Traveling back and forth between host country and home country, family issues, cultural issues, traumas experienced, amazing miracles experienced — all of these can leave us with a need to share. It is important to be ‘debriefed’ at significant times in our lives, but we often can’t find someone to do that with. The nation you are serving in might have member care personnel in place. Do contact them for local help. If there is no one in your nation, or you are too far to be in contact with them, please feel free to contact us for ongoing dialogue. It is particularly a good idea to debrief with someone when returning to Canada. This can be done with one of our member care personnel here (contact us to arrange a meeting) or with an outside agency. Occasionally, deeper issues need to be resolved with a trained counselor.


Below are some links to different agencies for debriefing and/or counseling:

Global Transition


Link Care

Missionary Care

Barnabas International

Missionary Outreach Support Services

CARES (Counseling & Restoration Services) – located in Abbotsford, B.C., a not-for-profit counseling centre, serving the community by providing professional counseling at affordable rates. Types of care performed – missionary candidate psychological assessments/cross-cultural readiness/debrief of returning missionaries/counseling of missionaries.

Willow Stream Counseling – Located 45 minutes from Toronto Airport. Accomodations can be arranged for those needing longer term help or only if you need to take a week out for debriefing. Our director, Marilyn Ellis has been with YWAM since 1979 and is willing to offer counseling at a discounted rate. Please contact:
Marilyn Ellis, MTS
Director of Willow Stream Counseling
120 Wentworth St. N.
Hamilton, ON L8L 5V7
voice mail: 905-581-0656

Wellsprings Christian Counseling — Laurel Hildebrandt MTSC, Certified Clinical Counselor 32027 Peardonville Rd. Abbotsford, BC Tel: 1-604- 217-0558

Marilyn Ibsen of Global Transition Resources is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has lived and worked cross-culturally. Her experience relating to other cultures includes growing up overseas and living, working and bringing up her family in various Latin American countries. The main services she offers to mission agencies and their personnel are debriefing and counselling (some of the areas include processing trauma, marriage relationships, managing stress and anxiety and depression). Her desire is to see expatriates returning after an assignment overseas come to a place of emotional and spiritual health in order to move into their next phase of ministry. She has on occasion offered other services which are described on her website (

Rick and Sarah Apperson – Discipleship/Lay counseling in the areas of burnout, pornography, marriage struggles and sexual abuse. Contact us here for more information.

Christian Counseling Ministries – Truro, Nova Scotia

High Rocks – HighRock Youth Ministries is the youth division of Christian Counselling Ministries in Truro, Nova Scotia. It exists for one main reason – because we love teenagers!

Inner Healing/Prayer Ministry

The Listening Prayer Community (by donation)
33082 First Avenue, Mission, BC V2V 1G3
T: 604-826-2031
F: 604-826-2032
Peace Country Renewal Ministries Society
Address : Suite 209, 10422, Alaska Road,  Fort St. John, B.C., V1J 1B3
Phone : (250) 785-7768
Director: Cathy Walker (there is a cost)

Isaiah 61 in Burnaby, B.C.  Director is Grace Yu  604-941-7586  (no cost)

Freshwind Church in Abbotsford also see people outside of their church. (no cost)
Contact: Lorie Martin  604-855-6966