What I Do?

I have a Master of Arts Degree in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and am a Registered Psychotherapist seeing clients since 2013.

I have helped clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, relational conflict, grief, addictions, compulsive behaviours, 2SLGBTQ+ issues, job stress, caregiver stress, and spiritual issues.

I know that life is not always easy, but it can still be good. No matter what you are going through, I am convinced that there is a solution to be found and a path to a happier, more successful life where better relationships, self-esteem, self-control, and peace of mind are possible. Let’s figure this out together.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”

Qualifications

Ben Hartford

MA Theology | Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy, Registered Psychotherapist

Education & Accomplishments

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Certificate in Professional Addictions Studies
  • Certified Trainer for Mental Health First Aid
  • Certified Trainer for Caring Dads™
  • Trauma Assessment and Treatment Certificate
  • ASIST Training
  • MA in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts: English Language and Literature

Approach

  • My approach to counselling is strengths-based, meaning that I will help you discover and use your own strengths and the wisdom gained from your life experiences to find solutions. I have also found that many mental health problems can be related to past events or things others have said to us. The adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” is wrong. Hurtful things said to us may not break our bones, but they hurt us, nonetheless. The good news is that we do not have to carry the consequences of past hurts for the rest of our lives. There is hope.

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Non-registered member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Experience

  • 10+ Years

Ben's Favorite Quote

“The most beautiful people we have known are those people who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

– Kubler-Ross

Frequently Asked Questions With Ben

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Years ago, I found that the stresses of work and home life, combined with a stubborn refusal to admit I needed help, led me to a place of burnout. A counsellor came alongside me, helping me work through issues to find the strength and resilience I needed to get back into life. It was this experience that led me to become a psychotherapist, and I have been blessed over the years to walk alongside others as they learn to live happier, more fulfilled lives.

Being able to walk alongside people in their difficult times and see them come through to a place of hope, confidence, and peace.

How would you respond to someone who is hesitant about coming to couWe were not meant to live our lives in isolation. From time to time, we all need the support of others. Sometimes we need an outside perspective to help us find a better way to live. There is no shame in asking for help, and the counselling experience can be life changing.nselling?

I am most grateful for my wife of 30 years, and how we have supported each other through the high and low points of life. She is God’s greatest gift to me.

My life goal is to make a difference in peoples’ lives, and to live my best life. This goal can be summed up by Isaiah chapter 50 verse 4: The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

I have been described by clients and peers as caring, warm, empathetic, a good listener, and insightful. It has also been said that I have a calming influence on others, and never seem fazed no matter what my clients tell me.

Ben Hartford

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Monday to Thursday
    daytime plus some evening availability

Contact

Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

My favourite meal is dinner because preparing it offers the most opportunity for creativity and variety.

What has been your biggest adventure?

My biggest adventure was heading off to Taiwan for 2 years when I was 29 to teach English as a Second language.

What's your favourite board game?

My favourite board game is Monopoly.

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

When I get some alone time, I like to read, play guitar, go star gazing, write songs, cross stitch, hike, kayak, or go camping.

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

Free 20-Minute Virtual Consultation
Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488
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