adjusting to injury or illness. She has particular expertise in the areas of traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, addictions, and pain management.


Nicole is passionate about her profession and feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with individuals who are recovering from motor vehicle accidents, occupational or non-occupational injuries or illnesses. She utilizes a client-centered approach in order to empower clients to regain their independence and look forward to the future. Nicole holds Bachelor Degrees from McMaster University in Sociology and Social Work. She holds a Master Degree in Social Work with a specialization in clinical practice, also from McMaster University. Nicole is also fluent in French.

 

Nicole Gardin - Social Worker 

CYW, BA SDS, MSW, RSW 

Nicole has a Bachelor of Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo and holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Wilfrid Laurier. Nicole is registered and in good standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Nicole will be providing social work assessment and treatments services to children, adolescents and adults in the London area who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents.

 

Nicole started her career as a Child and Youth Worker working with various children, youth and families struggling with diverse social, emotional and behavioural challenges. She also worked as a support worker for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Nicole has training and experience in working with clients who have experienced trauma providing individual and family counselling. During her internship in a hospital setting she also provided support and counselling for children and families adjusting to a chronic illness. Throughout her experience she has worked on variety of multi-disciplinary teams and collaborated with other community professionals.

 

Olivia Abbas - Social Worker 

BSW, RSW

Olivia is a Registered Social Worker and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Olivia graduated from the University of Western Ontario earning an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree. Working in the London area, Olivia is providing social work assessments and services to those who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions. Olivia has experience working within the school system, child welfare agencies, and non-for-profit organizations. Through these experiences, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations, including children with developmental and cognitive disabilities, people struggling with mental health issues, those struggling with addictions, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and those diagnosed with brain tumours. In her experience, Olivia has worked collaboratively with clients and professionals to ensure that the needs of the client and family are met.

 

Samantha Boddington – Social Worker

BSW, RSW

Samantha Boddington is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Laurentian University. Samantha has training and experience working with individuals and families with lived experience of trauma. She has worked with several agencies providing trauma-informed support as a counsellor, community educator, and child welfare worker. With experience employing a range of effective counselling modalities to support well-being and growth, Samantha is equip to tailor services to the unique goals and needs of each individual and family she works with. 

 

Sara Jane Cresswell – Social Worker

MSW, RSW

Sara Jane Cresswell is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Sara Jane holds Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor, an Addiction Caseworker Diploma from McMaster University and a Certificate in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from Humber College.   Sara Jane provides counselling services to clients in the Toronto and Durham Region.

Sara Jane has worked in the social industry since 1992 and has extensive experience supporting clients in a therapeutic environment, providing supportive counselling in their individual recovery and wellness specializing in the areas of mental health and addiction. Sara Jane has worked in residential treatment settings and provided counselling, case management and support to individuals who experienced severe and persistent mental health and substance abuse disorders. She is also experienced with working in group settings, providing group therapy and is well versed working with individuals with Post Traumatic Stress and disordered eating.

Sara Jane has experience working with clients using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (which focuses on 4 main areas; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Relationships, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation) and Solution Focused Approach Therapy (concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems).
 

Tanya Jonkman - Social Worker

BSW, MSW, RSW

Tanya Jonkman is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Tanya Jonkman obtained a Bachelors of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University. Tanya has extensive experience working with individuals and families throughout the continuum of care in both community and healthcare settings. She has worked with individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries and with those adjusting to chronic illness and disability. Tanya has experience working with a range of client populations including pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and older adults.
 

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