Brenda L. Aranda Martinez is an LCSW with 18 years counseling experience. She lives in Southeast Louisiana with her husband, Paul, and two dogs, Woody and Cinnamon. Brenda has had a lifelong passion for writing and art, and a deep interest in the search for meaning and purpose through spiritual and psychological development.
Brenda has a degree in General Studies from the University of New Orleans, with a focus on psychology, sociology, and health education. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the Southern University at New Orleans.
After Hurricane Katrina, Brenda received training through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in a holistic approach to counseling people with trauma. The Center for Mind-Body-Medicine was established by Doctor James Gordon. The center is located in Washington, DC.
Brenda has worked extensively with people who have experienced trauma — including populations with chronic mental illness; mental, physical, and sexual abuse; chronic and terminal illnesses; and death and loss; as well as with veterans of war.
Brenda’s other interests include studies in comparative religions and spirituality, Jungian psychology and philosophy, metaphysics, anthropology, archeology, quantum physics, and ecology.
Besides art and writing, Brenda’s other hobbies are reading, gardening, and genealogy.