Kenda Riggs

M.S.W. | R.S.W.

CLINICAL Social Worker

Kenda Riggs

Hi, my name is Kenda Riggs, and I have been working as a clinical social work therapist for over twenty years with children, teens, and adults within Eastern Health, as well as in concurrent private practice for over thirteen years.  I also have been enjoying teaching clinical skills to first year medical students at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 2008.

I hold a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Social Work & Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  I completed my clinical training with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Ontario working therapeutically with adults and youth, and I utilize a wide array of therapeutic techniques in my clinical practice including cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, art therapy, and narrative therapy.  With children, I have been using play therapy approaches in my practice for many years, but more recently have developed a special interest in obtaining specialized certificates from the Canadian Association of Play Therapy. I also have enjoyed presenting at both national and international conferences.

Throughout my career, I have been working with children, youth and adults who may have had difficult life experiences including but not limited to such areas as family changes, trauma and post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, bullying, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, workplace stress, identity, relationships, adoption, and parenting.  I believe in strengths-based interventions to develop healthy coping and positive well-being. I work from a neuro-relational, trauma-informed lens, am client-centered, and believe in the power importance of therapeutic relationship in the change process.

I look forward to working with you as we begin your journey towards positivity and wellness!