Brenda Wisenthal

Social Worker/Counsellor

I am a social worker with a Master of Social Work degree and 25 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have worked in public and community organizations, and private practice. Organizations for which I have worked include Friends for Mental Health (West Island) and the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre.


Theoretical framework

As a counsellor, I draw on theoretical frameworks tailored to the needs and goals my clients identify. These include a systemic approach, a psychosocial approach, a solution-focused/goal-oriented approach, and cognitive behavioural therapy.


About my practice

I believe that people are resilient,  and have the ability to grow and change.

I work with clients to help them improve their relationships, emotional well-being, and quality of life. I assist and collaborate with my clients in identifying clear and attainable goals, building on their strengths, bolstering their coping strategies, and improving their self-esteem.


I am caring, supportive, and respectful. I provide my clients with a non-judgmental, confidential, and safe environment in which to discuss their issues and concerns.


My greatest strength as a counsellor is my ability to connect with my clients in an empathetic manner and create a strong therapeutic relationship with them.


Areas of expertise

Stress management
Anger management
Grief/loss/bereavement
Partner and family relationships
Marriage and couple issues
Separation and divorce
Parenting issues
Health issues
Mental health issues
Assertiveness/self-esteem
Problem-solving/communication skills
Managing major life transitions


Training

Master of Social Work: McGill University, Montreal, 1991
Bachelor of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal, 1990
Diplôme de Culture Française: Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1973
Bachelor of Arts: York University, Toronto, 1972


Additional expertise

Advanced training in loss and bereavement, anxiety and depression, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Completed a Certificate Program in Psychotherapy for Bereavement, Loss, and Life Transitions. 
Advanced training in anxiety and depression, cognitive behavioural therapy, and brief solution focused therapy.


Professional affiliations

Member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (Permit number: NYMB91/09/130TS)


Language of Practice

English


Please contact me at 514-794-9031.

brendawisenthal@gmail.com