Eileen's areas of focus:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Grief: Death and Loss
- Clergy/Professional Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Violence: Verbal, Emotional, Physical
- Emotional Abuse
- Emotional Incest
- Shame and Contempt
- Spiritual Direction
- Issues of Faith and Christianity
Eileen experienced the following symptoms:
- Fear of being “out of control”
- Feeling overwhelmed/inadequate
- Feelings of impending doom
- Intrusive Mental Images (flashes)
- Difficulty concentrating
- People pleasing
- Shame and guilt
- Worry about displeasing others
Eileen graduated from Millar College of the Bible and later completed her Master’s degree at Providence Theological Seminary. A Certified Professional Counselor, she founded RESTORE, a ministry for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse and has helped many people find healing through her counselling practise. Her therapeutic approach follows a CBT and Spiritual Direction modality.
Eileen has been in ministry with her husband Lloyd for more than 30 years, serving at Nipawin Bible College before pastoring four churches in Canada and the U.S. As a professional counsellor, she was able to use her skills to the fullest extent in each location.
Eileen is the author of two books: Standing in the Stillness – based on Psalm 46:10 and Broken and Beautiful – written with her daughter, Kristal, for victims of clergy and professional sexual abuse. She was an instructor and board member with the Institute of Biblical Counselling International (IBCI) for 10 years, teaching in Greenland, Faroe Islands and Finland as well as Canada.
Eileen and Lloyd are parents to two married children and five amazing grand-children.
Eileen is a Registered Member of PACCP and a Registered Counselling Therapist with ACTA.
As the first-born child in her family, Eileen remembers taking on the role of peacemaker at a very young age. She learned her role well, because she believed her emotional well-being depended on it. Although she tried very hard to be successful at keeping the peace, she was only a child and failed many times. This led to anxiety and a belief that “I am a failure. It’s my fault because I didn’t anticipate the conflict in time to stop it.”
She learned to live her life on “red alert” always trying to anticipate chaos and conflict before it happened. This impossible goal led to a deep lack of self-worth and a feeling that if bad things happened, she was responsible.
Her anxiety grew until life started to feel unmanageable. After the birth of her first child, her post-partum depression plunged her into deep darkness – which she struggled to manage on her own. She was in so much pain but actually almost completely unaware of it because she had learned so well to hide her feelings from everyone, including herself.
During this time Eileen decided to enroll in a Counselling Degree at Providence Theological Seminary. She was not prepared for the excruciating pain that would begin to surface as she began to apply what she was learning to her own life experiences. Little by little the light began to expose areas of darkness that had long been buried, and gradually she was able to deal with painful memories and trauma. She feels she has come to a place of freedom and strength and is able to experience joy and health. She loves to encourage other to find the same.
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