Meet The OCD North Team
Located in Barrie, Ontario, our team is a growing group of commited individuals from a wide range of different backgrounds. We were brought together by our passion to provide the best treatment available for our clients: Exposure and Response Prevention. Continue reading to learn a little more about us.
Merrisa Bragg Clinical Director
Merrisa Bragg, MSW, RSW, is the founder of OCD North.
Merrisa is Certified in Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP or Ex/RP) for the treatment of OCD by the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Which is not yet recognized in Canada). Merrisa has helped hundreds of children, adults, and their families find a path to recovery through Exposure with Response Prevention and family-based treatment. Her joy comes from empowering individuals and parents by teaching them how to live with and overcome OCD while instilling confidence to tackle their own unique hurdles to have a bright and successful future.
Merrisa is an avid runner and enjoys boating on the Georgian Bay.
April Vass Clinician
April Vass, MSW, RSW
April is a Social Worker and is trained in Exposure with Response Prevention for the treatment of OCD at the CTSA, Perleman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
April's social work career has been in the mental health field, supporting those in crisis in the community and hospital setting. During her career, April has learned about the immense impact OCD has on one's life and that recovery is possible with proper treatment!
April supports adolescents, adults, families, and, couples navigate OCD recovery. April hopes to teach individuals how to become their own champions in their recovery process using ERP.
April enjoys spending time in the gym and loves hiking local trails in the summer and fall seasons.
Teresa Harris Clinician
Teresa Harris, MSW, RSW
Teresa is a Social Worker/Psychotherapist and is trained in Exposure with Response Prevention for the treatment of OCD at the CTSA, Perleman School of Medicine, University of
Teresa has several years of experience within Hospice/Palliative Care supporting those who are
living with a life-limiting illness or who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Teresa has also practiced psychotherapy in support of individuals experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. Whether working with children, youth, adults, or families, the opportunity to provide an effective therapeutic, client-centered approach to those living with OCD is a very rewarding experience and a privilege.
Teresa enjoys creative pursuits of all kinds and time on the lake in her kayak.
Jessica Sibley Clinician
Jessica Sibley, MSW, RSW
With roots in social planning and community development, Jessica works closely with an evidence-based framework and seeks to empower and encourage her clients to meet their needs, goals, and aspirations.
Sarah Bryson Coming soon!
Sarah Bryson, MSW, RSW
Sarah greatly values person and family-centred care. Sarah practices from a solution-focused and goal-oriented framework, blending the tenants of cognitive behavioural theory into her work with clients and their families. Positive client outcomes are what matter most to Sarah and for this reason, she is committed to evidence-based therapies.
Alyssa Donato Clinic Manager
Alyssa is the oil to our machine and our clients love her. Alyssa puts 100% effort into our clinic and it's that commitment that our clients and staff really appreciate about her. She has experience managing multidisciplinary clinics as well as other small businesses.
Alyssa is a trained birth doula and early childhood educator (ECE).
Rana Mitwaly Intake Coordinator
Rana has completed her studies in English and Professional Writing and Communication at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She has experience as an editor, tutor, and receptionist and is excited to provide service to all those at the clinic.
Rana enjoys creative writing, sketching, and archery.
Shaina Charles Marketing Director
Shaina is an MSW student with a degree in Psychology from Laurentian University.
Shaina was introduced to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and ERP therapy while completing her practicum at OCD North and quickly developed a desire to advocate for this community.
Shaina is excited to use her creativity and social work education as tools to raise awareness on OCD and to create resources that will add value to the lives of individuals and families affected by OCD who need community and empowerment. Shaina wants to make sure that education and resources on OCD are accessible, relevant, and meaningful!
Shaina is an avid reader, loves to doodle, and is teaching herself calligraphy!