Counselling & Consulting
Social Work Therapy and Experience Sharing
Welcome to Centered Fire!
I am passionate about supporting people, communities and organizations in healing.
I do this through individual counselling services, clinical consultation & supervision and organizational knowledge sharing.
I have a special interest in healing the impact of trauma within people, relationships and communities.
I am a master-level social worker who is registered with the OCSWSSW.
The first decade of my career was working front-line with people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or biploar mood disorder. In 2011 I moved to North Bay, and began working in the violence against women sector, as the executive director of a sexual assault centre. While working as an executive, keeping my therapeutic skills sharp was a top priority for me, and my clinical practice focused on providing therapeutic support to the some of the more complex needs of survivors. During that time I earned a post-graduate certificate in advanced clinical social work supervision. I have found that one of the best ways to continue with my professional development has been to teach. Currently I am a part-time faculty member with Nipissing University's School of Social Work, teaching a third-year structural and interpersonal violence course.
I am taking the knowledge gained from over 16 years of combined experience in both of the mental health and trauma sectors, coupled with the different organizational positions I've held, to provide direct service practice to individuals and knowledge sharing to service providers & organizations.
Areas Of Service
I think of healing as becoming centered again, and reigniting our internal fire. The healing journey is different for everyone, and sometimes you may find yourself looking for someone who can help guide you along the way.
I use a blend of modalities and techniques, though the basis of my approach is primarily narrative therapy, delivered from a holistic perspective. One of my strengths is in building safe and secure therapeutic relationships. If you are looking for someone you can feel safe enough to open up with, perhaps give me a try. I would be honoured to join you in your own healing journey.
I provide services in both the North Bay and New Liskeard areas.
North Bay: 139 Worthington st East
New Liskeard: 75 Dixon st
An understanding of the role and impact of trauma is of growing importance among service providers and organizations. This is wonderful news for our clientele whose lives have been touched by traumatic events and need trauma-informed care. It is my goal to support service providers and organizations in becoming trauma-informed.
I do this by providing:
Clinical supervision to help mitigate the impact of trauma work on those who help (vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, moral distress);
Trauma-specific support on special projects;
Experience sharing and workshops for service providers and organizations to learn more about trauma, working with trauma and/or impact of trauma on organizations.
Brenda Quenneville, MSW, RSW
North Bay, ON, Canada