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What People Say about George

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        George Hartwell M.Sc.  35 years clinical experience, Masters degree in clinical psychology.

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Couple Retreat - Niagara on the Lake

Thanks again for a great experience this past weekend. 

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“Our weekend with George proved to be a great springboard to learning more about each other, and how to then use what we learned to better communicate and appreciate each other’s point of view.  It’s amazing how much our history shapes us – and then again, how much we forget to share our history with each other. It’s the seemingly insignificant points that actually become like a spot light shedding vision on how to better become one.  George pushed us, but never too much. He prodded, but only choosing to prod where needed.  George was able to adjust his style based on ours – something truly important when you’ve committed so much time to this retreat!  And with the entire weekend blanketed by faith, this was an experience that will forever help to shape the future of our marriage.”  J.

A minister of Pastoral Care and Counselling at a Toronto Church wha has referred several persons to George says:  “I would recommend George Hartwell as one of the finest and most effective Christian therapists I know. George is an experienced Christian therapist who uses prayer and the Word of God in a caring and compassionate way. To me he is a true Christian Therapist who uses spiritual techniques in a skilled way to bring people to wholeness in Christ.”  Contact George if you want to speak to this local minister.

"I have George to be an extremely insightful counsellor. One of his greatest gifts is his ability to be empathic. He maintains an harmonious balance between psychological and Biblical principles. His emphasis in listening prayer therapy has proven to be tremendously helpful to me in my search for self-awareness and healing.
I am amazed at the results. Not only has God given me tremendous insight into my emotional scars and the lies I had believed, He has also replaced these with His truth."

Sharon, Ontario

We feel much better about ourselves and our relationship. You have taught us the skills to effectively commuicate with each other and in doing so heave brought us much closer together. You have handed us so many useful tools that we will forever use to better ourselves. Our deepest thanks and God bless,

Peter and Cathy of Toronto

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George has a great sense of humour that compliments his sincere nature which is backed up by an enlightening and deep faith in the Lord.
His counseling helped give me a more positive self-image and erased typical pitfalls that my Christian faith had fallen into. He is very flexible and truly caring, and with God's help guided me to a path that I think eventually will lead me out of my tendency towards depression and past hurts.

 Tish, Ontario, Canada.

In my childhood I was often neglected, abandoned and rejected. George helped me to understand the root of family issues after one session. He uncovered core issues that were holding me back as an adult and has given me the emotional and spiritual support to rise above the abandonment and rejection I went through as a child. Katherine, Toronto


George – Thank You. You have brought hope and life to me and to so many in our fellowship through your teaching and prayer ministry. The possibility of discovering our God-given identity through this life transformation ministry is exciting and I look forward to hearing Jesus speak more truth into my life and the lives of others, so we can live in the freedom Jesus intends. I’ll miss you, your humour and your Snoopy dives! Haste you back!

Love, Lindy (Calvary Way, Stevenston, Scotland) See also: Inner healing listening prayer
(Mission to Scotland)

Feedback from a Personal Intensive Therapeutic Retreat:

I knew I was in a crisis and that I needed something more intense.  I needed more time with somebody.  It was very hard for me financially but I was determined because I knew I had to get here.
I've never developed compasion for myself before - learned how t do it and actually do it. I am healing a little girl in a woman's body.
Even though it was a lot of work to come, I have a lot of solid resources and I discovered I had a connection with God that I never knew I had.
I just feel a lot lighter.

My philosophy will be to love life, be pure and have faith.  Sasha

Peronal intensive therapeutic retreat

"This has been quite amazing. It has seemed to short-circuit stuff quite immensely. It has been very powerful, useful and exciting to see it go. We spent a lot of time (200 hours plus) kicking out a lot of demons. You have revisited the places and achieved what we did not achieve."

Experienced minister who sat in on a week long intensive personal retreat someone he knew.  

Gene Alexander, of Toronto, Ontario, writes:                                       [TOP]

"I desperately needed someone to talk with and help me work out the struggles that I was facing. George was the first therapist I had ever sat down with and with him I felt completely relaxed. His healing prayer therapy had a tremendously positive effect on my life; I literally was freed from strongholds that were at work in my life. I am very grateful to George and sincerely recommend him."

