News | 15th November 2021

Victims Services Map

Thunder Bay Counselling Launches Virtual Victims Services Map to Breakdown Barriers and Increase Access to Supports

Thunder Bay, ON, November 15, 2021 - As a part of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, today Thunder Bay Counselling in partnership with Sexual Abuse Centre Thunder Bay and Faye Peterson House, launched a new virtual Victim Services Map that identifies victims of crime supports available throughout the city of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation.

The interactive online map, made possible with the support of the Department of Justice Canada, features 29 locations that can also be searched through categories of Addiction, Child Protection, Counselling, Immediate Support, Justice, Medical, and Women’s Shelters.

“The faces of crime victims are those of our family, friends, neighbours and community members. Anyone can become a victim of crime, and victims should not feel alone. The Victim Services Map is a tool that can be quickly and easily accessed on a mobile device or computer by those who are a victim of crime and need support nearby. It’s a new way to navigate the system with local resources listed all in one place,” says Nancy Chamberlain, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Counselling

A victim of crime is a person who has suffered physical or emotional harm, property damage, or economic loss as a result of a crime committed by another person. Types of crime can include assault, domestic violence, home invasion, sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide, elder abuse and neglect. According to the Thunder Bay Police Service, in 2020, Thunder Bay recorded 1,875 crimes of violence alone, which doesn’t include other types of crime and those not reported.

“Surviving a crime is not something that happens overnight. Being a victim can be a very traumatic experience that may result in physical, emotional, and psychological challenges,” explains Deb Dika, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre Thunder Bay. “The effects of crime can persist for years and have life-long impacts for some victims. Immediate support can lead to possible positive outcomes and mitigate some long-term impacts.”

The theme for National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is “The Power of Collaboration”. Throughout the week, Thunder Bay Counselling and its partners will continue to raise awareness about victims’ issues and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.

“There is a need within the victims services field for increased collaboration, as well as enhanced coordination, partnerships and multi-disciplinary responses to better support victims,” says Debbie Zweep, Executive Director, Faye Peterson House. “The Victim Services Map helps break down barriers, with organizations working together to ensure that survivors of crime receive the services and supports they need when they need it. This not only helps the individual heal, but it also improves community safety and wellbeing. “

As an example of community collaboration and partnership, the Victim Services Map was developed as a tool that can be viewed on many service provider web-sites, including Thunder Bay Counselling’s at:

News | 28th September 2021

Human Trafficking Training 2021

Learn how to recognize, respond and help build a safer community by combatting human trafficking.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide. We all encounter trafficking situations and need the tools to respond. This training, provides skills
to recognize and provide support, including knowing the signs, who is at risk, stages of human trafficking, and how to engage with survivors. Understand how to step in and intervene. The training is brief but has the potential to save lives.

Who is this training for?
This training is available to any individual, business, organization, or group looking to better their understanding of human trafficking and to improve their engagement with survivors of this crime. Each training session can be tailored to your organization or business, with a focus on who your workforce is, along with customer and audience base.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to notice signs and symptoms of human trafficking.
  • Gain engagement tools to help keep people safe.
  • Know community supports to make appropriate referrals.

News | 1st September 2021

Tomorrow Without Violence 2021

A group for children and teens who have experienced domestic violence.

5-Week Virtual Group | Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30

Upcoming Groups:
September 28th to October 26th
October 12th to November 9th
November 2nd to November 30th

For more information call: Janna (807) 683-4710

Tomorrow Without Violence is a group for children and teens to learn about the impact of domestic violence including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse.

The group provides a safe place to discuss the violence, begin to heal from its effects and learn that it is not okay and not their fault. The group also supports mothers in learning how to support their children’s healing.

Each 5-week virtual group focuses on:

  • Feelings
  • Boundaries
  • Grief, Loss & Change
  • Families’ Experience of Violence
  • Coping
  • Mindfulness
  • Safety Planning
Registration Form

News | 31st August 2021

Governance Training 2021

A 5-Part Series for Board of Directors
Presented By: Diane Walker, MSW, RSW, PhD




  • New or returning board members
  • Anyone interested in board governance
  • Executive Directors/Senior Managers
  • Excellent opportunity to orient new board members


  • How does a Board lead an organization without getting involved in day to day operations?
  • What is my role as a Board member?
  • What is the role of the CEO/Executive Director?
  • How will I know if the organization provides quality products and services?
  • What authority do I have?
  • How do I assess organizational risk?


