About Us

Elim Counselling Services is non-profit Christian Counselling service located in Ottawa, Canada. Our primary goal is to help people cope with and overcome life’s challenges. Although Elim incorporates psychological techniques and interventions used in other clinical settings, Elim counsellors are also trained in understanding spiritual issues which are often raised by clients. At Elim, we believe that a person’s faith in God can be a vital asset in accomplishing therapeutic goals. This approach is not unique to Elim; many of the most successful programs such as the 12 step Gamblers Anonymous program and the Alcoholic Anonymous Program have cited belief in a higher power as one of their key steps in overcoming addiction.

Counselling at Elim meets the professional requirements necessary for certification by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). As such we are not only able to offer professional service of the highest quality but also adhere to the ethical standards specified by CCPA.

About the Director

Michael Hart, M.A., C.C.C,

Michael is a registered psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Michael Hart is a highly skilled psychotherapist who’s training and experience allow him to use the respected Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Michael is qualified to work with both individuals and couples and also has specialized trauma training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing techniques). In addition to his psychology qualifications, Michael is a Bible college graduate and also has B.A. degree in theology from St. Paul University. This blend of expertise in both psychology and theology gives Michael the ability to understand the unique challenges of the Christian population, and how to combine the knowledge these two fields of study to bring healing to his clients.

In 2015 Michael Hart was awarded the prestigious Private Practitioner of the Year Award by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Private Practitioner Chapter.

Michael is also the host of a counselling radio show, Life Transformations, broadcasted on CHRI 99.1 FM every Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. The show presents the discussion about important mental health topics and also features guests who have had their lives transformed as a result of counselling at Elim.

Michael’s academic writings and research have earned him two St. Peter’s Awards from St. Paul University in Ottawa for excellence in the area of Christian Spirituality.

Other Counsellors

Vergia Philipose, M.A., R.P.

M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

My goal is to empower my clients by offering guidance, support, and insight with a person-centered approach towards positive change. I use a broad range of therapies to inspire clients to reach their full potential. I collaboratively work with clients to discover positive and creative coping resources, as well as understanding what is needed to heal and grow. I create a judgment-free, safe and empathetic environment that is tailored to each client.

My approach draws from several different schools of thought, such as cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, emotionally-focused, play therapy, Christian counselling, and mindfulness.

My strong Christian faith helps me to understand the unique complexities of issues faced by believers and also helps me understand the importance of Christian disciplines, such as prayer and Bible reading, in achieving therapeutic goals.



Selma Lamprecht, M.A.

Selma holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a B.A. Honours in Psychology and a B.A. in Social Work.

Selma is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registration Number 800251).

Selma has years of counselling experience and a range of expertise working with adult individuals and couples. Selma has spoken at

conferences, seminars, and workshops in Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Selma, a believer in Christ, is not only knowledgeable about clinical matters, but also has a strong understanding of the Christian values, and understand the unique nature of mental health issue s in the Christian context.




About the Name Elim

Elim, in scripture, is a place of rest, peace, and renewed hope after a period of hardship, conflict, and disappointment. Through the counselling we offer,  many of our clients who were faced with very difficult challenges have likewise found rest, hope, and peace after coming to us with major challenges in their lives.

How to get started

To book an appointment or make an inquiry, please contact us by calling (613) 699-1677 or by email at mhart@elimcounsellingministry.com. All inquiries are treated with the strictest of confidence. You can also start the process of getting help by filling out our Counselling Inquiry Form.

Our mailing address is: 1390 Prince of Wales, Suite 200, Ottawa Ontario, Canada, K2C 3N6.

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