Mission, Vision, Values

At the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre (the Glebe) we provide affordable , high quality, and compassionate care, welcoming people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, life experiences, faith and spirituality. We provide professional therapists who are either members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, or are supervised graduate students working towards becoming a member of either of those professional colleges.

We believe that:

  • Talking helps.
  • Along with talking, other ways of addressing your concerns (art or play therapy for example) can be helpful.
  • Challenges in life are opportunities for learning and growth.
  • You bring your life experiences, values and beliefs into the therapy process. These together with the therapist’s personal and professional experiences can address your concerns.
  • Everyone has the right to receive mental health services.
  • Some of your concerns will resolve in a few sessions while others may take longer. The amount of time in therapy is determined by you and your therapist.
  • That when clients and therapists work together healing and change can happen.
  • Faith and spirituality can be important resources for healing and change.

Our History

About Us - Our History

The Delton Glebe Counselling Center is named after Rev. Dr. Delton J. Glebe (1919-2011), a Lutheran pastor, who was Principal-Dean and Profession of Pastoral (Spiritual) Care and Counselling at what is now Martin Luther University College (1970-1984). He was a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a charter member and former president of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education. Delton was a pioneer in the research and teaching of grief, death and dying. Opened in October 2013, The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre aims to extend the leadership and legacy of the late Delton Glebe.

Martin Luther University College

The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, a community program of Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary), provides mental health services as a non-profit organization. The Glebe was established as an agency that has both professional therapists and is a place graduate students of the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy Program at Martin Luther University College, as well as the Masters of Social Work program at Wilfrid Laurier University, to train as therapists and complete the practicum portion of their program under the supervision of Kristine Lund, RP, our Clinical Director. By serving students and our community this way, we offer quick access to quality, affordable, mental health care. The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre is sponsored, in part, by the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Glebe in the news:

10/05/2018 | Art with Impact

Janet Howitt on the Q&A Panel for Movies 4 Mental Health

12/02/2018 | Greater KW Chamber of Commerce 

BEA Gala: Non-Profit/Charitable Award

03/08/2017 | Immigration Waterloo Region 

Final Grants Announced for Groups Supporting Refugee Newcomers

08/05/2017 I The Circle I

Boosting Mental Health in Ramadan

04/05/2017 | The Circle

Muslim Women Empowerment Circle and the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre

16/03/2017 | Holistic Parent

Transcending Language: A Beginner’s Guide to Art Therapy by Heidi Argyle

16/01/2017 | CBC News 

5 Ways to Respond to the Winter Blues this January, also an audio version

12/2016 | ELFEC

ELFEC Annual Report 2016

04/09/2016 | The Cord

Janet Howitt appointed executive director of Delton Glebe Counselling Centre

15/09/2015 | Communitech News

Mental health in the tech sector: Former Kijiji exec, now a therapist, weighs in

25/02/2015 | 570News

Clinical Director, Dr. Kristine Lund on 570News (article & radio clip)

21/12/2015 | CBC News

5 Tips for Beating Back the Christmas Blues

09/02/2015 | Laurier News

MPP Catherine Fife and her dog Ollie to visit the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre

Fall 2014 | Playground (CCAPT)

Passion for Research (featuring our former Faculty Advisor & Play Therapist Clinical Supervisor, Dr. Nancy Riedel Bowers)

12/12/2014 – wwhealthline.ca

No Wait Times and Affordable Counselling keys to success at the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre

10/12/2014 – TheRecord

Doggy drop-in gives Waterloo students break from exam stress

08/12/2014 – Exchange

Therapy dogs return to Laurier’s Waterloo campus to help ease exam stress

Sponsored by:

Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Proud to work with:

Shalem Mental Health Network - CAP Program

Community Music School of Waterloo Region

Victim Services of Waterloo Region

Reception House Waterloo Region

Languages Spoken by Therapists at The Glebe:

Azeri
Azerbaijani
Cantonese
English
Hindi
Italian
Kannata
Korean
Mandarin
Punjabi
Romanian
Turkish
Urdu

Staff Details

Founder | Clinical Director

Kristine,

M. Div, PhD., RP

(Registered Psychotherapist)

Personal Statement:

Therapy is an opportunity for the therapist and client to collaboratively work together to address the client’s present concerns. Clients come with life experiences and self- knowledge that together with the support and professional resources of a therapist can address the necessary healing and change. It is a privilege to accompany clients in their healing and change process.

