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Faith Centred Therapy & Counselling

We know how important it can be to receive counselling from someone who understands your belief system. Our therapists have experience and education in working with clients from many different church backgrounds, from clergy to seekers.

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Faith Centred Counselling

At The Whitestone Clinic, we believe that everyone needs to receive help with their mental health struggles regardless of creed or religion. 

We feel called upon to include God in our sessions with fellow believers, if this is something you would like to incorporate into your therapy sessions. We appreciate the particular shame that may accompany certain struggles within a church community context. Prayer, scripture and other appropriate resources are added to our work with Christ followers.

We know how important it can be to receive counselling from someone who understands your belief system. Our therapists have experience and education in working with clients from many different church backgrounds, from clergy to seekers. This is open to individual counselling as well as couples counselling. Our faith focused counselling is also available in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. 

Those who would like to bring Christ into their therapy sessions can benefit from spiritual well-being, hope, and healing while also learning skills to help you overcome your mental health struggles.

This service is also open to other faiths as well as non-denominational. If you have questions about our faith-based counselling, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Gerard Vardy The Whitestone Clinic Ottawa Counsellor

Rachelle McKinnon

MDiv (Clinical Counselling), Independent Contractor

Rachelle has always had a passion for hearing the authentic and unmasked stories of individuals from all walks of life. No story is insignificant, too small, or too messy. She provides counselling for a variety of life challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, boundaries, traumatic circumstances, betrayal trauma, life transitions and balance, spirituality, coping skills, and self-esteem.

She has a special interest in working with those who have experienced trauma. Having seen firsthand and in the testimonies of others the devastation and confusion that occurs while walking through sexual and betrayal trauma, she has a heart for coming alongside individuals in traumatic circumstances who are seeking a safe place to search for meaning, control and healing.

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Rachelle’s approach to counselling is to provide a warm, safe and inviting space for each client to share their story, while bringing her genuine self to each encounter and providing empathy, support and tools so clients feel heard and safe to be themselves and work together towards their goals.

Rachelle primarily uses person-centred, cognitive-behavioural and attachment approaches to counselling, and is educated in both culturally competent counselling and the integration of counselling and spirituality. She holds an MDiv in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University and is a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals. At The Whitestone Clinic, Rachelle provides counselling services under the supervision of Gerard Vardy, RP, D.Min., M.A., CCC.

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Gerard Vardy The Whitestone Clinic Ottawa Counsellor

Kelly Graham

BA, BTh, MDiv, Recovery Coach, Independent Contractor

Kelly has over twelve years of pastoral care and ministry experience in parishes both in Kingston and in Manotick. He has obtained degrees from Concordia University (BA – Theology/Psychology) and McGill University (BTh – Theology; MDiv – Pastoral Ministry).

The owner of Recovery Coach Ottawa, Kelly brings his experience to counsel and coach clients in task oriented recovery; working through exercises that aid the client in not only halting addictive behaviours, but also with tasks that work to uncover the root issues that lead to an addictive mindset. His coaching services will provide a scaffold of accountability until the client is able to create a framework for themselves.

Kelly Graham is the owner of Recovery Coach Ottawa.