  1. Orientation to Good Governance: Principles of Good Governance = Quality = Outcomes, Authority, Accountability October 13, 2021
  2. Governance - Policy in Action: Monitoring and Managing Organizational Performance, CEO Board Relationship, CEO Performance Reviews, Board Performance December 1, 2021
  3. Governance and the Strategic Plan: Balancing outcomes with strategy in the pursuit of sustainable excellence January 26, 2022
  4. Governing for Quality Services: How to govern for quality without getting into operations March 23, 2022
  5. Risk Governance: protecting and sustaining organizational capacity in both governance and operations May 4, 2022


News | 4th May 2021


Feeling Meh? There’s a new buzzword in town that gives a name for that “blah” you might be feeling. After a year of lockdowns, being separated from family and friends, endless anxiety and stress, it’s no secret that many of us are finding it difficult to concentrate and be productive. But what many of us might not realize, is there’s actually a name for what you are going through- it’s called languishing.

This terminology isn’t new in the world of mental health but has become a hot topic after a recent article was published in the New York Times, giving it the title of “the dominant emotion of 2021”.

So what does it mean exactly? “I’m FINE.” Sure, you’re fine, but are you good? Languishing is described as falling somewhere between not feeling good but not feeling terrible. It’s an absence of well-being, and scarcity of joy. Right now this state is prevalent because of the lack of social contact, regular routine, life purpose and control— things that are known to improve your mental health.

If things appear dull, and you’re feeling like you have a mega lack of energy, find it hard to regain focus, can’t manage daily activities, have lost interest in work (or even struggle to work), don’t have positive feelings about life, and are struggling when it comes to productivity, you are most likely languishing.

We can’t neglect the mental toll of what we’ve been through over the past year, and it’s understandable that we’re all just really, really tired. We miss the good stuff…seeing friends, going out to restaurants, travelling. So what can we do to pull ourselves up? Understanding and identifying languishing helps us shift our focus.

  • Recognize you are in this state.
  • Identify what you have stopped doing in your life that generally makes you happy.
  • Determine habits that can pull you back.
  • Fill out a calendar. Do things regularly every day. Find your routine.
  • Work on rebuilding positive relationships with others. Pick up the phone and talk to people.
  • Try to find that purpose. Many of us are missing that direction in life right now, which keeps pushing us into the state of languishing.

These little steps can help you see changes and improvements daily. However it’s also important to realize that languishing does carry the potential risk for future issues and could be heading in the direction of depression. So how do you know if it’s more than languishing that you’re experiencing? When you’re no longer walking that line between feeling good and terrible, but leaning towards feeling lousy for extended periods of time, you should look into getting support from a counsellor or mental health professional. Things to watch for— when coping strategies aren’t helping or are leading to overspending, substance abuse, and excessive eating, along with other signs such as thoughts of self-harm or suicide and feeling like no one cares or understands you.

News | 17th March 2021

It’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

Being a community advocate and the pressures of leading in a social media world

It all started 2 years ago, on an evening in October 2019. Having just moved back to Thunder Bay from spending 10 years in Calgary and Toronto, finding my feet after riding the Oil and Gas boom & bust in Fort McMurray.  I decided it was time to step up and give back to my community.  It was time to advocate for broader inclusion and acceptance of the 2SLGBTQIA+ & the Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) communities of our city and region.

I have always been someone who tackles things head on with full gusto, even in times where restraint is needed.  My passion and love for my community can often take the wrong approach and my learnings over the past 3 years have shown and taught me a few valuable lessons in coping and managing the pressures of public life, building your community and managing the noise that is Social Media.

Being a public facing spokesperson and community advocate is oftentimes thankless and deeply hard work.  It takes everything you have to move past the noise, move past the trolling, memes, comments and see what you are doing as important and meaningful.  Working to better your community will oftentimes take 1-step forward and two steps back, but after it has all said and done, you see the change your community experienced.

When I was faced with difficult decisions, criticism and out-right hate while we were launching the Rainbow & Transgender Crosswalk project, there was a lot of misinformation, innuendos and much bigotry.  This weighs heavily on you, not only as the Chair and Leader of the organization building it but as someone who has invested countless hours and passion into working to build acceptance and visibility into the Queer & Trans communities of Thunder Bay.  This project took the most out of me; it took the most out of my friends and family.  The stress was evident; the hurt was palpable.  Working so hard for something so meaningful but being broken by the few loudest voices was hard.

I found ways to manage the stress and anxiety, I sought out support from professional counsellors, and I spoke out more about the stress and anxiety I was experiencing.  I sought guidance from other community leaders and those who had done this work before me.  They all came to the same conclusion, what our community organization and I were doing was right and it was desperately needed.  In order to support my board, friends, family & community, I needed to first recognize and accept the pressures of the job, the pressures of leading a controversial project and that the project was meaningful for our 2SLGBTQIA+/GSD communities.

The noise was there, constantly; the hate filled comments online, the emails into the organization calling us pedophiles and other vile names.  I was always reminded of the times being told by many friends, stop reading the comment; delete the emails! As easy as this was to say, it is much harder in practice.  I took the feedback from counsellors, friends and trusted confidants and I found ways to distract from the noise, I reduced reading articles posted to Facebook or Twitter.  I would reduce my use of Social Media, turn my phone off and put it away at night.  I would go find my news from the actual source, direct to the news outlet websites and read the articles posted and avoid the comments all together.