Certifications, Memberships, Accreditations:

Ordained Lutheran Pastor, ELCIC, Pastoral Counselling Specialist and Teaching Supervisor, CASC, EMDR

Areas of special interest:

Working with Couples, healing from traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, life’s transitions, grief/loss, interpersonal concerns, questions of identity.

Education:

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
• Lutheran Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity
• University of Alberta, PhD, Education
• Dissertation title “The Pastoral Counselling Students’ Experience Of Learning To Be Present With Their Client”

Executive Director

Janet,

MTS, MSW

Connect with Janet: LinkedIn

Personal Statement:

Having Masters degrees in Social Work and Theology, I appreciate emotional and spiritual approaches to healing – to healing the whole person. Finding or making meaning in life is personal. Respecting each person’s worldview and the place of faith in that worldview, however defined, supports our healing journeys.

Areas of special interest:

Most of my professional work has responded to and supported planning, policy, programs and development in the broader community. This includes how people find themselves in community; ways of invitation, participation and belonging, of co-creating goals and actions to build meaningful community.
I am pleased to be with the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, working with professional, compassionate, client-centred therapists and staff. At the Centre we offer various therapeutic approaches, including Play and Art therapies, and we continue the tradition of building a caring, welcoming therapeutic community open to all.

Education:

•Wilfrid Laurier University, Master of Social Work
•Wilfrid Laurier University, Master of Theological Studies
•University of Waterloo, Bachelors in Social Development Studies

Office Administrator and Intake Coordinators

Kate

Personal Statement:

All my life I’ve been dedicated to personal health in one way or another. I wanted to go to medical school, but was diagnosed with a chronic illness before I could apply and I turned the fascination I have with the human body, to the human mind in particular – what things we can accomplish with just our mind! Finding the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre feels like a match made in heaven for me as it allows me to work in the healthcare field that has always interested me. It keeps me working with people that I can help in my community, and lets me use all of the skills I’ve developed to this point in my career.

Areas of special interest:

I love to read, watch movies, and have a passionate love for MasterChef Australia. I’m learning to meditate, and garden. I’m a writer, a mom, a wife and someone who’s really passionate about social justice issues!

Elma

Personal Statement:

Advocacy, compassionate care, community, personal knowledge and faith are all core values for me. In the early 1990’s I was thrown into the AIDS crisis and entered a community of people facing a deadly disease with no treatments and a society that treated those with this disease with anger, judgement and fear. For 25 years I worked building support systems, fighting stigma and judgement, and working in the areas of education and prevention and support. Key to the support work was the provision of mental health services to those dying from and living with AIDS and to those who loved them. Grief, anger, multiple bereavements and survivor guilt all require compassionate and professional support. With the advance of effective treatments and the development of well qualified support systems I felt it was time for me to transition into a different sort of support work. As one of the Intake Coordinators at the Glebe I am able to still work in a community that reflects my core values. Connecting people to caring, affordable and professional therapists is a privilege and deeply satisfying. It is my pleasure to be part of a team of people providing our community with much needed mental health support in a non-judgemental and compassionate atmosphere.

Areas of special interest:

I’m a loving Oma to nine grandkids, I enjoy CrossFit, kayaking and biking. I’m an avid reader and avoid crafting at all costs.

Mary Margaret

Personal Statement:

Life has offered me a fascinating array of experience, both personally and professionally. I have been a nutritionist, marketer, healthcare consultant, brand manager, management consultant, and a director of operations for a local non-profit. All while focusing on my most treasured work: partner, mother and active volunteer in my community. The common thread in all of this, for me, are my core personal values of integrity, compassion, wholeness, collaboration and service.
The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, and the people who work here, are a match made in heaven for me, and I hope for you too. Timely access to high quality, affordable mental health services is what we’re all about here. Along with confidentiality, safe space, inclusivity and welcome. Spirituality is an important aspect of my mental health, and it may be for you too. Even if not, I take it as my personal mission to make your experience here one that makes you feel welcome safe, and great about coming back as you need to.

Areas of special interest:

I love to spend time with my family and friends, whose presence in my life is so nourishing. I really enjoy caring for my grandson, whose nature and play keep me young. In the warm months, you can find me often outside – on the deck in my quiet space, or in the garden. Meditation and music are constant companions, as is a good book. I generally have at least three knitting projects on the go, as well as other needlework projects. I take my journaling pretty seriously too!

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