Ruah Counselling Centre 


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.

Vision

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.

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

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

ENGAGEMENT
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.

EXCELLENCE
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.

ACCESS
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

Chairperson

Catherine Blake

Vice Chair

Matthew Aylward

Treasurer

Teresita Hearn

Secretary

Msgr. Cecil Critch

Board Member

Nora English

Board Member

Austin Hawley

Board Member

Barbara Hawley

Board Member

Linda Holden

Board Member

Pat Kennedy

Board Member

Pauline Lake-Devine

Director and Ex-officio Board Member

Tracey Shave

Board Member

Fr. Pat Power

Board Member

Contact Us

Ruah Counselling Centre

The Lantern Building

35 Barnes Road

St. John’s, NL A1C 3X1

Director

Pauline Lake-Devine, MSW, RSW 

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Abbott

Tel:  (709) 579-0168

Fax: (709) 579-2799

Email: ruah@rcsj.org

Counselling Staff

Denyse Lane,

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

Amelia O'Dea, MSW, RSW

Susan Smart,

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

Kim Oldford-Walters,  

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