Since 1983, Focus on the Family Canada has offered help and encouragement to millions of families as they build their lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ. As a charitable organization, we work hard to respond to the many real issues families face today by providing sound and practical guidance based on Christian principles.
Hope Restored is a marriage counselling retreat program that Focus on the Family has developed seeking to help and restore marriages in crisis. This is more than marriage counselling. It is more than a plan to stop divorce or a weekend session at church. Marriage intensives are new beginnings, even for husbands and wives who think all is lost.
Our Canadian Hope Restored therapist team consists of registered Christian counsellors. With Masters degrees in counselling and years of professional and ministry experience, these therapists have the expertise to help you navigate the challenges you’re facing in your relationship, and more importantly, the compassion and conviction to walk alongside you as you pursue a marriage that not only survives, but thrives.
Wayne Reed has been a pastor and a counsellor for over 25 years. He developed a passion for seeing marriages thrive while pastoring. Wayne is a Certified Professional Counsellor with the Professional Association of Canadian Christian Psychotherapists. Wayne and his wife have been married over 25 years and are parents to two grown sons.
Vicki Hooper is a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has an extensive background in teaching and ministry settings prior to becoming a counsellor in 2013. She earned her Master of Education in school counselling through Liberty University. Vicki and her husband have been married over 25 years and are parents to two grown children.
Bonnie Dyste is a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trinity Western University and has since worked in a variety of private and group practice settings. Bonnie has been married for over 40 years and they share three sons and four grandchildren.
Tom Peters has been nurturing his passion for helping others over a 35-year journey. Tom earned his MA in Counselling Psychology and in addition to developing a private practice, Tom is a practicing counselling supervisor and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Tom and his wife recently celebrated 29 years of marriage. They are parents to two married daughters and one son.
Jeff Dienesch is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Jeff holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Jeff and his wife have been married for over 30 years are grateful to share life with three married sons and three daughters.
Tara Lalonde is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Tara has a PhD in professional counselling from Liberty University. Her dissertation explored the post-intensive success of the Hope Restored intensive program. She and her husband recently celebrated 15 years of marriage.