Counselling and Assessment Services for Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario

Established in 1987, the Behavioural Sciences Centre (BSC) provides counselling and assessments for individuals, organizations, and corporations in Thunder Bay and across Northwestern Ontario. As part of the St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG), one of the largest healthcare organizations in Thunder Bay, BSC maintains a high standard of professionalism and integrity.

Mission Statement

BSC’s mission is to provide responsive, confidential and high-quality counselling and assessment services to the people of Northwestern Ontario.

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Core EFAP Counselors

Utilizing an evidence based approach our team is skilled in several treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitizing & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), among others.

A good relationship, the research finds, is essential to helping a client connect with, remain in and get the most from therapy. Our therapists operate on the notion that therapy is a two way relationship in which the client and therapist are equal partners working together to define and actualize therapy goals, including the direction the therapy relationship is taking.

BSC’s therapists have a minimum of a Master’s level education in the fields of clinical psychology, social work, and/or psychotherapy.

We provide support and treatment for a number of mental health challenges for adults and adolescents including, but not limited to:

  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Couples and Family Challenges
  • Body Image Issues
  • Work/Life Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Addictions
  • Anger

Kelly Paglaro, M.A. RP

With over 25 years as a Registered Psychotherapist Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has Advanced Training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Level II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kelly has extensive experience supporting individuals, couples, and families with life transitions; depression; anxiety; family conflict; grief; stress & burnout, trauma. Utilizing an evidence based approach Kelly works with clients to identify strategies to help make sense of their experiences and collaborates further to develop tools and coping skills that alleviate distressing symptoms. Through her approach she can help develop insights and perspectives, as well as the self-awareness and self-worth to get to the heart of the matter.

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Sarah Spencer, M.A RP, CCC

Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor and Certified Career Strategist with over 10 years of combined experience in career and mental health counselling. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a major concentration in women’s studies at Lakehead University and her Master of Counselling with a specialization in counselling psychology at Athabasca University. In addition to her education, Sarah has experience in private practice as well as various community organizations. In these roles she gained experience working with survivors of various traumas, individuals living with mental health concerns, youth struggling with the transition to adulthood, children and parents navigating behavioural and emotional difficulties and so many more presenting issues.

Sarah believes that therapy is an opportunity to start conversations about personal and interpersonal growth. In taking a step on this quest to seek healthier relationships with ourselves and those that surround us, we become aware of the thoughts, emotions, behaviours, narratives and contexts that no longer serve us or negatively impact our journeys. Sarah collaborates with her clients in their attempts to change habits, achieve growth and/or improve functioning from an integrative/eclectic perspective. Her approach includes a variety of cognitive behavioural techniques (drawn from REBT, CBT, ACT, DBT, CPT) as well as post-modern strategies (influenced by mindfulness, solution-oriented, narrative approaches).

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Kylie Campbell MA RSW

Kylie is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, and a post graduate certificate in Addictions Treatment and Prevention. She has experience providing CBT, Person Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to support individuals with a variety of challenges and goals. She has experience supporting individuals with anxiety, depression, substance use, addictions, chronic pain, stress, relationships, employment, and workplace issues. She focuses on supporting each person from where they are to achieve their unique goals. She values empathy, acceptance and respect for each person. She strives to provide a non-judgmental, collaborative, and empowering environment that honors each person’s strengths and autonomy.

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Megan Baskie, M.A RP (Qualifying)

Megan Baskie (She/Her) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). Her qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. In her work, she aims to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive and significant change. Operating under the idea that people are the experts of their own lives. As such, my role is to support clients through the therapeutic process in ways that fit best for them. This happens in a confidential environment where she collaboratively works with clients to try and find, or develop, the most appropriate skills and strategies that may help them manage their concerns. Clients are encouraged to offer insight and suggestions during session to enhance this process!

