Private Practice Counselor
Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science
Rehabilitation Counseling - CRC
Bachelor of Science
Psychology & Sociology
LMHC, CRC, CASAC
Monica A. Farrar, LMHC, CRC, CASAC is a mental health clinician and educator with an extensive background in both public and private arenas. In addition to her private practice, Monica is an adjunct professor, distance learning mentor, and substance abuse expert. Monica’s primary focus in all areas of life and work is education—using it with patients, students, and staff. She views it as a method of prevention and a tool for sustainable change.
Launching a private practice in 2005, Monica currently offers individual, group, and relationship counseling. She uses a person-centered approach, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and grief. She also supports patients adjusting to disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers. Monica is recognized as a resource for people in crisis, using her strong community network to connect individuals to the right services. With multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity, she is devoted to serving all populations and instilling a sense of empowerment in her clientele. She works with patients in her office, as well as remotely via Skype using the telemedicine model.
Monica’s experience in academia includes online and in-class instruction. She serves as a distance learning mentor at Erie Community College and as an adjunct professor with Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Previously, she taught courses at Medaille College for seven years and the University of Buffalo for two years. She instructs on a variety of subjects, including psychology, rehabilitation counseling, substance abuse, and education. Monica has a true passion for designing and delivering online learning programs that leverage her own experiences—personally and professionally—which improves student retention and academic success.
From 2008 to 2016, Monica served as director of training and operations for The Resource Training Center (TRTC) in Amherst, New York. She grew the agency to achieve its mission of developing and presenting programs that addressed alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) for court-referred youth and adults. She established all aspects of the local branch, including hiring, training, and managing a 15-member team. The agency offered three highly regarded programs, including Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Impaired Driver Program (IDP), and Alive at 25. She is frequently sought out for her expert opinion by the local media in the Western New York community.
As a substance abuse counselor with Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) from 2013 to 2015, she designed individualized treatment plans and rehabilitation programs. Monica served as an Emergency Room patient advocate while providing substance/mental health crisis intervention services. She acted as a liaison between patients, family members, medical staff, agencies, and law enforcement.
Monica received a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling with CRC Certification and an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Springfield College.