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Our story

First and foremost our approach is strength based. And rooted from a grounded approach to counselling and mental health. 

Our founder Deborah Vanberkel is a seasoned counsellor with over 14 years experience in counselling services in education, workshops, healthcare and social services. Deborah not only runs her own company, she is a proud mom and an active partner on her families dairy farm in Lennox and Addington County. 

In 2017, Deb found her two greatest passions coming together as she founded Cultivate Counselling Services. She strives to guide and aid those who are struggling with personal issues. Deb is ready to help you learn, strengthen and apply usable skills and focus on rebuilding a grounded, balanced self. 

Education & accomplishments

Degree in Behavioural Psychology

Registered Counsellor with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Certifications in: 

  • Trauma - Hinks-Dellcrest 

  • Couples Counselling - The Gottman Institute

Lead facilitator for 'In the Know' mental health literacy program developed by University of Guelph 

Partner in launching the L&A Farmer Wellness Program and Hastings Farmer Wellness Program

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Our philosophy

It's our belief that access to mental health should be available to everyone. Regardless of your location or occupation. Taking the steps to search for resources, takes tremendous courage. Your mental health matters and we are available to provide support in a safe and comfortable space. 

Supporting people in farming and rural communities is our special niche. We understand the struggles of your business. And how it can affect your mental health. With years of experience, our services are tailored to help you implement practical change and positive growth. Helping you be the best version of yourself for you, your family and your business. 

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