Taking a generalist approach that incorporates tools tailored to the individual needs of the client. This may include, but is not limited to: cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, positive psychology, and/or strengths-based practice. Each theoretical orientation offers diverse recommendations and processes to help clients achieve their goal(s). For example, She may use tools from cognitive behavioural therapy to help a client change maladaptive thoughts while integrating skills from dialectical behavioural therapy to help them improve interpersonal communication.

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Stephanie Biggs, M.A RP (Qualifying)

Stephanie is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Her therapeutic method is rooted in an integrative and person-centered approach, drawing from therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Based Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Narrative therapy. Stephanie has experience working with a range of issues, including but limited to anxiety, depression, grief/loss, stress, workplace issues, relationships, self-esteem, life transitions, and trauma.

Stephanie values the importance of fostering a client-centered relationship, to build trust, safety, and acceptance. She believes that everyone has the capacity to move towards change if they have access to a supportive and non-judgemental environment where they can explore their own unique stories.

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Consultants

Ihor Kozyra, M.A.

Ihor has 50+ years of experience in various areas of psychology, including multi-disciplinary counseling, psychological assessments and University lecturer. His counseling specialties include marital counseling, conflict resolution and psychological trauma. Ihor is holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (BA), Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (MA) and has additional certification in Specialized Counseling, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ihor has a direct and comprehensive understanding of school systems and the various roles within. Ihor joined BSC after retiring from the local Catholic School Board in 1995. While with the Board (1968 -1995) Ihor worked primarily as a Psychometrist and Assistant to the Superintendent of Special Education.

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Karen Storeshaw, M.A.

Karen is a Registered Psychotherapist who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012. Since then, she has worked in the field at various practice sites, treating adolescent and adult clients from primarily CBT and DBT therapeutic orientations.

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John Biancospino, HBSW, RSW

John worked for 24 years at the Children’s Centre in various capacities, beginning with CYW in the residential program; Family Based Program proving in-home parenting support; Social Worker/Case manager in different rolls working with parents, youth, adolescents, and children, providing therapy and counseling. He worked in the Walk-In clinic provided by CCTB/TBC addressing many issues presented in a single session solution focused format.

John’s training, over the years, has been with issues and disorders including anxiety, attachment disorder, depression, conduct, borderline personality, addiction, workshops and practice development in different treatment approaches including DBT, CBT, family therapy, mood disorders, narrative and solution focused therapy. John specializes in addictions, DBT model, and solution focused/brief intervention model.

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**Peter MacDonald, B.A. (Phil. & Psych.)

Mr. MacDonald has earned Specialist Standing with the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education, and has over 20 years of related experience. He is a recently retired employee of St. Joseph’s Care Group. BSC counsellors often refer individuals, couples, and families to Peter for grief counselling, spiritual counselling, and trauma debriefing and diffusing. He has also presented several Myers-Briggs workshops to groups in a variety of settings.

**Referral to a Psychologist is made only after initial intake with a Counselor and upon approval of the Manager. Psychologists are fee for service and used only for assessment services.

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Kelly Schulz, Registered Kinesiologist

Kelly is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologist of Ontario and a certified Functional Abilities Evaluator. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Physical Education Degree at Lakehead University in 1993. Kelly has worked in the areas of rehabilitation, personal training, consulting and functional assessing over the past 21 years. She has been completing EAP Wellness Consultations for Behavioral Sciences Centre for over 10 years.

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Alixis Davidson, Registered Dietitian

Alixis is a Registered Dietitian and working towards obtaining her Certified Diabetes Educator certificate. She graduated with a degree in BSc Human Nutrition with Honours and Integrated Dietetic Internship in 2018 from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She has been working as a Registered Dietitian since April 2018 with past experience in long-term care, community and population health, chronic disease management and experience on the regional stroke unit in an acute setting. Based on past experiences, she feels confident in her ability to bring previous knowledge and experience to serve the patients at the Behavioural Sciences Centre. Alixis provides nutrition counselling and education on a variety of nutrition related concerns such as diabetes, weight management, lipid management, hypertension, infant/child and family nutrition, digestive diseases, prenatal nutrition and plant-based eating patterns

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