Kenda has been working with children, youth, and adults for over twenty-five years. She was a clinical social work therapist for more than twenty years in Health, and now in Education, while working in concurrent private practice. She has been teaching at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, since 2008. Kenda has also presented at provincial, national, and international conferences.
Kenda holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree, and a Criminology Certificate from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She completed her clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Ontario. Kenda uses a variety of therapeutic techniques in her clinical practice including cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, art therapy, and narrative therapy. In more recent years, she has obtained specialized certificates from The Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), and currently sits on the CAPT Board of Directors.
Throughout her career, Kenda has worked with individuals in many of the following areas, including life transitions, trauma/post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, workplace stress, identity, relationships, adoption, and parenting. She believes in strengths-based interventions to develop healthy coping and positive well-being. She works from a neuro-relational, trauma-informed lens, is client-centered, and believes in the importance of therapeutic relationship in the change process. Kenda looks forward to working together with you in your journey towards positivity and wellness!