I learned throughout that sticking to facts and messaging helped me overcome the noise. I kept repeating the message, the numbers and the path forward. Kept repeating why this project was so important to our communities’ long-term acceptance and for the visibility of Queer and Transgender folks.  Seeing yourself in your community when you are considered less than or an outcast because of who you authentically are or who you love shouldn’t preclude yourself from living in a community or giving back because of a few noisy and hate filled posts and internet trolls.

I have had to teach myself to stop believing everything you read online and shut out the noise. I had to surround myself with those who support and lift you up rather than demean or ridicule the good work you are doing. I sought the counsel of good friends, trusted family and had to believe in myself, and the work I was doing to build the community we all could be proud to call home.  We owe it to ourselves and to others, to support each other, empower those to do better and bring love and kindness to everything we do.

We know life can and will throw us curveballs, how we overcome these obstacles is how we will grow and change.  Knowing there are people who you can talk to, seek guidance from, friends, and family who will always be there to pick you up when you fall; these are the important life lessons we learn when we put ourselves out there.  I always say to live life without regrets, accept your mistakes as lessons learned and fight for causes you believe in!

It is okay to ask for help when you need it and its okay to not be okay but always believe in yourself even when others do not. Remember, doing something is better than sitting at home trolling internet comments. Actions speak louder than words!

Stay Well, Stay strong, Spread love!

Jason Veltri
Community Advocate

Thunder Bay Counselling welcomes guest bloggers to share their personal voices, experiences and views through our Believe in Change Blog. The views of guest bloggers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Thunder Bay Counselling. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, Thunder Bay Counselling cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Please note that any opinions or advice provided in the blog is not intended to be a substitute for services provided by our professional staff.

News | 12th March 2021

Everything is NOT OK

The pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on people’s mental health and addiction and it doesn’t end when the pandemic is over. Today, 74% of Ontarians are experiencing increased mental health and substance challenges.

Mental health and addiction organizations in Ontario have come together for the “Everything is not OK” campaign. We have joined as one voice to call for action to tackle wait times for access to mental health and addiction care in Ontario as well as to improve access to high-quality supports and services regardless of age, geography, ability to pay, or the level of support that is required.

We are looking for everyone’s support to join us and call for action. Please sign the petition showing your support:


For more information, please visit


News | 4th February 2021

Parenting in a Pandemic – Webinar

Thunder Bay Counselling is excited to share a new webinar series Parenting in a Pandemic.

The 5 topics covered include:

  • Healthy Communication
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mindfulness & Emotional Regulation
  • Parental Resiliency
  • Mental Health Awareness

This webinar series is open to caregivers involved with a child protection agency, including caregivers working with a CAS, foster care providers, or kinship care providers. Caregivers can attend as many sessions as they would like at no cost to them.

Parenting in a Pandemic is being offered from now until March 31, 2021.

For more information or to register, click to view the flyer Parenting in a Pandemic.

Careers, News | 29th January 2021

Be a Clinical Affiliate for Thunder Bay Counselling

If you’re looking for an additional challenge or want to support more individuals and families to positively change their lives, join our network of Clinical Affiliates.

Thunder Bay Counselling is seeking Counsellors/Psychotherapists who are available to complement our full-time team in contracting roles. As a Clinical Affiliate, you will provide therapeutic and evidence informed interventions to individuals, couples and families. Some of the issues facing our client population include Violence Against Women, gender-based violence, sexual abuse and assault of men and women, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship conflict, stress, anger, life transitions and work-life balance. Interventions are typically short to medium term.

As a member of our network of Clinical Affiliates, you will be offered flexible contract opportunities that will be adapted to fit your personal or other employment responsibilities. Your caseload as a Clinical Affiliate will be determined by you, based on your availability and other commitments. This opportunity is highly suited for individuals who are seeking a complement to their current job or for retired practitioners who are ready for a new challenge.

In light of COVID-19, the demand for counselling services continues to grow in Thunder Bay and region. This is a rewarding opportunity to help deliver responsive mental health supports to people in our communities during this health pandemic.

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  • Masters level degree in a social science
  • Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Five (5) years’ experience providing counselling
  • Sound theoretical framework for working in a variety of areas, with an emphasis on trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship issues
  • Training and experience in crisis intervention, including assessing for and intervening with risk of harm to self and others

If you are interested or need more information, please contact:
Allane Danchuk,
Director of Business & Finance
Thunder Bay Counselling
(807) 684-1892

To be eligible, you must independently be insured for professional liability, have equipment needed to provide the service (including a telephone with confidential voice mail, email and equipment that supports video conferencing), and confidential office/ working space. Applicants do not need to live in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay Counselling positively promotes equal opportunities and diversity in all elements of our governance, management and work. Join our team as a Clinical Affiliate.