Please see 'Fees' section for an important announcement about a change in our fees, effective September 2022


Ruah Counselling Centre Inc is pleased to advise that it will begin to operate as an independent entity as of January 1st, 2022 under the direction of an independent Board of Directors. Ruah, formerly The Family Life Bureau, began in 1976, as a counselling service primarily funded by the Archdiocese of St. John’s. However, as a non-profit agency, we have now secured funding for the delivery of much needed mental health and wellness services in the province. We will explore and avail of diverse funding sources that will support the continuation of the delivery of our programs and services.

Our programs and services include individual, couple and family counselling; psychosocial groups; workshops; and community presentations. We request a standard fee for our services, however, we also offer a rate based on a sliding scale including a reduced fee or no fee, depending on one’s ability to pay. As we continue to strengthen and develop as an independent entity, we will further develop our operational model to meet the demands for our services.

Ruah is committed to the continuation of this vital community service and we look forward to the support of our funding partners to ensure continued success. We thank all those who have supported us in the past.


Ruah Counselling Centre, a non-profit community counselling agency, provides individual, couple and family counselling, as well as psycho-educational and supportive groups, to those 16 years of age and older. 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-focused and goal-oriented. We provide professional counselling services in an environment which supports client autonomy and well-being.

Our Logo Story

RUAH Counselling Centre Favicon

The symbol in our logo is an abstracted person with arms raised in hope, relationship and celebration. It is a gender free representation inclusive of people from all walks of life.


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


Ruah Counselling Centre believes in the intrinsic core value 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


Rick Singleton


Tim Turner

Vice Chair

James Nelson


Fr. David Louch


Catherine Blake


Kim Kelly


Harold Stapleton


Pauline Lake-Devine


Peter Whittle


Caroline Molloy