Monterey County Chapter
Ross Farley III, LMFT (#131332)
I have been a student of psychology from a very early age. I remember curiosity. I remember wanting the name, or label, or the secret formula to explain the things in my life I could not. Thinking, all the while...“if I can just figure it out...everything will be ok”. I may not have been aware of it at the time, however, the experiences in my life have helped shape and mold the clinician I am today.
My formal training occurred at the University of California San Diego, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was here where I became fascinated with psychopharmacology and the mechanisms, channels, and engineering involved in crossing the blood-brain barrier.
At Palo Alto University, my graduate program, I focused on the art and rhythm of the therapeutic experience; where I became familiar with the subtlety of timing and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Even before my academic endeavors I spent many years working with a number of different populations, from Autism Spectrum Disorders to Eating and Feeding Disorders. The beauty of working in mental health for almost half my life is that I truly believe in the power of the therapeutic process and how we address the things in life that are no longer functional. The root cause of the distress is my focus because it demands such intricate and tactful navigation.
As I have come to understand, emotional distress is a symptom of old burdens, old wounds, and things we carry that do not belong to us. Shedding the anger, shame, and pain of the past is a critical step in allowing us to see the possibility of something different, however brief or slightly it happens to be, and open the door to a range of feelings, strengths, and authenticities that have been locked away for so long.
Using what I have learned from various modalities, I am confident that I can help guide folks in seeking answers, in seeking truth, and in seeking healing. Therapy is a multi-directional experience that is both “top down” and “bottom up”. The way I view therapy is placing importance on both processes, seeing the value of each and allowing both processes to help me form a plan that is tailored specifically to each of my clients.
When it comes to therapy, I firmly believe in client accountability and client responsibility. When we address the things in life which are no longer working, we are making a conscious choice to do something different. If there is a desire to enact real change, and to work diligently to enact said change...I am here and ready to work alongside.
*I am newly licensed, proud to begin my own Telehealth Private Practice, and am accepting new clients. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy. I am also in the process of beta-testing and developing personalized coaching programs that aim to address some of the difficulties folks can experience when deciding to make changes in their lives. Please check out my website for more information about me and the services I offer. www.rossfarleycounseling.com