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My story

Hi, my name is Alisa Farina and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a unique set of qualifications. With a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Youth Care, and a Diploma in Community Support Work I have extensive experience in special education, youth work, parent, and family support. Through these experiences I have learned the art of forming genuine, judgement-free relationships with young people and their families. I am deeply committed to this work and the clients I support. 

Working special education for 20 years, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from, many individuals who have Autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. Working in youth work for 10 years, I specialize in supporting teens and young adults experiencing challenges with family, peers, school, work, sleep, connecting with others, addiction, abuse, trauma, PTSD, and life transitions. I have also supported many teens and young adults with feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, low self-worth and self-esteem. I am privileged and genuinely humbled to have worked with and learned from many youth in care,  young parents, 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, youth in corrections and on probation, youth with housing vulnerabilities, youth experiencing exploitation, self-harming behaviours, suicidal ideation, conduct disorders, and co-morbid conditions. 

I am the mother of three grown children, who understands how difficult, emotionally turbulent, and completely rewarding it can be to parent a complex child. I am also a person living a full life who has experienced depression and anxiety. When I'm not a Growing Minds, I am working at a non-profit providing counselling to university students, walking in nature, spending time with my family, and playing with our adorable dog Joey.



Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University, Graduation with Distinction

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, Douglas College, Dean's List Recipient

Community Support Worker Diploma, Douglas College

Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Safe Talk Suicide Prevention Facilitator, Living Works

Complex Trauma Resources Coordinator, Heal and Heart

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Training

Restorative Justice Training, JIBC

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