Family Counsellors

The WFS Family Counsellor Program respects and values mainstream 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 multiple or complex needs. Children that are in-care that are currently presenting a need for treatment can also be referred.  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.  Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a model that our program has embraced and found to be effective in responding to our client’s needs. This highly structured, short-term therapy approximately 12-16 sessions is for children and youth who have experienced trauma. This process encourages us as clinicians to work with the families, caregivers, and or workers of the effected child very closely throughout the treatment process. TI-CBT is a component based therapy that contains numerous essential treatment modules designed to be delivered in a flexible manner to respond to the unique needs of each child and family.

Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy Includes:   

  • Psychoeducation
  • Relaxation/Stress Management
  • Affective Modulation
  • Cognitive Coping
  • Trauma Narrative/Cognitive Processing
  • In Vivo Desensitization
  • Conjoint Parent-Child Sessions
  • Enhancing Future Safety and Development

Service Delivery and Access Flow Chart

Referral Form


Youth Support Group

Circle of Healing

Cultural Adaptation Article


Bailey Langford

I am a family counsellor with Weechi-it-te-win Family Services. The counselling unit will provide services to community members on and off reserve for the ten First Nations of the Fort Frances tribal area. I am a graduate of the Developmental Services Worker Program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I am presently in the process of completing my studies in the Human Services program with Athabasca University. While studying at Confederation College I was afforded with the opportunity to spend time utilizing my skills and techniques at the catholic District School Board as a student support person and at the Autism Intervention Program as an instructor therapist. As a family counsellor one of my main goals is to provide a therapeutic supportive and nurturing environment for individuals and families, which will allow them to process thoughts, feelings and assist them in finding resolution to their issues. As a helper, I believe in an approach that responds to the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional parts of our being and work with the Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapy model in service delivery.  I look forward to meeting you and I am honored to be provided the opportunity to be of service.

I can be reached at (807)274-3201 ext. 4017