Gerard Vardy

Gerard Vardy

Gerard Vardy
Family Consultant

Prior to completing university studies I enrolled into the Canadian Forces in 1980 as a Reservist. I was commissioned into the Regular Forces as a Personnel Administrative Officer in 1986. It was during my time in personnel administration that I began to discern a deep passion for helping soldiers and their families who were undergoing deep marital conflict and separation.

To pursue that ministry I accepted a component transfer into the Canadian Forces Chaplain Branch. I was then deployed domestically and internationally on operations with Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax, Deputy Team Leader for the Critical Incident Response Team at Swiss Air 111 and Mental Health Clinician with the Third Location Decompression Mental Health Team Cyprus (ATF).

I have been involved in the field of family mediation, conflict resolution and marital separation work since 1996 but it was during a year-long clinical residency at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia in 1999 that I was introduced to the full spectrum of services that could be offered to individual soldiers and their families. As a result I began to specialize in that field of mediation, addictions and trauma and spirituality.

I hold a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Sudbury, a Masters of Divinity degree from Atlantic School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University.

I completed my second military sponsored scholarship Post Graduate studies and obtained a Masters of Arts in Counselling from Saint Paul University in 2004. I held clinical positions within Canadian Forces Health Services - Operation Trauma Stress and Support Centre (OTSSC) where treatment was offered to our soldiers and their families struggling with Operational Stress Injuries, Addictions and Issues of Spirituality and Trauma which often lead to separation and high conflict issues.

In 2005 I became a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. With the introduction of the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), I became a RP (Candidate) in 2013. It has been my pleasure to join Alt Divorce in September 2014 as a Family Consultant, Parenting Mediator and Specialist. I look forward to helping families transition through difficult circumstances and look positively to the future.

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