Roman Rytsar, PhD, RP, CSAT

Gerard Vardy The Whitestone Clinic Ottawa Counsellor

Roman Rytsar, PhD, RP, CSAT

Independent Contractor

Languages: English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian
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Since 2012, Roman has been serving patients, families, and staff, as a full-time chaplain at The Ottawa Hospital.

Roman’s approach is to use psychotherapy when working with people in distress, crisis, dealing with grief, guilt, and losses. In his practice, he assesses spiritual and emotional needs using a Client-Centered approach with tools of Rogerian, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Spiritually Focused therapy, Existential, and Emotionally-Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). Roman’s main focus is to support those facing crisis situations; sexual addiction; listening and facilitating communication; responding to their spiritual needs using their own spiritual tools; guiding through grief process. His main goal is to promote hope encourage healing, to achieve peace, and to heal broken relationships.

Roman holds a doctoral degree in Eastern Christian Theology from Saint Paul University. He is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Roman finished two basic and two advanced units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Roman became a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), one of a few in Ottawa. Roman finished basic training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), and is in the process of obtaining full certification.

Additionally, Roman is offering counselling through Zoom. Roman is able to offer part-time psychotherapy services as an Independent Contractor to The Whitestone Clinic. Roman offers services in the languages of English, Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian.

Joined The Whitestone Clinic in June 2018
CRPO Licence #002192

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy


  • Porn and Sex Addiction
  • Grief
  • Guilt and Losses
  • Existential Meaning


  • CBT
  • Client-centered approach
  • Spiritually Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals
  • Existential Therapy
  • EMDR (Basic)


Begin your healing today!

root of addiction therapies

To Get To The Root of Addiction

English translation of an interview conducted by Dr. Pawel Sokolowski with Fr. Roman Rytsar, theologian and psychotherapist.

For the last two years you have been working in the Whitestone Clinic in Ottawa, Canada. What is this centre?

It is a unit that specializes in working with people addicted to sex and pornography, as well as with the partners of addicts.

How is it that you came to work with people addicted to sex and pornography?

I can say that this work rather found me and not me looking for this job. After completing my doctoral studies in theology at St. Paul University in Ottawa, I asked God what to do next. I became a chaplain at the hospital, where I minister to this day. I have been ministering not only to Catholics, but also for people of various beliefs, including non-believers.