What is Counselling?
Counselling deals with issues that are negatively affecting the quality of life of an individual. These issues may relate to personal growth and struggle which may manifest in depression, shame, fear, low self-value, stress, burnout, addictions, anxiety or loneliness. With relational issues, the client may be experiencing emotional / mental pain, rejection, abuse, loss, conflict or marital issues. Spiritual issues such as a faith crisis, fear, doubt, confusion, warfare may be affecting the client’s relationship with God and their ministry. The goal of counselling is to offer support, encouragement, challenge to assist and promote growth and healing and freedom in Christ. This transpires in a trusting, confidential relationship between a client and a trained professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
From the counsellor list, select the counsellor you feel would be best for you based on location and their credentials. Call the counsellor directly, identify yourself as a credential holder of the Western Ontario District of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and request an appointment. Additionally, feel free to contact Tom Colwell (Credential Health Network Director) at 1-519-977-3277 should you have questions about the counsellors.
Contact Tom Colwell (Credential Health Network Director) at 1-519-977-3277 and he will be most pleased to take time with you.
Be assured your confidentiality is paramount; therefore, safeguards have been put in place to protect your information. If your situation is one in which subsidy has been requested of the Western Ontario District, there may be situations that arise when a counsellor feels it necessary to connect with Tom Colwell. Your situation will be referred to by a client number only. Therefore, your written consent is mandatory if any personal information is released.
Prior to requesting financial assistance for counselling, the Western Ontario District asks you to make use of any insurance coverage you may have. If you do not have any coverage or more help is needed, the district has a designated fund for such requests.
Assistance may be approved for WOD credential holders, spouses or immediate family members up to $120 per hour for the first six sessions. The counsellors who are members of our network have been provided with a Fees Subsidy Application and guidelines. The amount that you pay will be based on a sliding fee scale. The counsellor submits the Fees Subsidy Application and invoice to the district office for payment following completed sessions.
When you call the counsellor to make an appointment, you will need to identify yourself to the counsellor. The counsellor, when accepting you as a client, will contact Tom Colwell (or his assistant) to obtain a coded file number. When the counsellor sends in an invoice (less any deductions) to the district, the only information on the account is the file number. (Never is any personal information exchanged.)
In all subsidy situations, the counsellor has been requested to submit a written summary/recommendation to Tom Colwell after session five in which it is to be explained (without disclosing your name) why additional sessions are needed. Tom Colwell will communicate approval/disapproval directly to the counsellor once a decision has been made. The extension of subsidized sessions is a maximum of four totalling 10 sessions in all.
Counsellors are to assist with crisis management (ie. a sudden death in the church, a serious trauma, to family or congregation member). Tom Colwell can direct you to other resources, such as workshops, marriage seminars or retreats. Please visit the Credential Health Network Resources page for a list of helpful options.
WOD Approved Counsellors
|Esther Allison||Esther Allison Counselling||Fergus||519-803-8464||http://www.estherallison.ca/|
|Mr. Richard (Rick) Carrol||Family Life Ministries||Brantford||519-732-5882||http://www.familylifeministries.net|
|Mr. Dan Watterworth||Bayridge Counselling Centres||Hamilton||905-319-1488|
|Ms. Irene Cirella||York and Bay Counselling Centre||Hamilton||289-337-5363|
|Mr. Dick Degraaf||Dick Degraaf - Private Counselling||Kitchener||519-570-1894|
|Mr. Peter Dikih||Dikih Counselling and Leadership Support Services||Thorndale||519-461-1221||http://www.wisdomforlife.ca|
|Mr. Paul Douglass||Paul Douglass Counselling||Timmins||705-268-2500|
|Dr. Marta Durski||Durski Counselling||Oakville||905-849-4242||http://www.durskicounselling.com|
|Ms. Judy Emmerson||Emmerson Counselling Services||Burlington||905-867-8980|
|Ms. Eliane Gervais||Eliane Gervais - Private Counselling||Smooth Rock Falls||705-338-2163|
|Dr. Marion Goertz||Marion Goertz - Marriage Family and Sex Therapist||Toronto||416-218-6722||http://www.mariongoertz.com|
|Ms. B. Adriana Gorski||Affinity Counselling||Sudbury||705-525-0505||http://www.affinitypcs.ca|
|Dr. Wendy Hofman||Veritas Counselling Centre||Burlington||905-330-0493||http://www.veritascounsellingcentre.ca|
|Mr. Tim Kahtava||Northshore Family Centre||Sault Ste. Marie||705-945-6101|
|Mr. Murray Kingwell||Family Life Ministries||Brantford||519-732-5882||http://www.familylifeministries.net|
|Mr. Brian Maxwell||Brian Maxwell Counselling||Huntsville||705-789-3171|
|Mr. Ellis Nicolson||Ellis Nicolson and Associates||Mississauga||416-358-0290||http://www.ellisnicolson.com|
|Dr. Cheryl Noble||Dr. Cheryl Noble and Associates||Markham||905-201-1859||http://www.drcnoble.com|
|Mrs. Elaine Olson||EO Insights Counselling Services||Ilderton||519-666-3665||http://www.elaineolson.org|
|Mr. John Schurmann||Schurmann Counselling & Life Coaching||Markham||905-944-1711||http://www.coachme.ca|
|Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Skidmore||Elizabeth Skidmore - Private Counselling||Leamington||519-326-7100|
|Mr. Robert (Bob) Smiciklas||Bob Smiciklas - Family Life Counselling||Leamington||519-980-4996||http://www.FamilyLifeCounselling.ca|
|Dr. Maureen Smith-Grant||Emmaus Counselling Centre||Cambridge||519-621-6310||http://www.calvarycambridge.com|
|Mr. George Sukhdeo||Emerge Christian Counselling Ltd.||Brampton||416-460-4134||http://www.emergecounselling.ca|
|Mrs. Kristin Vandermolen||Bayridge Counselling Centre||Oakville||905-319-1488||http://www.bayridgecounsellingcentres.ca|
|Rev. Cheryl Ettinger-Neal||Ettinget-Neal Counselling Services||Burlington||905-340-0431|
|Mr. Terry Whitfield||Master Plan Services||Freelton||289-679-0176|
|Ms. Esanju Bonga||Southern Ontario Counselling Centre||St. Agatha||519-746-2323||http://www.socounselling.com/therapists/esanju-bonga/|
|Ms. Ann Stocker||Institute of Family Living||Toronto||416-487-3613 x209||http://www.ifl.on.ca|
|Mr. Murray Oppertshauser||Opperthauser and Associates||Waterloo||519-888-9550||http://www.careworks.ca|