About the Counsellor
Carolyn Waddell is a graduate of OTS (now Tyndale University College and Seminary) with a Master of Divinity in Counselling. She has been in private practice since 1997, counselling people with a variety of personal, marital and family issues. Carolyn is a Certified Clinical Counselor with the International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals, and has a strong commitment to the field of marriage and family therapy (Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy), in both secular and religious environments.
In the counselling process, Carolyn aims to take a "whole person" approach, by including an understanding of the mental/emotional, physical, spiritual and relational aspects of life as she works with clients. A major focus of her work is in helping people with trauma and abuse recovery, as well as family conflict resolution. Carolyn also assists people in working through life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, and more. She counsels using a variety of methods, but works mostly from a Family Systems perspective, which takes into account family relationships, not only individual issues. All counselling is confidential, except for information that must be reported by law. See FAQ for more detailed information, or contact Carolyn.
Carolyn also has extensive training and experience in prayer ministry, and can use these approaches as part of the counselling process, where appropriate. As well, she trains and mentors others in how to minister to people through prayer. She also does workshops and training seminars on various subjects, such as understanding dissociation, the impact of abuse, handling change, and relationships.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, Carolyn's background was in the health care field, with experience in chronic care and active hospital, as well as home care. In addition, she has experience as a crisis pregnancy support person, a pastoral care worker, and in working with children and youth. Also, she holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Emmanuel Bible College.
While Carolyn's counselling will be influenced by a Christian worldview because of her strong personal faith, she relates well with those who hold different beliefs. The clients' abilities to make their own choices are respected, valued, and encouraged. People of any creed are welcome and honoured, and do not need to be or become a Christian in order to receive or benefit from counselling with Carolyn. For more information, check out her "Beliefs" article.
Carolyn is married with four children.