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My name is Susan Farr (pronouns: she/her); I have a Masters of Education and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I have been practicing in Victoria since my graduation in 2005 from the University of Victoria’s Counselling Program. Originally from England, I bring both my personal and professional experience into my work with clients. I am in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
In addition to my graduate-level education in Counselling, I have had training in the following areas: Compassionate Enquiry (Gabor Mate); Response-Based Therapy (Allan Wade); Equine Assisted Therapy (Deborah Marshall); Somatic Experiencing (Peter Lavine).
Human beings are hurt most in their relationships with others; healing must take place within a relationship based on empathic understanding and trust. In light of this, I strive to build strong, positive, and compassionate relationships with my clients. Feeling safe, comfortable and understood are the keys to a positive recovery. I let my clients go at their own pace, never judging them but allowing them to become vulnerable as they are ready. Trauma symptoms can be relieved only when the survivor feels safe-enough to begin to talk about and work through their experiences. My role is to facilitate this process in a way that is unique to each person. A part of what I do is to help the client to get to know and accept the parts of themselves that may have been lost as a result of the trauma. My experience tells me that it is possible for clients to find relief from the pain and struggle of trauma.