MEET THE TEAM
Roxina Keith (McCarthy) is a native of Saint John and can trace her family origins (on both sides) back a couple of generations to the Irish immigrants who came here during the Potato Famine. She was raised in East Saint John where she attended Glen Falls School as a child, Simonds Junior High as a young teenager, and graduated from Simonds High School in 1973.
Roxina moved west to Toronto, Ontario in 1975. She completed a Social Services Techniques certificate at Seneca College of Technology (1978), a B.A. in Psychology at York University (1988) and then worked in the helping field for many years. Her work experience includes a crisis line, women’s social action committees in Toronto, a downtown Toronto YMCA hostel for 16 to 25-year-old homeless men, two well known therapeutic treatment residences for teenagers with emotional difficulties (Youthdale Treatment Centres and Jewish Family & Child Services), and two residential settings for adults with developmental disabilities (The Reena Foundation and the Salvation Army).
In 1991, Roxina and her husband relocated to the small, rural town of Bancroft, Ontario where she continued to work in the social services sector for a few more years before deciding to change careers. She attended a condensed one-year Administrative Assistant course at a private local college and graduated Dean’s List as well as top marks for the entire graduating class (1999).
Roxina was hired as a part time Office Manager for a hearing aid dispensary in Bancroft and through various efforts helped grow the business to the point that her job became full time. After six years of employment, she moved on to an Administrative Assistant position at a not for profit, volunteer based, seniors’ support organization called Community Care North Hastings (recently renamed Care North Hastings). Over the course of 10 years of employment with this agency, Roxina developed skill sets in supervision, management and leadership and was promoted to Executive Assistant then to Manager of Programs & Services and finally to Manager of Operations. Her final job as Manager of Operations was the equivalent of an Executive Director position; managing the day to day operations, regularly reporting on financial and service activity to the agency’s major provincial funder (the South East Local Health Integration Network or the SE LHIN) and was accountable to a Board of Directors.
Roxina loves to create order out of chaos and also loves working with people. She has been called Rocky, Rocky Marciano, Rocky Mountains, Roxsie, Roxanne, Rosanne, Rosina, Roxini, Rochelle, and one time … Noxzema!
BSW, RSW, MSW – Founder
Judy is the former Executive Director of Gentle Path Counselling Services, a non- profit agency, which she founded in 1998. She holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from Dalhousie University and has 24 years of Counselling experience. For seven years, she worked as a Probation and Parole Officer with the Province of New Brunswick and co-facilitated the Community Sex Offender Treatment Program for adult male offenders convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault.
While employed with Family Services as a Counsellor, Judy developed numerous Educational Programs including Recapturing a Lost Childhood; The Gentle Path to the Twelve Steps; Parent Works; Women, Anger & Depression; Your Perfect Right; Women and Self-Esteem and Men, Anger and Self-Esteem. Similar programs are offered at Gentle Path as well as Support Group Programs – Rebuild and Move On; CoDA and Women of Worth – all of which were designed by Judy.
Judy is registered with the Hague Convention to prepare Inter-Country Adoptions; she has completed one hundred or more Home Studies as well as many Home Studies requested by Family Court for custody/access disputes. Currently, Gentle Path Counselling Services administers the International Adoption Program for the Province of New Brunswick, and Judy supervises several social workers throughout the Province who complete Home Study Assessments for adopting couples. Judy also does International Adoption training for couples adopting internationally and trains other social workers in this field.
She is a Supervisor of Field Placement opportunities for Nursing and Social Work students and a Board Member of the John Howard Society and Sophia Recovery Centre for Women. A book she wrote about Anger Management for Women – Cage Your Rage – was published and is available for sale through Gentle Path or the American Correctional Association. Currently, she is completing a Certificate in Mediation through the University of Prince Edward Island.
BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Christine Brittain is a part-time counsellor with Gentle Path. Her counselling focus is primarily with children and families. Christine graduated in 2002 with her Masters of Social Work from the Maritime School of Social Work – Dalhousie University. Her Masters specialization was in Child and Family welfare and family violence. Christine focuses on a collaborative, strength based, solution focused practice.
Christine works full-time as a Child Protection Supervisor with the Department of Social Development. Christine was the 2005 recipient of the Dr. David Stephen Foundation Award of Distinction, an award which recognizes an individual’s contribution to the elimination of Child Abuse.
Christine is a Board Member of the Community Camps Association (providing summer camping experiences for low-income, single parent families); and Living Waters Child Development Center.
BSW, MSW, RSW
Sarah began working at Gentle Path as a part time counsellor in November 2011. She received her Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University in 2011. Sarah has worked at various non-profit counselling agencies throughout the Maritimes since 2007.
She provides couples’ counselling and individual counselling on issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, healing from abuse and stress management. She works from a solution-focused, strengths based approach.
MA—Counselling Psychology, CCC.
Jennifer grew up in Saint John, NB. She has always had a passion for helping others and learning new ways to grow as a person and a professional. She obtained her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Degree from Yorkville University in November 2014 and her undergraduate degree from the University of New Brunswick
(Saint John Campus) in 2000.
After graduation, she worked in the local school system and worked close to 10 years in the financial industry. Jennifer completed her practicum at Gentle Path and is now working there as a counsellor. She is also a facilitator for some educational programs and the Women of Worth support group offered by Gentle Path Counselling Services.
BA, MEd- Special Education, MA- Counselling Psychology
Tracey is a part- time counsellor with Gentle Path and also facilitates a support group for women. She provides individual counselling to mainly adults who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and relationships.
Tracey graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University in 1998, with a focus in Gerontology and Sociology. She received her Masters of Education in Special Education in 2006 from Longwood University and her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2013 from Yorkville University. Although she received her official license through Canadian Professional Counsellors Association in 2014, she has worked in different counselling setting since 2000, including a wilderness program for adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems.
In addition to her work at Gentle Path, Tracey works as a full-time Resource Teacher with Anglophone South School District.
B.A., M.Ed., R.T.C., C.C.C
Bruce is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and has Reality Therapy Certification through the William Glasser Institute. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick, with an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations: Counselling. Bruce also has Teaching Certification with the New Brunswick Community College, and is a certified Life Skills Coach. He is a native Saint Johner, and is married with seven children.
MSW, M Ed, M A and M Div degrees
from Canadian universities.
Chris has worked as a mental health therapist, an addictions counsellor and a college counsellor in inpatient and outpatient as well as urban and rural settings with a variety of populations. He recently returned to Saint John after working for years in Alberta, BC, and the Northwest Territories. Both a registered social worker and a certified Canadian counsellor.
PhD sociologist, Master’s level registered Psychologist
Dr. Ayalah Aylyn is a PhD sociologist and Master’s level registered psychologist in New Brunswick as well as Alta/NT/Nunavut. Her background is in community/counselling psychology. Aylyn has extensive training in cross-cultural and indigenous issues; trauma and resiliency issues; projective art as therapy; cognitive-experiential logo-therapy and several other therapeutic modalities. Her clients are encouraged and empowered to utilize which modality of therapy works best for them. Aylyn works with adults.
From a positive psychology perspective and utilizing a trauma and resiliency model, Aylyn had a part-time private practice in Edmonton for several years that dealt with individuals who had experienced severe domestic or international trauma (i.e. refugee/immigrant populations). During that time, she taught both psychology and sociology courses at the University of Alberta, and other colleges and universities. Prior to moving to New Brunswick, she has been involved in international humanitarian work
On both a national and international basis, and through the combined fields of both sociology and psychology, Aylyn has followed a strong commitment towards empowering those who are disempowered. As a result of such a belief system, she's committed to working with populations who are economically (or otherwise) disadvantaged. She is therefore very happy to be working as a psychologist at Gentle Path Counselling services.
