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Dr. Carissma Hughes Valentine, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Depression ADHD
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About me

Hello! My name is Dr. Carissma Hughes Valentine. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor in the state of Texas, and a Certified Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional. I have experience working with LGBTQ identified persons, Military Veterans, elderly, assault survivors, hospice patients and family, couples, persons with mood disorders, ADHD, persons with history of trauma and children/Adolescents. 

I take a person-centered approach and remind each client that they are the experts on their own lives. I am enthusiastic about helping individuals and families improve communication, work through crises, indulge in self-care, work through trauma, manage difficult feelings and emotions, and reduce anxiety and worry. I also strongly focus on self-love, self-forgiveness, self-esteem, and self-worth.
I have earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University; a Masters in Social work from Texas State University; a Masters in Non-profit Management from Johnson & Wales University, and a Doctorate in Social work from Walden University. 

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

7yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

TX LCSW 62119


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Carissma Hughes Valentine. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Dr. Hughes has been great. She responded frequently over messaging but her live session was just what I needed. She showed that she genuinely cared and wanted to help me figure out my issues. She also set goals for me to work on which I found very helpful as someone who needs structure.

Written on Dec 06, 2021 after therapy with Carissma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, and relationship issues

I’ve only had two sessions but Dr. Hughes has shown that she is actively listening and she takes note of the things I find equally as important. That’s what I’ve noticed so far and it’s a good thing.

Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Carissma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Thanks for being patient and providing valuable feedback.

Written on Aug 25, 2021 after therapy with Carissma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

The absolute best therapist I’ve ever had!!! The exercises that she gives me truly help me get through all my problems and I’m able to release all negative energy and it helps me to breath again and feel lighter.

Written on Jun 07, 2021 after therapy with Carissma for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

I like that Dr. Hughes is confident in her expertise. She attacks problems in ways you probably would not think of on your own, and her words actually stick with you. I feel like I am progressing with her.

Written on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Carissma for 2 weeks

Dr. Hughes is a godsend. She patiently listens and takes a solutions-based approach. She’s very responsive in messages, no matter the time of day. She helps you track your progress by setting goals together and keeping you focused on them. She sends worksheets to aid you in working through your issues. She is very knowledgeable and professional. She is passionate about her work. I always leave a session feeling better and I am incredibly grateful for the work we’re doing together.

Written on Apr 30, 2021 after therapy with Carissma for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder