Family Counsellors

Family Counsellors

The WFS Family Counsellor Program respects and values western clinical practices and Anishinaabe cultural modalities. The Family Counsellor's will support and assist children and families from the 10 First Nation communities within the Fort Frances Tribal Area, that require intensive counselling and have complex needs. These services include children that are in-care, children living with their biological families, children that reside on or off reserve, as well as any student within the Rainy River District School Board who is experiencing mental or behavioural health issues. Nonetheless, this service is not intended to duplicate or replace clinical services offered at the First Nation level.

Our goal is to help clients understand and accept themselves, as well as assist the client in building effective coping skills that will empower them to help themselves. Our Family Counsellors facilitate Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), as well as a variety of other strategies and techniques from evidence-based therapies. While some of the people we serve may complete therapy in as little as 5-12 sessions, we understand that long term services are more effective for some people who have experienced trauma.

Our counselling process encourages us as clinicians to work with the families, caregivers, and workers of the effected youth very closely throughout the treatment process. Although referrals to our program are based on the specific needs of the child or adolescent, please understand that parent/caregiver participation is essential to the counselling process and the healing of your family.

Linked Documents

Service Delivery and Access Flow Chart

Referral Form


Circle of Healing

Cultural Adaptation Article

Meet Our Counsellors

Bailey Langford

Hello, Boozhoo, my name is Bailey and I am excited to be working as a Family Counsellor at Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.

I am a graduate of the Developmental Services Worker Program from Confederation College and I have completed the Honors Bachelor of Social Work Program at Lakehead University. Throughout my career of four years, I have had the opportunity to support children with developmental disabilities and complex needs within the school system and intensive behavioral programs. Furthermore, I have experience in providing treatment and support services to children, adolescents and their caregivers who are coping with crisis, trauma and other mental health concerns.

I believe in the power of a positive therapeutic relationship. I strive to ensure a collaborative and nurturing environment for clients to begin and continue their journey of healing and exploration. To me, it is important to use an approach that responds to the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of our being, while exercising cultural humility at the core of service delivery.

Miigwech and I look forward to supporting you. Please contact me at or 274-3201 ext. 4017.

Kaylee Heyens

Boozhoo, my name is Kaylee Heyens and I am honoured to be a Family Counsellor at Weechi-it-te-win Family Services. I was born and raised in the Rainy River District, and am a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelors in Kinesiology, minor in Psychology (high honours). While in Toronto, I had the opportunity to partake in student volunteer placements at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club supporting at risk youth. I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and once completed, I will become a Registered Psychotherapy (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO).

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to support victims of trauma, individuals living with the effects of an acquired brain injury, persons with developmental disabilities and complex mental illness, and other vulnerable populations. Though I predominately support children and adolescents in the WFS Counselling Program, I also have experience in adult services and feel very comfortable supporting adults in our communities.

Using my education and experience, my goal is to provide culturally relevant services to members of the 10 First Nation communities within the Fort Frances Tribal Area. As a Family Counsellor since December 2017, I have recognized the importance of providing clinical/psychological services rooted in customs, traditions, and values of the Anishinaabe people of Treaty #3. Furthermore, I strive to deliver services that meet the spiritual, cultural, physical, emotional, and social needs of First Nation children and youth, as well as families and caregivers in order to preserve the family unit.

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