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Growing Minds Counselling
Welcome's you
Counselling for teens, young adults, parents, & families.

Hi, I'm Alisa.

 

A Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C.

(she/her), MACP, RCC

 

 

Let's begin with conversation about you and what brought you here today. Hi, I'm Alisa, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #22768) and the founder of Growing Minds Counselling. I'm glad you're here!

Alisa Farina

In life, we sometimes experience situations that are difficult to process. We encounter circumstances that we should never have to face and we experience the unexpected. Sometimes, it's hard to be who we are, are, to experience our thoughts, feelings, and our lives. Sometimes, it's hard to make decisions, know our minds, discover our purpose, take that step, bring about change, and find our spark.

Through a diverse and exceptionally rewarding career I specialize in counselling for:

Experiencing difficulties with:

  • Symptoms of depression, anxiety, & common mental health conditions

  • Addiction

  • Acceptance, emotional regulation & daily challenges 

  • Family conflict, separation & divorce

  • Life transitions 

  • Behavioural goals (quitting, changing, or reducing)

  • School, work, home,  & relationship issues

  • Sleep & stress

  • Self harm & suicidal ideation

  • Grief & loss

  • Abuse, trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Through a shared understanding of who you are and the steps you want to take I will draw from various counselling modalities customizing therapy just for you. From our very first session, I strive to create a comfortable space where you can feel at ease and will support you with action steps to help you better cope, find relief, and move forward.

If you are looking for a therapist who can connect in a way that's real and help you achieve the changes you came here to make, you've come to the right place. I bring extensive experience in youth work, special education, and family support into therapy. I also bring humility, authenticity, and a solution focused approach. Together, we will work towards a deeper understanding of yourself, building long lasting change, as you grow into your authentic self and your best life. 

I understand how hard the next step is. For many of us it feels vulnerable to reach out. But it also means you are taking a next step towards your goal! And, once you do, I'll be there to meet you offering a genuine, compassionate, and confidential space as we work towards helping you to feel better, regaining your sense of self, and living your best life. 

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Therapeutic Approach

It begins with you

My therapeutic approach begins with you - you are the expert in your life. Therapy at Growing Minds is much more than a one sided conversation. I bring compassion, deep listening,  and a touch of humour. I also bring reflection, impactful questions, and gentle challenges to help you dig a little deeper, process difficult emotions,  recognize your strengths, and safely explore what matters most to you.

Therapy is all about you. It is a safe, caring, and confidential space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. No matter what you want to talk about, I am here to listen in a caring, empathetic, and judgement-free way. Tailoring therapy for each client, I use a client-centred, evidence-based, trauma-informed, and neurodivergent affirming approach including attachment therapy, motivational interviewing, psycho-education, harm reduction, and mindfulness. 

 

Therapy may also involve:

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Family Systems Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

room with couch and chair
Rock Maze

I'm interested, what are my next steps?

Let's get started in three steps.

Step one:
Book a complimentary
20-minute consultation

Step two:
Fill in an intake form
 

Step three:
Book a session

An intake form will be emailed to you. Fill in only the parts you are comfortable sharing. This will help us to make the most of your therapy from our very first contact.

Let's start with a no-cost, confidential conversation through a secure virtual platform. It's a chance for us to meet, for you to ask questions, to find out about what to expect in therapy, and most importantly, for you to gauge how comfortable you feel.

Clients generally receive between 6 and 16 50-minute sessions. Typically counselling starts weekly moving to bi-weekly towards the end of therapy.

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