Jeff Packer MSW, RSW
Jeff obtained his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in 1991, specializing in clinical individual, couple/marital and group counselling, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Sociology from York University (1989). Over the past twenty-five years, Jeff has provided professional counselling and psychotherapy services in his private practice, with the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, Whitby Mental Health Centre, Durham Family Court Clinic, Catholic Family Services and with the John Howard Society.
In addition, he has attended extensive training on marriage and family therapy, diabetes & treatment adherence, trauma and recovery, eating disorders, abuse & domestic violence, criminal behaviour and rehabilitation, parenting and parent-child behavioural adjustment, sexuality, substance misuse/addictions and separation and divorce adjustment. He is active in the development, training and delivery of effective mental health, marriage enrichment and parenting workshops.
Jeff provides training services across Canada, teaches counselling skills, social work, human relations training, delivers inspirational and informative seminars at universities, colleges, to corporations and business work teams. He also provides clinical supervision, consultation and public speaking. Jeff is a Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, is a registered clinical social worker with the OCSWSSW and has been a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Canadian Association of Social Workers since 1990.
Jeff is happily married to Susan, his loving wife of over thirty years. They have three adult children, Daniel, Hannah and Andrew. Jeff has coached fifteen years in the NASC soccer association, provides consultation toward the development and delivery of effective mental health, health and social service initiatives and is an active member in his church.
Dan Blomme, M Ed (Couns. Psych), CCC
Dan has been a practicing counsellor in the GTA since 2006. He obtained his Master’s of Education degree from University of Toronto/OISE in 2010, specializing in Counselling Psychology for Community and Educational Settings. Prior to this, he obtained a Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counselling from Durham College in 2006. He also completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trent University in 2001. He is currently completing his certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also through the University of Toronto.
Dan worked for 5 years as an Addictions Counsellor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [CAMH] in Toronto, spending three years working in the Day Treatment/Outpatient programs and two years working in the Residential/In-patient program. While the focus of treatment in both programs was on reducing or eliminating addictive behaviours, effective treatment also included approaches that effectively address depression, grief and anxiety. Dan was also the national coordinator and a peer counsellor for a telephone counselling service for English speakers living in Japan while living and working in Japan with his wife between 2002 and 2005.
Dan is currently a full-time college professor in the Addictions and Mental Health [ADMH] and Social Service Worker [SSW] programs at Durham College. He teaches a number of courses focusing on contemporary theories and clinical treatment of addiction and mood disorders, which allows him to stay current in research and best practices. Dan has provided professional assessment and counselling services for the students at both Durham College and UOIT with the Student Health Centre.
Dan is happily married to Jennifer and they are the proud parents of two young children, Simon and Charlotte. Dan is also a regular yoga practitioner, runner and musician.
Susan Packer BASc, BEd, Mdiv Counselling
Susan received a Masters of Divinity degree in Counselling from Tyndale University & Seminary in Toronto. She specializes in individual, family and couple counselling. Susan majored in Family Studies at the University of Guelph where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Susan also completed the Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Western Ontario. This led to a fulfilling thirty-year career as an educator in Durham Region. Susan’s desire to assist individuals, couples and families with problem solving and conflict management led her to pursue a graduate degree in counselling. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists and is currently working toward certification with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists.
Susan’s employment experience includes conducting home visits for the Ministry of Community and Social Services and volunteer work at a group home for sexually abused teenaged girls. Susan has had the opportunity to prepare and present various workshops for women. She introduced Narrative Theory to help the participants better understand the development of their personal interpretation of sex and sexuality. Susan also presented Cognitive Behavioural Theory as a tool to navigate life’s transitions. Jeff & Susan collaborated on the development of a manual and a full day couples’ retreat outlining seven spheres of intimacy: emotional, experiential, recreational/social, sexual, conflict/crisis, intellectual and spiritual intimacy. During her internship at Salvation Army Family and Community Services Susan worked with individuals, couples and groups to overcome concerns related to anger management, anxiety, depression and self-esteem.
Having raised three children together with her husband Jeff, Susan is aware of the trials and rewards of parenting. Similarly, thirty years of marriage has provided Susan with considerable experience and skills in nurturing a happy, healthy marital relationship. Susan’s involvement in the life and work of her church is important to her. She has been active in leadership of the Small Group ministry and enjoys connecting with the children as a regular story teller.
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Nicole Bolotenko SSW Dip, BA, MEd
Nicole is an associate intern with Jeff Packer & Associates Inc where she trained during her has final work practicum. She has completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology with the University of Toronto. She has also obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and her Social Service Worker diploma. Over the past ten years Nicole has been working in the social service field with various organizations such as Distress Centre Durham, Community Living Oshawa Clarington and Durham Mental Health Services.
Over the years Nicole has also begun to develop her professional skills through various trainings and workshops on topics such as suicide prevention and intervention, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and various mental health issues. Now as an associate with Jeff Packer & Associates Inc. she is excited to be assisting people in individual, couple and groups counselling and psychotherapy. She also looks forward to continuing to provide workshops on helping couples, those who find themselves in distress, parenting and on evidence-based mental health approaches. She hopes to continue her professional developmental to better serve and support people.
Nicole is happily married to her husband Chris. In addition to her passion to help others she also enjoys yoga, volunteering, meditation and reading.
Deborah Samuel MA, RN
Deborah completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University in 2016. She is currently working under the supervision of Jeff Packer. Deborah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1997 from the University of Toronto, after completing three years of undergraduate work in Psychology at York University.
Deborah worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years with the Maternal-Infant Program at Mackenzie Health. She was a Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery nurse and has extensive Pediatric, Antepartum, and Post-partum experience. Deborah currently works in the field of Diabetes, as a Diabetes Clinical Specialist. Her passion for Type 1 diabetes and the psychological aspects of living with Type 1 have been the source of her inclination to complete her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Deborah has been invited to share her passion for the psychology of diabetes across the country at several speaking engagements focused on empowering health care professionals.
Deborah is happily married twenty years this past May. Together with her husband Stefan, she has been privileged to raise four beautiful children—Steffei, Braeden, Caleb and Cordeley. Deborah is a very proud hockey Mom who enjoys reading, the outdoors, cooking, and all things family oriented.