─ Brent Beresford ─

Therapist, PhD Candidate

Brent Beresford is a PhD candidate in the Clinical and Research Psychology program at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), and a therapist at Connecte Montreal Psychology Group, being supervised by Dr. Jodie Richardson and Dr. Andrea Martin. His doctoral research explores the rehabilitation process for injured workers, investigating how mindfulness-based group psychotherapy can help create a more sustainable return to work. Before his doctoral studies, Brent practiced as an occupational therapist for 12 years. The work that he did in various settings allowed him to develop an appreciation for whole-person care. He has received extensive training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and completed all required mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor trainings at the Center for Mindfulness, at the University of Massachusetts. Over the past four years, Brent has been developing and giving acceptance and commitment therapy groups to a variety of clientele—from university students, to recently arrived immigrants, to senior managers. He has also been leading mindfulness-based groups for healthcare professionals, helping them to incorporate mindfulness into their own therapeutic approaches.

Mindfulness is a way of life for Brent, and he is passionate about exploring how it can help his clients. His style of therapy integrates different approaches, resting on the basic premise that although many people—including himself, may feel wounded and vulnerable, we are also completely whole. His wish is to help his clients find meaning, fulfilment, and an appreciation for the valued moments of everyday living.

When he’s not at work, he tries to meditate. There are so many moments to appreciate! Other than getting outdoors, yoga, good conversation, and playing his new djembe, he is falling in love with his recently born little girl.