Farrah has over 15 years experience working with children in various settings. She is a registered early childhood educator with a specialization in special needs. She is trained as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist from CICAPP and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Q). Farrah has worked at the Massey Center for women, Microskills, Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, Toronto Public Health, been a daycare teacher, a special educator/counselor in high school and facilitator with the EarlyON program.
Farrah is trained in facilitating Handle With Care and Make The Connection programs that focus on children’s mental health and development. She has additional training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Basics of Therapeutic Conversation with children, Solution Focused Training and 2SLGBTQIA Inclusivity Training.
Farrah has extensive experience working with diverse families and helping them understand their child’s thoughts and feelings. Farrah specializes in working with blended families and co-parenting. Farrah supports caregivers in creating an environment to support children’s mental health. She provides concrete strategies and tools to manage difficult situations and strengthen the bond between parent and child. This relationship is the foundation to a healthy family and to a healthy community.
Children can struggle to cope with significant life events such as divorce, adoption, bereavement or other potentially traumatic life experiences and are not always able to articulate their feelings. Farrah believes this can hinder their development and cause behavioural difficulties at school or at home, or they might become anxious, display aggressive behaviour, have psychosomatic symptoms or experience problems in relationships with peers. Processing their feelings with a therapist can help children verbalize their experiences rather than acting on them.
As a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Farrah offers a number of therapeutic interventions to treat emotional distress and behavioural issues. Farrah uses various mediums to communicate with children like play, art and dialogue – empowering the child to verbalize the thoughts and feelings that lie behind their behaviour.