Ashley Farrar is a Fellow in Mental Health Counseling at Boston Child Study Center, where she provides supervised Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for children, adolescents, and their families. Ashley graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in children and teens from Lesley University. Prior to receiving her degree, she completed a practicum in Boston supporting an adult population of both men and women in an outpatient setting. During this time, she supported clients in combating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Collaboratively with her clients, she explored effective communication styles, life skills, and healthy relationships. In addition, she worked with adolescents, providing individual and group therapy in a school setting.
At her core, Ashley embodies a person-centered theoretical approach. She believes people do not contemplate change until they feel safe, supported, and understood. She has utilized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing. Despite the theoretical approach being utilized, Ashley places an emphasis on providing trauma-informed and culturally competent care to each individual. She believes that exploring the impact of one’s values, belief systems, roles, and identities is influenced by one’s family system and how it operates is crucial in the therapeutic relationship. At BCSC, she anticipates an opportunity to take her social and academic experience and assist individuals and families through the development of open and honest communication, self-reflection, and genuine support.