Bernadette Briand, BSW,RSW
Registered Social Worker
Bernadette is a mother of two grown children, a daughter, sister, auntie, and friend who finds strength, love, guidance and connection with all in nature. Each morning begins acknowledging the gift of the sunrise with gratitude and peace.
Bernadette is a registered Social Worker of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She attended King's University College, University of Western Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a focus on women's studies that included gender studies, equity and diversity.
Bernadette is currently completing a 5-month advanced course in the School of Awakening: Becoming a Teacher of Presence with Eckhart Tolle. In addition to learning to be present in the moment, this course teaches 'being with', and understanding our pain bodies as we begin to unfold personal history and experiences as one journeys towards healing.
Bernadette's practice is grounded in a trauma-informed, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and inclusive lens. For the past 12 years, Bernadette has been working with children, youth and families walking along side through experiences of crisis, trauma, exploring gender identity, youth justice concerns, anxiety, depression and suicidality while using a variety of therapeutic modalities that have included CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), mindfulness and land-based therapy.
Bernadette strives to embrace each new day rooted in a passion to interact with all living beings with humility, reciprocity, kindness and acceptance and is fully committed to continued learning and growth.