Here at Thunder Bay Psychology, our professional mental health team is dedicated to providing you with the care you deserve. Making professional therapy accessible, affordable and convenient at Thunder Bay, our clinical psychologists approach counselling with care, and compassion. All of the sessions are based on a relationship of understanding and respect. We have decades of experience working with a variety of individuals across different age groups, social situations, and occupations.
Our team is composed of experienced, understanding psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who develop tailored plans to suit the specific needs of each of our clients. The common thread that unites us at Thunder Bay Psychology is our passion to help people live more conscious, healthy, happier lives. To achieve these goals, our professionals develop tailored plans to suit the specific needs of each of our clients. We are determined in helping you accomplish your psychological goals.
We believe that together, we can create healthier, more meaningful relationships and help one another lead better lives. We seek to help every one of our clients find a renewed sense of hope and confidence as they resolve issues, reduce distress, and achieve personal growth. Consult our mental health professionals to assist you with any difficulties you may be experiencing.
The storms of life can be overwhelming, threatening and overpowering to knock us off the course and drag us down. It can implicitly harm our self-esteem and lower our confidence. Fear, doubt, sadness, old emotional dilemmas and broken relationships can all take their toll on us and rob us of our joy and peace. We are not however, defined by these storms, so much as how we rise above them. We are so much more than our struggles and pain.
Stepping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in professional counselling takes courage. If you choose to embark on your healing journey, be assured you won’t have to face the storms alone. Our compassionate psychologists will always be there with you to support and guide you throughout the process. Get ready to begin your next chapter of positive healing with one of the following experienced clinical psychologists.
Registered Clinical and Forensic/Correctional Psychologist
Dr. Johnston is a registered clinical and forensic/correctional psychologist in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Beginning in 1987, he has accumulated over 30 years of hospital-based experience at both McKellar General Hospital and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. From 1992 until 2011, Dr. Johnston served as a Part-Time Consultant with St. Joseph’s Care Group Behavioural Sciences Centre. Dr. Johnston has extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing and treating troubled adults with psychotherapy. This includes both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
In addition to opening his own private practice in 2011 (now Thunder Bay Psychology), Dr. Johnston is a partner in Thunder Bay Mental Health Assessments with Psychiatrist Dr. J. Stewart. To find out more about this organization, click here.
For many years, Dr. Johnston has been an adjunct professor with Lakehead University, and lecturer with the University of Toronto. He was a clinical supervisor of hospital staff, a psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatric residents, and continues to supervise university psychology graduate students in office. He is also the former director of training for the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium (NORPIC). and has worked with the judiciary system as well. His work has also involved the psychiatric, characterological, intellectual, risk of recidivism and malingering assessment of both forensic and correctional patients and offenders.
Dr. Johnston has performed countless psychological assessments throughout his career at the hospital, for insurance companies, employers, the Behavioural Sciences Centre as well as at his own practice, Thunder Bay Psychology.
Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
Hugh Walker is a seasoned marriage and family therapist registered with the American and Ontario Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists and a member of the Ontario College of Psychotherapists. Aside from working with us here at Thunder Bay Psychology, Hugh is currently employed as a Clinical Supervisor with St. Joseph’s Care Group and previously worked as the Family Therapy Educator for the University of Winnipeg. His service provision consists of marriage and family therapy, complex grief reactions, existential therapy, anxiety and depression therapy, emotional intelligence education, and dignifying the experience of meaningful loss along life span.
With many years of experience working with individuals and families, Rev. Hugh is very well-known and respected within our community. It gives us great pleasure to be able to offer you his services at our clinic.
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Teatero is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and has been in the field since 2008. She has experience in consultation and assessment, as well as individual and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Teatero graduated with her Masters and Ph.D. from Lakehead University and is currently the co-assistant director of the Northwestern Ontario Psychology Internship Program at the Mental Health Outpatient Services (MHOP) for the St. Joseph’s Care Group.
She is honoured to work with various clients and has been particularly passionate over the last few years in providing services to first responders and women who are pregnant or in the postpartum stages. She can provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP), Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and uses mindfulness-based therapy in her work with clients.
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Dan Boudreau is a licensed social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Dan joined our team in 2019, but has been working full time as a Mental Health Counselor for over 25 years. For over two decades he has been working with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and is also on faculty for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, supervising psychiatry residents for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Dan is very focused on the therapeutic relationship he has with his clients, and is very passionate about working with each and every individual he sees. He has extensive training in a number of therapy models including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
He is experienced in working with people affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, anxiety, work stress, interpersonal conflict, and trauma.
Dr. Mandy Hawkins is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has been working in the field since 2004. For the last eight years, Dr. Hawkins has been working primarily with adults with various types of trauma, PTSD, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and work-related issues. For the past four years, she has also worked in an Occupational Trauma Program, providing trauma - and return - to work-focused treatment to workers who developed a psychological injury in response to stressors and incidents at work.
Dr. Hawkins has spent the last nine years offering these services in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. She has recently returned to her hometown of Thunder Bay and is excited to continue with this work here.
Her primary treatment modality is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), but she can also offer Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Psychotherapist and Social Worker
Lauren is grateful to be living and working on the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation, a signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. She was born and raised in Thunder Bay and is passionate about helping people in our northern community.
Lauren is a licensed social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Lauren has completed her Honours Bachelor of Social Work and will complete the Masters of Social Work in the summer of 2021.
Lauren is well versed and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness-based therapies. Lauren has experience working within a multidisciplinary team, with a primary focus on brief counselling for depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues and burnout.
She prides herself in providing care in a kind and gentle manner.
Sharon Howk-Ventrudo is a registered clinical and health psychologist who has been working in the field since 1992. She graduated with her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Lakehead University and is registered, in good standing, with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Sharon has been working in hospital-based programs providing out-patient psychotherapy in the areas of general community mental health and chronic disease management. Her service provision consists of therapy for depression, anxiety, grief, stress, burn out, interpersonal conflict, health self-management, and trauma/PTSD.
She has been trained in a number of therapy models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness based interventions.
She has had the privilege of developing trusting relationships with her clients over the years and is honoured to share in each person’s personal journey.