BA, MA—Professional Counseling, CCC
Natalie is a part-time counselor with Gentle Path and just joined the team in 2018. She completed her BA in Ministry with a Christian Counseling focus at Kingswood University, graduating in 2015. Natalie then went on to earn her MA in Professional Counseling through Liberty University and graduated in December of 2017.
Natalie works from a solution-focused, client-centered, strengths-based approach to help individuals, couples, and groups with issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, and grief. Natalie has particular interest in marriage and family counseling and loves to work with children and families.
B.A., M.Div., MSc., D. Min., CCC
John’s theoretical counselling orientation is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). John is a part time counsellor at Gentle Path and will see clients for a variety of reasons such as but not limited to depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, anger management, grief, spiritual and religious difficulties, self-esteem, marriage and marital separation and divorce.
John has earned degrees from both Canada and The United States of America: B.A. (Crandall University), M.Div., (Acadia University), MS (CMHC) (Walden University), D. Min., (Acadia University). John is also a professional member of The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC). In 2014, John was invited to join the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society of Professional Counsellors.
John is the minister of Grace Presbyterian Church and serves on several boards and committees within the city such as The John Howard Society, Coverdale Center for Women, and Grace Foundation.
B.A. - Psychology, M.A. – Counselling Psychology,
Ed.D. – Education (Curriculum & Instruction), CCC
Dr. Tawnya Fanjoy works as a part-time counsellor for Gentle Path Counselling Services. Tawnya received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus, in 2006, her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University Fredericton Campus in 2008, and she obtained her Doctorate of Education degree specializing in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University located in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2015.
As well as working with Gentle Path, Tawnya is a part-time university professor for Yorkville University instructing Masters level psychology courses. She is also a board member for the Learning Disabilities Association Saint John Chapter. Tawnya provides counselling services, using a Solution-Focused approach, to help children, adults, couples, and families deal with issues related to anger, anxiety, death, depression, guilt, relationships, self-esteem, and stress. Tawnya also provides counselling services to clients who have learning disabilities and clients who have epilepsy.
Executive Assistant for the Inter-Country Adoption Program for the Province of New Brunswick
Brianna has been with Gentle Path for almost a year now. She started as the Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator but has since absorbed the responsibility of Gentle Path's Inter-Country Adoption Program. Brianna moved to Saint John from Montreal in May of 2016 after the completion of a Double Major Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and History from McGill University. Brianna's role in the Inter-Country Adoption Program is to guide prospective adoptive parent(s) through the required process of international adoption as mandated by the provincial government. Her position entails helping individuals to understand provincial and international requirements, as well as organizing the province's mandatory adoption training. Brianna feels fortunate to have the opportunity to connect with families across the province of New Brunswick and offer support throughout their adoption journey.
Brianna looks forward to continuing her work at Gentle Path both as a mental health advocate and as the designated Executive Assistant for the Inter-Country Adoption Program for the Province of New Brunswick.
GENTLE PATH ASSOCIATES
(BSc, RD) Registered Dietician
Karen Simon is a graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She then completed her dietetic internship at the Moncton Hospital. She has been working in private practice since 1990. Karen can provide “nutrition counselling in areas of nutrition:” such as: wellness, weight loss, diabetes cholesterol management, healthy eating, and menu planning. Karen can provide counselling to both children and adults.
Accredited Financial Counsellor through the AFCPE, and also certified under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
Ashley has served consumers in Saint John and the Atlantic Provinces for over 20 years with the utmost care and compassion. Ashley’s responsibilities included helping individuals and couples with money and debt management through personal and group counselling, as well as financial education. As part of her responsibilities, Ashley facilitated workshops and delivered presentations to large and small groups on the wise use of consumer credit, money management, budgeting, and its impact on their lives. She also liaised with financial institutions, Community Colleges and public schools, social services, non-profits, hospitals, businesses, and government agencies. Ashley has volunteered with the PALS program, the Canadian Cancer Society, Romero House and an elementary school financial literacy program.