Brenda Wisenthal – Social Worker/Counsellor

Brenda Wisenthal social worker Yellow Umbrella Wellness Center West Island

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
Yellow Umbrella Wellness Center West IslandI 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

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.