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Counselling & Spiritual Direction

University students face many challenges and at times may benefit from having a trained professional to talk to. There are qualified counsellors at CMU who volunteer their services free of charge to students on the CMU campus. Students wishing to book an appointment with a counsellor are asked to contact the North Side Receptionist at 204.487.3300. Confidentiality is maintained at all times.
Counselling office: C365 (north side)
Cost:  Free for CMU students

CMU Campus Counsellors/Support Services Winter 2017

Donna Peters-Small
I grew up in Toronto and have lived in Winnipeg since 1984. I have been a high school counsellor and a health and sexuality educator for thirty-plus years. In addition to counselling at CMU, I am currently involved in pastoral ministry as a lay minister at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship. I have 2 married children - both of whom attended CMU- and 2 grandchildren.
On campus: Tuesdays AM and Evening

Valentine Warkentin
After graduating from CMBC (B.Th.) and from U of M  ( BA with a major in Psychology), I worked at Marymound Treatment Centre for Adolescent Girls as a Youth Worker, and  developed and delivered training programs for Youth Workers. I then established several other training and employment programs for people on Social Assistance, eventually working at Winnipeg Technical College as a student advisor/counsellor for 29 years.  I assisted students in dealing with personal issues that were affecting them in achieving their educational goals.  For the last 12 years, my husband and I have run a support group at Bethel Mennonite Church for LGBTQ people and their families. I have volunteered at CMU since January 2016.
On campus: Wednesdays

Ruth Shantz
Graduating with my Master of Arts in Counselling in 2014, I have since worked with numerous young adults with a variety of issues. Some areas of experience include life transitions, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, trauma, and building self-esteem and confidence. I draw from a variety of counselling theories but primarily focuses on: Attachment, Emotion Focused Therapy and EMDR. I believe that with healthy supportive relationships in one's life, people can overcome life's challenges. I provide a warm and non-judgmental environment for you to explore your thoughts and emotions in regards to various life experiences in order to help you discover your needs and desires.
On campus: Thursdays

Jonathan Scrivens
I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Providence Theological Seminary.  I have experience working as a mentor and therapist with young adults.  I appreciate being able to help people use their spiritual practices and religious beliefs to support their growth.  I try to help clients leverage their strengths to overcome their weaknesses and build resilience into their lives.  I applaud those who have the courage to seek help in working towards greater health and wellbeing.
On campus: Monday Evenings and Thursdays AM

John Weier
I’ve earned my living as a writer and luthier for some forty years. But ten years ago, realizing that the solitary nature of my work life was perhaps not the healthiest for me, I enrolled as a student in the Aurora Family Therapy program at the University of Winnipeg. I’ve worked as a therapist in the Aurora Family Therapy Centre, in Gimli for the Interlake Regional Health Authority, and for the Winnipeg Men’s Resource Centre. In the years since, I’ve trained in mindfulness practice, and as a mindfulness teacher, through the University of California. I’m interested in questions of identity, in issues surrounding transition, and in working toward positive redefinitions of depression.
On campus:  Fridays


Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is a ministry and relationship in which one person accompanies another in the process of growing intimacy with God. It’s like having a spiritual mentor, spiritual friend or spiritual companion.
The focus of Spiritual Direction is a person’s experiences of God in their life and prayer. A director helps you to become aware of Spirit’s movements in your life and can encourage you to respond in ways that are uniquely your own.
Problems arise in each of our lives, which may affect our relationship with one another or with God. Problem solving, however, is not the focus of Spiritual Direction, as in counseling. Rather your attention is directed to the Divine Healer.
Spiritual Direction is for women and men from all walks of life, from all faith traditions.
                                                                                             (Adopted from the MB Spiritual Direction website)

For more information on how to get connected to a Spiritual Director, contact the Spiritual Life Facilitator, or go to Manitoba Spiritual Direction.

Other professional counselling services available in Winnipeg:

Recovery of Hope
Phone: 204-477-4673; Toll-Free: 1-866-493-6202
Location: 102-900 Harrow St. (in Assiniboine Credit Union building)
Cost: Between $25.00 - $75.00/hour depending on household income

24 Hour Crisis Line (Klinic) 204-786-8686 
Counselling service and crisis/suicide intervention

Health Links  204-788-8200

For further information or for a list of other professional counselling services available in Winnipeg, please contact the CMU Student Life Staff.

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