Carsen Farmer, MC, RCC

A counsellor, artist, and proponent of social justice, I work to promote human well- being. I enjoy exploring diverse perspectives, finding common ground, and seeing the bigger picture. My approach is collaborative, client-centred, and eclectic, drawing on cognitive, somatic, and creative approaches to therapy. I offer LGBTQ+ competent individual counselling and kink- and poly-friendly relationship counselling for all unique configurations.

Therapeutic Process

Operating from within an anti-oppression and social-justice framework, I hope to walk alongside you on your journey for a time. Offering inquisitive exploration and holding space for what emerges, I strive to provide a contained, supportive, and structured environment. Within this context, we can investigate the thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arise.

I am trained in AFOT (Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy, a somatic approach to complex trauma) through the Justice Institute of BC. I also hold a Level 1 certification in Gottman Method Couples Counselling from Best Marriages, and Level 1 and 2 Narrative Therapy Certifications from Yaletown Family Therapy. I draw on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, as well as expressive arts and sand tray techniques in my work.

Areas of interest include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Individual counselling
  • Relationship counselling
  • Queer, trans, poly, and kink-friendly counselling
Scheduling

I regularly schedule appointments on Thursday evenings from 5pm-9pm, and on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm. Alternate days and times may be possible. Telephone or online counselling may also be possible.

Please provide a minimum of 48 hours notice when cancelling an appointment.

Fee Structure

Full session= 50min, Extended session=80min

Regular Rate:

$120/full, $150/extended; Multi-person $160/full, $190/extended

Sliding Scale (limited availability)

$60-$120/full, $90-$150/extended; Multi-person: $100-$160/full, $130-$190/extended

Clients often find an extended session to be the most suitable time frame for relational or multi-person work. Full sessions are usually ideal for individual counselling.

Financial need

In recognition of systemic limitations to mental health coverage, I do my best to offer reduced-rate sessions to those who would not otherwise be able to access services. I acknowledge the importance of every person being empowered to select a counsellor that they identify as a “good fit,” who has competency in areas clinically-relevant to the their self-identified needs, and who is accessible for a length of time that accommodates the their unique rate of change and desired outcomes. This is not always possible when public or private health insurance fails to provide adequate access to counselling services.

I am able to offer a limited number of spaces to those in financial need. Please let me know when you are booking your first appointment if you are in financial need and seeking this discount. Your rate may be re-evaluated to account for changes in your financial circumstances.

My regular rates are informed by BCACC guidelines and common peer practices.

Extended Health Benefits

Our work together may qualify under your employer’s or your school’s extended health benefits, if they cover Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCCs). If you wish to claim our sessions on your insurance, I will provide appropriate receipts. I am also registered with the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP).

Payment Options

Please make payment at the end of the session by cash or e-transfer. Cheques are also accepted. Debit and credit are not available payment methods at this time.

Cancellations

Please provide a minimum of 48 hours notice when cancelling an appointment. If you miss an appointment without sufficient notice, you may be charged for the missed appointment. Exceptions may be made in cases of illness or extenuating circumstances.

Contact

carsen.farmer@gmail.com

604.727.7217


PRACTITIONERS

Christine Waymark
MEd, RCC, RPT, RMFT
604.738.7557

Renee Parker
MA, RCC
604.563.8662

Edward Sandberg
MSW, RSW
604.728.6569

Jenn De Roo
MA, RCC
604.726.2183

Alejandra Zibes
MA, RCC
604.240.4877

Nazanin Moghadami
MCP, RCC
604.248.4930 x 2022

Carsen Farmer
MC, RCC
604.727.7217

Natalia Irani
MA, RCC
778.828.9592

Megan Jespersen
MCP, RCC
778.232.7873

Fayza Bundalli
MSW, RSW
604.781.7861

Ciara Moran
MA, RCC
604.757.3415

Ginny Wong
MC, RCC, RSW
604.356.1320

Susan Armstrong
MEd, RCC
250.540.7304

Nikki Lee Bellehumeur
MCP, RCC
604.358.5852

Tiff Kopp
MCP:AT, RCC
604.216.0949

Elizabeth de Balasi
MC, RCC
604.780.5273

Nic Rivela
MEd, RCC, CCC
604.999.0163