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We See you. We Hear you. We Understand you.
Centre Bethany Centre is aware of the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy within African and Racialized communities. Our space is created to support, strengthen and guide you towards your journey of mental well-being centered around healing in an African cultural context.

Candis Peniston


RSW, Spiritual Director, Psychotherapist (Q)

My name is Candis Peniston and I am the founder of Centre Bethany Centre. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I have a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Bachelor Degree in Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Ministry and Spirituality with a Diploma in Spiritual Direction.

I have worked in the field of Social Work for over 20 years and as a Spiritual Director for over 5 years. I am passionate about African culture and incorporate this perspective in my services in Counselling and Spiritual Direction.

Some of my specialties are in:

• Anxiety or Fears
• Body Image
• Child and Adolescent Issues
• Cross-Cultural Issues
• Culturally Sensitive Issues
• Depression
• Loneliness and Isolation

• Parenting
• Racial Identity
• Relationship Issues
• Spirituality
• Stress
• Trauma and PTSD
• Women’s Issues


The mission of Centre Bethany Centre is to provide Counselling services that will contribute to the emotional and psychological well-being of individuals and families.


To enhance the quality of life through the concept of Ma’at (order, balance, harmony, truth...)