WESTCOAST CLINICAL COUNSELLORS | Registered Clinical Counsellor | Counsellor & Coach |author | M.A.
Since 1989 I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of serving men and women, individuals and couples, from 18 to 89, in my private practice. My clinical practice has included both short-term solution focused counselling and longer-term psychotherapy. More recently I’ve enjoyed expanding my practice to include coaching. Before starting my private practice, I worked in acute care psychiatry and mental health intake as a registered nurse.
My interest in holistic approaches to optimal well-being and my fascination with body/mind/spirit interaction from the perspectives of both east and west have fueled my passion for life-long learning. I engage in regular peer supervision, professional development and self directed studies.
In addition to my private practice, I’ve provided counselling services through various Employee and Family Assistance Programs, including the City of Victoria EFAP. I am registered with The Crime Victim Assistance Program. I’m a member in good standing with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and have volunteered as a member of the BCACC ethics committee and delegate council. I’ve served on the board of Citizens Counselling Centre. I’m a founding member of Westcoast Clinical Counselling.
I’m certified as a Retirement Options coach and trained as both a Calling in ‘The One’ and Conscious Uncoupling coach.
My book One Choice at a Time: A Practical Guide to Well-Being is designed to take the mystery out of how to create confidence, clarity, peace of mind an a sense of purpose and direction (from the back jacket).
I offer support and guidance for development of self reflection, self regulation and inner discovery that allows for compassionate self understanding.
I engage with my clients offering feedback to help them safely challenge old ineffective beliefs and behaviours that are distressing and inhibit them from reaching goals.
I teach empowering practices from both eastern and western psychology which support personal resourcefulness, resilience and flourishing.
I encourage body-mind awareness.
My approach is practical and results oriented. I help my clients create action plans and support follow through.
I use a variety of effective approaches, depending on the individual client’s need.
I am experienced in helping people recover from traumatic events using Traumatic Incident Reduction. The following comment is typical of the results clients experience with TIR: “Somehow it resolves issues gently and I feel more objective and not so emotional.” - client
How I Can Help
In these areas of specialty I offer compassionate, skilled and practical professional counselling that can result in you having an embodied sense of well-being and resourcefulness, as well as greater clarity, increased energy, and a revitalized sense of possibility and direction.
Retirement, children leaving home, completion of a degree, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, coming out, a friend dying, aging, purchase of a home;
Of self, of parents, of mate, of pets;
At work, at home, in relationships, acute or on-going;
Managing Difficult Emotions
What to do with anxiety or anger that threatens well-being and the well-being of relationships;
Marriage partners, live-in relationships, new relationships, friends, parents and adult children, work mates;
Grief and Loss
Associated with life events such as moves, aging, relationships ending, a pet’s death, death of a beloved person, miscarriage, chronic illness;
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
When the impact of a traumatic event lingers on embedded in the nervous system showing up as a sense of disengagement, irritability, apparently “irrational” responses to current events, flashbacks and/or inexplicable muscle tensions.
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1045 Linden Ave. Victoria B.C. V8V 4H3
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I was born and raised on the Territory of the Quatsino First Nation of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples and now gratefully live and work on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Susan Farling 1045 Linden Victoria, BC V8V 4H3