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About Our Team:

Rebecca Farnell has her Masters in Counselling Psychology through Adler University. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Through her studies, plus over 15 years experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Rebecca has a broad knowledge and capacity for understanding and working with this population. Rebecca has experience working with individuals with ASD in school, community, family and therapeutic settings.

Rebecca is deeply passionate about seeing individuals with ASD thrive and dare to dream big dreams. Rebecca desires to connect with clients through modeling skills, vocational development and emotional and therapeutic support through one on one and group counselling.

Rebecca works from a Person-Centered approach, valuing the inherent worth of every person and tailors counselling sessions to the specific needs of her clients. 

Rebecca’s Credentials:

Child and Youth Care Degree with Distinction 

University of Victoria, 2011

Masters of Counselling Psychology

Adler University, 2016

Registered Clinical Counsellor

British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, 2017

Membership # 14235

Types of Therapy Provided:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Individual Sessions

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behaviour. CBT is an evidence based therapy and is shown to be helpful in supporting individuals with ASD due to its focus on cognition and behaviour compared to more emotion focused therapies. Some examples include:

  • problem solving skills
  • modeling appropriate behaviours
  • recognizing unhelpful thoughts
  • recognizing unhelpful behaviours
  • journaling exercises
  • self reflection and growth

Individual sessions are typically 50 minutes. They are done in a quiet office space, free from distractions and interruptions. Session length can be customized depending in the needs of each client. Usually, most short-term counselling is between 6-10 sessions.

Please call 604-207-1980 ext. 2027 to discuss appointment availability and fee structure.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Group Sessions 

Group Therapy is a great way for individuals with similar concerns to come together for support, skills and encouragement. Group therapy provides a place for individuals to share their story and increase the awareness that they are “not alone.” Some benefits of group therapy include:

  • share experiences
  • share difficulties
  • learn ideas from others
  • role playing
  • practice solutions together

Some topics to discuss in group or individual sessions include:

  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Family Dynamics
  • Employment challenges
  • Social Skill challenges

Group sessions are typically 1.5 hours with a short break in the middle. Due to the nature of the group, it would be best to have a closed group, meaning individuals register for the group and attend all sessions. New participants are not allowed to join after the group has started, they must wait until a new group starts. The group sessions will be in a private room free from interruptions and distractions. The number of group sessions varies for each group. Usually, groups are between 8-12 sessions.

Please call 604-207-1980 ext. 2027 to discuss current group offerings, availability and fee structure.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is the most developmentally appropriate therapeutic approach for children.  It is doing children a disservice if therapists ask them to communicate their inner world the same way we ask adults; through talk therapy. Children do not have the same cognitive ability as adults; play bridges the gap between concrete experience and abstract thought.

Play therapy is an evidence based therapy that can be used as an effective treatment in resolving a variety of children’s problems (Bratton & Ray, 2000). Children enjoy coming to play therapy, they are welcomed by the counsellor who provides empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, as these are the core conditions that help to facilitate change.  It is the relationship with the therapist that promotes growth and healing. The child begins to explore the play room and starts to gather toys and materials that help convey to the therapist the thoughts and feelings of the child. The play room is a safe, special and even sacred place for the child to do the hard work he/she needs to do.

One to one play sessions are typically 1 hour in length. Please call 604-207-1980 ext. 2027 to discuss session availability and fee structure. Autism Funding can be used to cover the costs of play therapy.