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Rachel Pharo

MSW, RSW

Rachel holds a Master of Social Work (Clinical Specialization) from the University of Calgary and has been working with individuals and families in various capacities in Alberta for over fifteen years. She has worked with families of all shapes and sizes and is an LGBTQ2S+ ally.

She is experienced in working with individuals going through life transitions, relationship stress, anxiety and panic, depression, stress, grief and loss, family dynamics, trauma, self-esteem, confidence building, setting boundaries, and chronic health issues or life-altering illness, amongst many other concerns.

She has always enjoyed working with families and supporting parents to raise their little ones while also maintaining their own mental health and sense of self. Working with those who are pursuing parenthood, in the perinatal/postpartum phase, or struggling to complete their family are areas of interest.

Life does not always look how you expected or hoped that it would, which is oftentimes a difficult adjustment.  Sometimes long-term counselling is needed to deal with hurtful experiences in the past, while other times a stressful event occurs that might need just a few meetings to address. Rachel’s aim from the start of the counselling journey is to ensure that you feel empowered, hopeful and that there is a plan in place to help you to start feeling better. She works to create a welcoming, non-judgemental and safe space for all those she meets with. She can offer new skills and different perspectives to combine with your strengths and experience to help you achieve your goals.

 

Rachel holds certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Trauma Interventions, and has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health (PSI), Fertility and Reproductive Support and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

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