The Addiction and Mental Health Program at Thunder Bay Counselling provides a safe and judgment free place for you to work through substance use and mental health issues. We use a harm reduction approach to support your recovery journey and reduce harms associated with substance use.
Our counsellors provide confidential assessments and outpatient treatment to help you identify what makes you vulnerable to addictive substances and behaviours, to learn new ways of dealing with life challenges, and to reduce the negative impact of your use of substances. Where more intensive treatment is the recommendation from the assessment, we will work with you to make the referrals to other services.
Call us at (807) 684-1880 to learn more and to make an appointment.
Addiction & Mental Health Services:
Alcohol & Drug Assessment
Pre and Post Treatment Support
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Case Management Support
Breaking Free Online
Breaking Free is an online wellbeing and recovery support program that is FREE to use. It allows people to recognize and actively address the psychological and lifestyle issues that are driving their use of alcohol and/or drugs to help support their recovery. The program provides resources, positive coping strategies, and proven behaviour change techniques to support their long-term recovery.
An assessment is an important first step in figuring out how best to assist you in moving forward. The assessment will help determine which treatment option is the best fit for you today. Our staff are trained in using the GAIN (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) which is the assessment supported by the Province of Ontario. Many residential treatment centres require the completion of the GAIN before someone can attend residential treatment.
If you come for an assessment, we will ask questions about your substance use and treatment history, mental health, trauma, grief and loss, your supports, strengths and resources, legal problems, and more. The assessment may take one, two, or more sessions to complete. After the assessment is completed, your counsellor will talk to you about your treatment options.
There are many different treatment options associated with substance use:
individual and group counselling and psychotherapy
case management programs
pre and post residential treatment support
Residential Treatment (inpatient)
Short-term (about 1 month)
Medium-term (2 to 6 months)
Long-term (6 to 12 months)
For more information, watch the video below or call us at (807) 684-1880.
Pre and Post Treatment Support
If Day or Residential Treatment is the best option for you, we will support you through the process of going to and preparing for the program. This may include providing counselling and/or case management support for making changes with substance use, finding childcare and much more. We are also available after the treatment program is finished to provide you with ongoing counselling and support.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are forms of “talk therapy” and are a type of outpatient treatment. Talk therapy provides you with a confidential, safe and supportive environment to share what is troubling you. It is a process that can be used when you want to change something in your life, like your use of substances, and have not been able to make the change on your own. Our counsellors are skilled professionals who use a variety of approaches to best meet your needs and to help you explore, make changes and/or prevent relapse with your substance use.
Sometimes people need more support than counselling alone to help them make changes. We also provide “case management” services which help people with addiction and mental health issues, but also in accessing other services like housing, financial assistance and medical supports. This could mean that your counsellor will meet you out in the community, assist you in getting to appointments, and join you in attending meetings with other service providers.
We have specialized case management services for:
Adults being released from a correctional facility or those involved in the criminal justice system
Adults involved with a forensic facility or individuals living with mental health and substance use issues who are involved with the legal system
Adults who are receiving Opiate Replacement Therapies (ORT) like methadone or suboxone, or those who are wanting to access ORT
Women and people who identify as women who are pregnant or parenting young children
Youth or youth who are transitioning into adult services and are living with mental health and addictions.
For more information about our case management services for women who are pregnant or parenting, watch the video below.
Our team of Addiction and Mental Health professionals is also available to provide services to businesses and workplaces, including:
Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAP or EAP)
Assessment and counselling for employees
Workshops and training
If you are interested in our Corporate services, please contact Allane Danchuk, Director of Business and Finance, at (807) 684-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Back on Track
Back on Track is a program for individuals who have been convicted of an impaired driving offence or have had a 2nd or subsequent roadside suspension in the Warn Range.
The program has three parts; the assessment, the education or treatment program and the six month follow up. A Warn Range suspension drivers require the one day education or two day treatment workshop only.
To avoid delays in getting your license back, register for the program as soon as possible.
Community Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DTB) Based Skills Group
A DBT Based Skills Group is an educational group that teaches skills in the following areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Facilitators participate in a consultation team to ensure fidelity to DBT and support facilitation.
Thunder Bay wins a Transformative Change Award 2019
Thunder Bay Counselling is delighted to be a community partner in the RAAM Clinic.
Ontario Health North
In accordance with section 8.5 of the Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (MSAA) between Ontario Health North and Thunder Bay Counselling, we are required to make available a copy of the MSAA. Should you have any questions about it, please contact us.