Mental Wellness

Mental Health

Mental Health Professionals are trained to help you untangle the thought processes you may have got yourself into. Some find it helpful to have an outside ear to help bring perspective and understanding to their situation. Sometimes we can find ourselves in a place where we are unable to function in daily life because of the degree of emotional distress (anxiety and depression) that we are experiencing. Our Mental Health Professionals are trained in a number of therapeutic modalities that you will find helpful for a variety of situations.

Appointments: (807) 223-7406 x 3002

Our services are focused on individuals 16 yrs old+ (with age consideration for chronic disease and family issues.)

  • Situational anxiety or depression
  • Life change adjustment issues including injury, job loss, relocation or relationship change, workplace stress, sleep concerns, care giving support, menopause etc.
  • Issues related to chronic conditions including pain management
  • Relationship and marriage counselling
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Emotional eating / Disordered eating

If you are in need of immediate assistance, and need to speak with someone, please contact:

Crisis Response Services at: #1-866-888-8988​

​Child & Youth Mental Health (under the age of 18)
Outreach Worker: Deandra Leroux
Phone: (807) 216-0075
(Monday - Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.)

Laura Blair

Registered Psychotherapist

Hello, I'm Laura Blair!

I graduated with my Honours Bachelor of Psychology through Lakehead University, and subsequently completed my Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I am now a Registered Psychotherapist providing mental health therapy with the Dryden Area Family Health Team, which is where I originally completed my placement during my Master's program. It was during that time I recognized the power of a Family Health Team in being able to provide a holistic approach in providing a circle of care for clients, and how well it was received by the people in our community. It's important to work together with the different professionals of the health care field to provide clients with an array of treatment options. I'm excited to be part of this circle of care with the Family Health Team.

I was born and raised in Dryden, and have felt the ebbs and flows of community engagements, tragedies, and triumphs. I am happy to provide a safe and welcoming space for people to bring their struggles, and work together with a collaborative, client-centered approach to help you gain the tools you need to find some relief. We could all use a little help sometimes.

Connect with us so that we can support you and your mental health.

Marla Miller

Registered Psychotherapist

My journey began in Dryden where I was born and raised with the boreal forest as my playground. I broadened my horizons and moved to Thailand where I lived and worked for 2 years after graduating from Dryden High School in 2000. Returning to Canada, I pursued my post-secondary journey at the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Indigenous Studies in 2008. Ultimately, my path led back to beautiful NWO where I have grown roots and practiced as a mental health therapist for over 10 years. I am grateful to have experience working in children's mental health, mental health and addictions, and individual and couples therapy.

I have been a mental health therapist with the Dryden Regional Health Centre for 6 years and joined the Dryden Area Family Health Team in 2017.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and provide individual, couples, and family therapy at the Dryden Area Family Health Team. My goal is to help individuals connect to themselves on a deeper level and implement effective strategies to reduce symptoms of emotional distress. Improved mental health and well-being extends to effective communication within interpersonal relationships, family and community strengthening a sense of place and meaning.

Leanne Taylor

Registered Psychotherapist

I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and moved to Australia following graduation from high school and worked with a volunteer organization for 6 years where I met my husband. He followed me back to Thunder Bay (I know... why did I come back to Canada? Long story!) and we moved to Dryden in 1998 where we have raised our 3 children.

I started working at the Family Health Team 2010 as a program assistant. Most recently I have spent the last 10 years as in the Dryden Diabetes Program and for the Dryden Area Family Health Team primarily supporting the mental health programs processing and booking the mental health referrals and the CAMH tele psychiatry referrals.

I completed my diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling in 2014 and attained the designation as a Registered Professional Counsellor though the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association in 2015. While continuing to work at the Family Health Team, I maintained a private practice in supportive counselling serving clients in North Western Ontario all while working towards my full designation as a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, which was attained in 2022.

I provide client centred interpersonal therapy for individuals and couples in a safe, non-judgemental space where clients can be seen and heard, and their struggles witnessed with care, compassion and empathy. I work with clients to implement strategies that work to see change in both their emotional and mental health as well as to attain a greater sense of overall wellbeing.

I have enjoyed working within the inter professional dynamic of the Dryden Area Family Health Team for the last 12 years and am thrilled to be now working in the role of a Psychotherapist.

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