Toni Farrar MA MHC-LP
"I have to say, I struck gold with therapist Toni! So smart, that instant feeling of "there's nothing I can't say in here"... feel utterly safe and supported with tools to carry through the week and life in general. Wise beyond her years. Cannot thank her enough so if you see this... thank you, Toni!!"
My identity as a queer, non-binary individual informs my therapeutic approach, which promotes a safe space and encourages individuals to embrace their authentic selves. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry, led by my interest in the impact of psychotropic medications on mental illness. After four years in the lab, I decided to become a therapist to help individuals in need, in a more hands-on way. Recently, my interest in research has led me to independently review exciting new studies that support psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This has encouraged me to seek training in this emerging modality as I believe it is an excellent way to combine my careers. I am also trained and have clinical experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Therapy, and Harm Reduction Therapy.
I earned my MA in Mental Health Counseling from New York University and a BS in Psychology with a Minor in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a therapist, I have had the unique opportunity to work with mandated clients involved in the criminal justice system. Working with this population taught me the value of developing a positive and collaborative therapeutic alliance with my clients while using constructive counseling techniques to encourage meaningful behavioral change. My capacity to connect with these challenged clients and help them develop effective coping skills and improve their interpersonal relationships despite initial resistance, has served my ability to work successfully with a wide range of clients in private practice. My areas of interest include LGBTQ and identity-related issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, guilt and interpersonal relationships. As a compassion-driven individual, I am excited to provide a safe space that promotes collaboration to help my clients achieve their goals.