Welcome Larisa Fry - Counsellor, Sexual Violence

We are delighted to share that as of today, Thursday, February 25th 2021, Larisa Fry has joined SFU as the Counsellor, Sexual Violence. This position works collaboratively within Health and Counselling Services (HCS) to provide individual and group counselling. The role also works in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) staff members to ensure streamlined access of support for students impacted by sexual violence, works collaboratively on prevention efforts and helps ensure that faculty, staff and students are aware of resources available on campus. The Counsellor, Sexual Violence provides consultation and advice to faculty and staff addressing students in crisis and assists in emergency situations. 

Larisa comes to SFU from Brock University in Niagara, Ontario, where she served as the Support and Education Coordinator role. Here her responsibilities included the administration of the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy while serving as first line support for survivors as they access accommodations and assistance. In addition, she was responsible to provide education on the topic of gender and sexual violence for the Brock community. Key achievements for her work at Brock include; Sexual Violence Workshop Certificate Programme, Advocates for Change and the Athletics-Code of Conduct training. Her direct work with survivors includes the implementation of the Counsellor of Choice program, survivor groups and front-line support of choice like the Peer-2-Peer support mentors.  

Prior to this work at Brock, Larisa was a full time Trauma Therapist for Family and Children Services Niagara for families and children within the Niagara area. With more than 15 years of experience working with vulnerable populations in not-for-profit environments, Larisa has been honoured to serve a variety of individuals with a focus on mental health and individual empowerment. Prior work experience within the post-secondary environment gives her exposure to public education, accommodation planning and partner assault violence reporting and treatment.

Larisa holds a M.A. in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists. Her focus in this new role will be to utilize her broad range of experience and willingness to help build and strengthen the SFU community. Her specialty work in the field of trauma, abuse and family violence is essential to supporting survivors and the general SFU community. Larisa hopes to assist the SFU community with her foundational practise of supporting empowerment, building knowledge and giving choice. She looks forward to learning more and welcomes connecting with others. 

Please join us in welcoming Larisa to the SFU University Community!