A few words about us

Louise Phende, MSW, RSW is a clinical Social Worker and counsellor in private practice in Thunder Bay Louise Phende is a clinical Social Worker and counsellor in private practice in Thunder Bay.

She has extensive clinical training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), trauma informed therapy, incuding intergenerational trauma, CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy) and affirmative, attachment-based couples counselling, as well as a postgraduate certificate in counselling for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning) individuals and their families.

She obtained her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, where she had a special interest in ethnopsychology as well as cross-cultural social work. Louise has lived in Nome, Alaska, where she travelled to remote Yu'pik and Innupiaq communities located along the Bering Sea Coast in Alaska to assist the University of Alaska - Fairbanks with cultural archiving projects aimed at strengthening traditional culture whilst bridging the digital divide.

Louise also worked in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction in rural Vietnam, and taught digital video as a means of empowerment and cultural advocacy to Tibetan refugee youth in India. She returned to her birthplace, Thunder Bay, several years ago. An approved provider for Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health, Louise provides counselling to individuals and families eigible for coverage under Noninsured Health Benefits (NIHB) and the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS).

How we can help

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    Talking to someone skilled helps

    Expressing yourself in a safe, confidential, supportive environment can be very helpful. Clients often gain insight into their problems by talking them out in therapy.

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    It's never too late to learn new ways to cope.

    Sometimes, gaining insight into our problems aren't enough. We offer our clients tangible, concrete skills that they can use to help themselves feel better and respond more effectively when emotions run high during unavoidable, difficult situations. These skills are taught to clients during individual or group sessions.

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    We offer Wise in Mind, the only DBT Skills Group in Thunder Bay

    that is self-referring (meaning you do not need to be referred by your family physician or by a mental health professional). This is also the only DBT group scheduled outside out regular office hours for your convenience. Every Saturday morning, commencing this fall, we will meet to teach you how to better manage distress, balance out your emotions and improve your interpersonal relationships.

    Fall 2017 Wise in Mind Group Information