Rebecca Rafael

MA, MSW, RSW Therapist, EFAP

Rebecca has been a member of the Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) since 1987. She provides individual, couple and family therapy. Currently, Rebecca’s focus is on how people find their own unique ways to overcome trauma in their lives and relationships, and in discovering additional ways to work collaboratively with clients to resolve trauma.

Education & Training

Rebecca l holds a Masters of Arts degree and a Masters of Social Work degree, and is a registered social worker approved for private practice. She has worked in the counselling field for over 25 years.

Areas of Expertise

Rebecca’s areas of special interest are multi-cultural counselling and working with survivors of trauma, particularly in the First Nations community.

Philosophy

Rebecca believes "...that healing is mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. The individuals, couples and families that come to see us are experts in their own lives. In spite of their circumstances, every person has strengths, resources and resilience that can be called upon to help resolve their difficulties. Moreover, I value the healing power of connection and belonging to families and communities – so that my practice is aimed at strengthening these bonds. I believe in the resilience of the human spirit in the face of challenge and trauma and the importance of the place of the sacred – a person’s spiritual/religious beliefs in creating a sense of meaning that may be sustaining through difficult times."

Therapeutic Models

Rebecca has specialized training in: brief solution-oriented therapy; narrative therapy; therapy and social justice; family systems; resolving sexual abuse; trauma work and EMDR; and in ways of working that are deeply respectful of the person’s strengths, unique abilities and resources – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

Work History

From 1987 to the present, Rebecca has worked in private practice as well as in a variety of other settings: Children’s Mental Health in outpatient and residential treatment with teens and young children and their families; hospital programs with individuals and families dealing with trauma, pain and disability; employee assistance with employees and their families – work-related, family and personal issues; and in First Nations healing centres and programs as part of the healing team with individuals struggling with substance misuse, the effects of childhood and residential school trauma.

Rebecca has taught and trained workers in many community agencies. In Toronto, she worked closely with child welfare workers to develop practices which emphasized partnerships with parents to provide safety for their children. She also provided on-going training for staff at a variety of other public agencies, including children’s mental health centres, Family Service Agencies, hospitals and Native Child & Family Services. In BC, Rebecca developed and led a team to train workers throughout BC for the Ministry of Social Services, centered on the guiding principles of the new Child & Family services Act. In the First Nations community, Rebecca has been invited to be a team leader and group facilitator at healing gatherings for Residential School Survivors.

Professional Affiliations & Registrations

  • Member of the BC Association of Social Workers, Registered for Private Practice
  • Levels I & II trained EMDR Therapist

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