Rebecca Farnell


Associate, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Registered Clinical Counsellor


Specialties: Individuals and Couples, Children and Play Therapy, Parents and Families of Children with Special Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder


Main Affiliations:




Degree in Child and Youth Care, with Distinction from University of Victoria, 2011
Masters of Counselling Psychology from Adler University, 2016


Professional Registrations & Certification:

Registered as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Registration #14235


Advanced Training:

Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, 2019

Foundations of Play Therapy Program: Green Stream July 17-25, 2017

Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, Calgary, Alberta

Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm Gottman Method Couples Therapy 2015

Certificate of Attendance:

  • Workshop on Sexually Abused Children and Youth: Understanding the Developmental Impact and Facilitating Recovery with Play Therapy May 2015
  • The New Frontier: An introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy May 2016
  • Play Therapy for Complex Trauma Oct 2016
  • Sensory Integration April 2017


About Rebecca

I have always loved people. When it came to the type of job that I wanted to have, I knew that it would have to be people-centred. Over 15 years ago, I had a life-changing summer job. I worked in a camp for children with special needs, from there, my whole trajectory changed. I like to say that a part of heart opened up and I discovered an area of interest I never knew existed and I found a passion and a purpose. I started working as a support worker with individuals with special needs, then as an educational assistant. Later, I helped lead summer camps for teens with Autism.  Over the course of my life, I have continued to provide respite care for many families and feel honoured to have shared a part of their lives.

A number of years ago, I was challenged with the question of if I could do anything in the world what would I want to do? Without hesitation, I replied, I would get my certification, become a counsellor and help individuals with ASD and their families. My friend then replied, “What is stopping you? I retorted back “People do not actually live out their dreams, do they?” I am delighted to say, that I went after my dream, I went back to school and became a counsellor and now have the absolute honour of working with a variety of people with a diverse set of abilities. While I work with many individuals on the autism spectrum, I enjoy working with anyone from any background as well as individuals, couples, and families.

I count it an extreme privilege to have people share their lives and thoughts with me. This is something that I never want to take for granted. I truly believe that each person that I get to work with teaches me something new and I am better for knowing them. Each of my clients demonstrates bravery as they recognize the need to make some changes and trust me to help them in their journey. I so look forward to meeting my new clients and learning and growing together.


What kind of organizations/networks/communities are you connected/associated with?

Current member of the BC Play Therapy Association
Current member of the Richmond Autism Interagency Committee
I am an active member in my faith community.
Current board member of Lifeline Malawi, a medical clinic in Malawi, founded by a Canadian couple.
I have joined Sing City Choir in Vancouver.

Interested in hearing more from Rebecca?

You can read her blog posts here.

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