Our Team

April Kennedy
April Kennedy, M.Ed., CCC, Director

I joined the UNB Counselling Team in 2008 and while some aspects of mental health services have changed and evolved since that time, the passion I have for this work and my commitment to helping students has remained solid.  Witnessing the strength, growth and resilience of students is an honour and I hold a deep sense of gratitude for being able to do something I truly enjoy.  When I’m not in the office, I can be found combing the beach for seaglass, watching the birds or enjoying a good cup of coffee. 

Counselling Therapists

Erin Crossland, M.Ed., CCC

I have had the privilege of counselling UNB & STU students at UNB Counselling Services since 2009. I love working in a campus community and the diversity of individuals within it. University fosters a great deal of growth, resilience and change and I am grateful to help guide, support and validate students along their university journey. In sessions I aim to provide a safe, empathic and comfortable environment for students. I bring kindness, sincerity, humor, connection, mindfulness, curiosity, goofy analogies, and my background in team environments & athletics to support students and challenge them to build upon their skills and strengths. When I am not working with students in my comfy purple office chairs, I can be found around campus promoting the UNB Campus Wellness activities & initiatives. In my free time, I can be found cheering from the sidelines at many of the Reds games, travelling, or at a park, hiking trail or waterfall with my family! I also won’t ever be too far from a good cup of tea, plate of nachos or anything dill pickle flavored!

Jen Nickerson
Jen Nickerson, M.Ed.

I am excited to be in a counselling role with such a caring campus community. I consider myself to be a mindful counsellor and I approach therapy from a client-centered, compassionate lens while using a variety of mindfulness based practices. I am passionate about helping others access their inner resources and strengthen their resilience. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy hot yoga and recharging in nature by taking trips to the ocean, hiking, and camping.

Susan Lee, M.SW, RSW (currently on leave)

I am from Saint John, N.B. and am happy to join the UNB Counselling team after working and studying in post-secondary support in Ottawa and overseas. I like to bring warmth, curiosity, humour and creative energy to my engagement with students. I believe students have deep resources of inner wisdom and strength that when drawn upon and cultivated can lead to a healthier, more meaningful and satisfying life. Helping make the university a welcoming place for First Nations students, first-generation students and international students is something I value. I am LGBTQ+ positive and open to ways of being which may be different from mainstream societal expectations. When I’m not at UNB, I enjoy going out to see live music, walking in nature, connecting with family and friends, and crafting.

Kate Gates, Counsellor
Kate Gates, M.Ed., CCC
Sarah Johnson, M.Ed., CCC

I am originally from the West Coast, but have called UNB “home” since 2015, and joined the Counselling Services team in 2018. I love our campus community, and find working with university students to be both rewarding and inspiring! It is an honour to witness people harnessing their inner strength and resilience in the process of personal growth, and making progress toward their goals. In addition to individual counselling, I enjoy facilitating therapeutic groups, and believe strongly in the power of human connection as an agent of change.  In my free time, I am an enthusiastic dog and cat mom, plant collector, traveler and foodie. I practice hot yoga daily, and will sing its praises to anyone who’ll listen!

Mathieu Cormier, M.Ed., CCC
I am originally from the ever-so-distant shores of Moncton, New Brunswick, though I have called the capital region my home now for over a decade. In counselling, I tend to vary my approach between cognitive-behavioural and interpersonal techniques based on need. I also have a very strong penchant for tenets of positive psychology and will often work to focus sessions on things like creativity, personal growth, and prosocial behaviour.  I am fluently bilingual and can offer counselling in both French and English on request.
Matthew MacLean, M.Ed., LCT, Mental Health Strategist

As the Mental Health Strategist, I am responsible for helping UNB craft a comprehensive, multi-component and targeted plan to support student well-being and mental health across campus.  I've previously worked at UNB in the Student Accessibility Centre and spent several years at NBCC before returning to UNB for my current role.  When not at work, I enjoy making experimental soups, playing complicated board and card games and practicing yoga.

Support Staff

Tanya Jones
Tanya Jones, Administrative Assistant

I have been with Counselling Services since 2004 and love helping students!  I also love working with our team to provide the best service to students possible.  In addition to helping students, I am the plant caretaker at Counselling and routinely send students home with a little baby plant of their very own.  When I’m not on the 2nd Floor of the CC Jones Student Services Centre, I can most likely be found at the local hockey arena or cuddling with my rescue Beagle - Beau.