We continue to offer counselling services via telephone, and hope to move into face to face appointments in September. We are currently accepting new referrals, which can be completed over the phone with our Administrative Assistant, or on our website.

For any questions or inquiries, you can contact us by phone at 579-0168, or by email at ruah@rcsj.org. Our summer office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-4:00 pm.

Our thoughts are with all our clients and their families and with the broader community during this difficult time.

Take care and stay safe.

About Us

Ruah Counselling Centre, a spiritually motivated not-for-profit agency, provides individual, couple and family counselling as well as psycho-educational groups. Our services seek to support interdependence between individuals, relationships, communities and our environments. We provide individual, couple and family counselling in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, stress, anger, worklife challenges, life transitions, parenting and interpersonal relationships.

Our psychosocial groups are based on the following five pillars:

  1. Parenting
  2. Relationship Building
  3. Wellness
  4. Youth
  5. Spirituality

Our services are client-focussed and goal-oriented. We provide professional counselling services in an environment which supports client autonomy and well-being.


Life in all its fullness, for individuals, families and communities.

Mission Statement

Ruah Counselling Centre believes in the intrinsic core values of each person, embracing their spirit as they strive to reach full potential. The Centre provides services through a client-centred approach that promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

We believe that each person deserves to be treated with honesty, respect, dignity and in accordance with ethical professional standards.

We commit to serving with unconditional positive regard, recognizing the equal value of all persons.

We strive to enhance and further develop community linkages and partnerships with a view to being more responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities.

We strive to provide evidence-based programs, designed to respond to the needs of individuals, families and communities. Programs are provided by competent professional staff.

We embrace the importance of inclusive, timely, and affordable services.

What does 'Ruah' mean?

The word “Ruah” is a Hebrew word that means “Spirit”. Ruah Counselling Centre believes in the intrinsic value of each person and in the need for steady attention to the quality of life we are creating for ourselves and our relationships.

Counselling can be an act of hope as we respond to the stirring within our lives to make changes to deepen self-awareness and relationships in a spirit of continual growth and development as people. Often, during one’s life stages, counselling may be needed to deal with serious life challenges and can require facing painful life experiences and issues that require exploring physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and/or social dimensions.

Ruah Board Members

Harold Stapleton


Catherine Blake

Vice Chair

Fr. David Louch


Msgr. Cecil Critch

Board Member

Austin Hawley

Board Member

Barbara Hawley

Board Member

Linda Holden

Board Member

Kim Kelly

Board Member

Pauline Lake-Devine

Director and Ex-officio Board Member

Maxine Power-Murrin

Board Member

Sheila Gollop

Board Member

Gerrie Smith

Board Member

Ruah Counselling Centre 

Contact Ruah Counselling Centre


The Lantern Building

35 Barnes Road

St. John’s, NL A1C 3X1


Pauline Lake-Devine,


Administrative Assistant

Samantha Lake

Tel: (709) 579-0168

Fax: (709) 579-2799

Email: ruah@rcsj.org

Counselling Staff

Amelia O'Dea, MSW, RSW

Susan Smart,

M.Ed. (Couns. Psych.) , CCC

Elizabeth Belbin, MSW, RSW