Comments from  Ken B. - Toronto,Ontario

I know George as George has helped me.  I have learned to trust him and his advice.  I like the fact that George is gentle (non-judgmental), realistic (practical), has empathy and gives me hope and, therefore, something to stand on and to carefully work out.                                          

George left some principles with me on getting out of depression. At first they didn't click in but now, a couple of weeks later, it is starting to make sense.
I sensed that I was falling into depression. I listened back to a recording of our prayer. I noticed that I was judging my inner child. I confessed this as a sin. My mind started to think differently - it wasn't God expecting that perfectionism. It was a legalism thing.
I came out of the depression. Now I am hopeful that I am learning tools to deal with depression. I am learning to accept that, as a child, God loves me and not to judge myself.


I have appreciated your help, not only in the counselling sessions, but also on other occasions. ... Any time I have phoned, you both took time to listen and pray. ... I pray the Lord will continue to bless you in your counselling and teaching ministry and thanks again for your help to my son, his girl friend and myself.

Jean of Toronto, Canada.


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Thank you, again for your assistance.  (My wife) is showing signs of great improvement.  God is good.  May He bless you.  Sincerely, Jim C (pastor, Rochester, New York).

Father Bill Comerford, (at the time) priest at St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church, Toronto, says:  "I recommend George as a counsellor. He is a wise man with much experience."

I feel George is a "God send" as he uses his experiences, education and faith in Jesus Christ to heal me from the inside out.  I believe in the way George counsels and that God brought him in my life to help mend my broken heart.  Amy

 Sharon D, of Beaton, Ontario, writes:

I am amazed at the results. Not only has God given me tremendous insight into my emotional scars and the lies I had believed, He has also replaced these with His truth. I have experienced phenomenal healing and am now confident that complete healing is possible in the immediate future. The added bonus is that, throughout this process, Jesus has become very real, personal and dear to me."

God the Father proudly showing his daughter to everyone!

"My birth was at the very time that my mother was in grief over the loss of her mother. It seemed that I was born at the wrong time; that I was a pain. I became super responsible – thought everything was my fault.  However, in a prayer encounter, I saw God the Father proudly holding me in his arms and showing “His daughter” to everyone. There was a welcome party at my birth! A celebration! This brought an explosion of joy and new life to my heart. Now, instead of shrinking away from life, I want to come forth. I have much less feeling of depression and of giving up on life."

Madeline R,  of Mississauga, Ontario                                   [TOP]

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I was surprised that I could have an encounter with God so easily and that He was so willing to heal me right then, right there. I believe George's faith has been and is instrumental in Listening Prayer Therapy.  It is he who guided me and instructed me in how to listen to God and to have the same faith in what I was experiencing. Now, I know in my heart that God is Love, He loves me, He is on my side and is always there for me.  For my part, I need to be honest with Him and totally open, He does the rest.

Wendy M,  Orillia, Ontario, Canada.                                    [TOP]

I came to you in a lot of pain, feeling desperate and looking for answers. George,you helped me to come to an understanding of myself and how to better handle my situation.

George, your support and guidance in this time of crisis has been valuable and much appreciated. My husband sees the changes in me - He just doesn't believe that they will last.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right way that they were meant to be there - to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to be. This for me has been you, George, and your counselling and guidance.

Your counselling has helped me to love unconditionally, realize my potential strengths and weakness and helped me to try to overcome negativity in my relationships with my husband. Both my husband and family have mentioned that they have witnessed a lot of change in me.             Elizabeth, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

Dear George,

I am writing to you today after such a long time because I want to tell you how my life turned around so positively with your help. Not only back then but my life continues to be wonderful.

As you well know, 4 years ago things in my life had gone so wrong and I knew I needed to do something about it. I also knew I couldn't do it alone and thank God I found you. If it weren't for your help, professional knowledge, faith in God, prayer, and love combined with my wanting to heal from within I don't think I would have found this new wonderful life I am experiencing.

Since then I have married and have a new life filled with trust and love, my wonderful husband and our little son. 

