Brenda Quenneville has extensive experience working with clients who have suffered a variety of complex traumas. She knows that one traumatic experience can affect many key life areas. By creating a safe and supportive environment, she helps her clients untangle the complexities of their own unique experience. She helps them work toward transforming their emotional, physiological and psychological relationship with the traumatic experience to forge a new way of looking at and approaching life. Having graduated with a Master of Social Work and an Advanced Certificate in Social Work Clinical Supervision, Brenda provides social work services in North Bay and surrounding regions.
Through patience and a warm, caring approach, Brenda forms close therapeutic relationships with her clients. She utilizes a number of therapeutic modalities, depending on the right fit for each person. One of Brenda’s unique strategies is to help clients dealing with post-traumatic stress identify their survival story. Clients can often be held hostage by their memories, reliving the point of greatest trauma with such intensity that they forget they actually survived. By identifying the point at which they realized they had survived, she helps them take a significant step forward.
Brenda’s Practice Areas
With encouragement, Brenda helps her clients learn strategies to experience calm, peace and joy that can be transferred to other life areas. She helps them identify individual strengths, capabilities and supports, and helps them build on those strengths until they feel increasingly more empowered. Her greatest joy is watching a client transform into a more confident, inspired individual, eager to take on new challenges.
Brenda knows that societal expectations of human beings as “productive”, “independent”, and “strong” can often hold them back from recreating life beyond trauma, and her sessions involve comprehensive discussions about living life on one’s own terms. With gentle persuasion, she helps her clients transform the way they see the world and themselves by trying out different perspectives through reframing experiences.
Brenda’s goal is to build an authentic connection with her clients to give them a well-rounded, all-encompassing therapeutic experience in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. Her sessions help to empower them to make clearer decisions about how to live a life that fits for them.