I truly believe that after all that prayer, listening, healing and removing old baggage I was able to move on and believe. I also truly believe that all this happiness was God sent.

I am grateful to God and I am grateful to you George.  

Elena,  Oregon USA                                                     [TOP]

Granted, medications helped me to cope somewhat, but I found that masking "the source" of my  emotional stresses would  only allow me to cope with the fight within, to a  degree.  So, I determined to  get George's help through his many years of experience so that I could understand the "sources" and deal with them thus, gain a  freedom which would set me on a path of healings. George is helping me to reach the  goal of being set free from legalism and all that goes with being chained within!

Cordially, Ken Buxton, in Canada.

It was like I was having massage therapy

In my session with George  I forgave and cut off all the ungodly ties with people who have abused me, it was like I was having massage therapy, a whole lot of stress, tension and knots lifted. (Toronto client, with permission.)


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I know that God heals us, if we open up and allow him to clean up our cesspool.  I believe everyone has different amount of stuff in their cesspool, some have more than others.  The Lord starts to strip, operate, remove, work on, change, etc. the Boulders, then the Rocks, then the STONES (ever so getting more and more painful), the dirt, the grit, the grain (as mustard seed (many, many, many of these); we will never be perfect or arrive in our humanness until we meet him in the air); we will be fallible ONLY The Lord is Infallible and Perfect     BUT      in the meantime we can with The Lord help, get healed up from the hurts, pains, disappointments, letdowns, etc., etc. from this life.

If the Lord is doing it for me through counselling with George, The Lord can and will do it for anyone. Individual client, Sept, 2005


From Teaching Mission to Scotland (2005):

George has brought to life in me the freedom I experienced at salvation, but have lost over the years - freedom to be me, to dare to trust God, to feature (be a partner) in this relationship with God prominently, to experience heaven here.  I have experienced an awakening and a realization that we are always being reborn. Its not a one of.  Hallelujah!
Liz of Saltcoats, Scotland


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I am grateful for learning a practical, tangible way of getting in touch with God and hearing from Him. God does speak and does change your life.
Claire, Saltcoats, Scotland.

Discovering how to get God's Word from your head to your heart, in a few easy steps of praying and listening to God, was great. And is something I will do with any other experience that keeps me bound.
Jesus is the key, but, now, I have been shown how to use it; and open the door to my life, which I had kept well locked up under lock and key.  Thanks,
Katie :-) Stevenston, Scotland

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Thank you for the way you pray and teach.

Its been so encouraging watching Jesus transform lives through your prayer ministry. Its been so well received within the congregation and brought healing and freedom. I can also testify to it. Enjoyed having you. Come again soon.
Helen, Stevenston, Scotland.


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References from clergy:

Andy Leroux, Anglican priest at St. Ninian's anglican church in Scarbourough (416) 438-2211, says regarding Pastors' retreats: "Our pastor's group (retreats) have been a journey into how we can be a community of life in an otherwise hostile environment."

"I have known George for many years friend and colleague. I highly recommend George as a man of integrity, and would have no trouble recommending him as a wise counsellor. George is a very trustworthy man and has many years of experience and wisdom in the area of counselling. ... It is with conviction that I recommend George as a highly skilled and trained counsellor."


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Rev. Paul white, (Former) Pastor of the Scarborough Vineyard says: "Our pastor's group has has 4 retreats with George. Each has its own flavour and has been a great mix of stimulating thought, inner healing, rest and prayer."

Father Terrry McKenna, Chaplain at Pearson International Airport says: "On our recent retreat, George served us will in that he facilitated all participants to offer helpful feedback toward those who had shared in depth."


Clergy who observe an intensive personal therapeutic retreat:

"This has been quite amazing. It has seemed to short-circuit stuff quite immensely. It has been very powerful, useful and exciting to see it go. We spent a lot of time (200 hours plus) kicking out a lot of demons. You have revisited the places and achieved what we did not achieve."

"The nice thing from my perspective is that out of the many things in a person's  past and in the aspects of yourself that you are not even aware of, Jesus leads just exactly to the spot that needs to be dealt with. It gets dealt with and then you are to the next spot.  So the precision in dealing with what has to be dealt with is a nice part of this."  Paul White

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