You are not alone and you have taken a huge step by reaching out for help!
Hello and welcome! Thank you for your interest in working with me as your therapist. My name is Valarie C. Collins. You are welcome to call me Valarie or Val for short. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Kentucky. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology before obtaining my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and have approximately 15 years of experience in the counseling field. I have experience working with people of all ages with a wide variety of concerns (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addictions, stress, anger management, relationship issues, trauma including various types of abuse, and adjustment to change, as well as others). I have worked in various settings such as outpatient mental health clinics, private practice outpatient offices, rehabilitation facilities, detox units, intensive outpatient programs, and psychiatric hospital units. I have experience working with individuals, groups, and couples.
I feel that my therapy approach differs depending on the concerns that are being addressed. We will work together to find the approach, strategies, and goals that are the best fit for you. I use motivational interviewing techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy the most, but typically there will be a combination of various types of therapy utilized in our counseling relationship.
As a therapist, I will be doing many things to assist you in finding solutions, processing thoughts and feelings, and gaining relief from your symptoms. As we go through this process, I will ask questions, make suggestions, and provide some education and educational materials related to your specific issues. We will also identify goals that you would like to accomplish and will discuss progress on those goals.
I offer various types of therapy services through BetterHelp (messaging, live chat, phone sessions, and video sessions). I have a set schedule of appointment days and times to choose from for live services (chat, phone, video). However, after we start meeting, we can discuss additional days/times that I may not have posted openings for. So, if there are certain days/times that are best for you, I am certainly open to discussing this. For messaging, I will be checking my messages several times a day. I will be responding ASAP, but this will primarily be on weekdays, with some responses on weekends. You are a priority to me and I want you to feel that way. I want our work together to be collaborative so that you feel empowered, supported, and confident in the accomplishments that I know you can achieve!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Bipolar disorder
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Infidelity , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Posttraumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Visually Impaired , Women's Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPCC #103924 (Expires: 2021-12-31)
Valerie is smart, professional and is helping me learn to be more assertive and set boundaries. She is also great at parenting issues. I would highly recommend her.
Val is an exceptional therapist and knows how to get to the root of the issue. I have had many revelations with Val's guidance and look forward to my therapy session every week.
Valarie is such a lovely person and is great support!
She has given me questions and assignments to complete to help me through my hard times and to help me understand myself and my life. Most therapists just listen, but she gives action which is extremely helpful.
Val is fantastic! She takes you and your concerns on as if they are her own and works around the clock to ensure her clients are taken care of.
Valarie is a wonderful caring and compassionate individual. She responds with just the right questions and always makes me feel validated but asks probing questions in just the right way. I would recommend her to anyone looking for help and feeling lost. She will help you find your way.
I was in a very sad place and Valerie really helped me.
We have only spoken once but I have all the faith in her as I am leaning on her right now for some guidance.
Valarie has been so great. Even though she has only been my counselor for a few weeks, I feel she is very attentive & cares about my well-being and progress. She gives me many solutions to my problems and allows me to make choices based on what works for me. She replies to all my messages within a timely manner and is very flexible for our sessions.
Val is great she helping me out a lot and I greatly appreciate her for it
A year ago I was extremely anxious, dissociated, and just all-around NOT okay. I got into therapy with Val and it’s insane how much better I’m doing. You can’t expect a therapist to solve your problems for you, I definitely had to put in a lot of work. But Val gave me the tools I needed, facilitated my growth, and was always there to listen when I needed someone. She is amazing! 12/10 would recommend her!
Valarie is very knowledgeable and offers a lot of strategies to help me with my problems. I’ve gone through a lot of counselors over the years and none are comparable to Valarie.
Shes asks all the right questions to get you thinking in ways you hadn't before. She helps to validation and reassure you what you are feeling in normal and ok. With the email communication prior to our first video I felt like we were able to dive in so much faster.
Val has helped me through the hardest time in my life and I’m forever grateful for her. I couldn’t of gotten through this or been this strong without her.
Valerie has truly helped me through a tough time personally and professionally. She addresses my concerns individually, and has given me coping techniques to deal with my challenges. She listens and responds with empathy and objectivity. She makes me feel heard, and offers alternative points of view that I might not otherwise have considered. I highly recommend Valerie!
I cam to Val because I was having issues with relationships, my career, and depression. She helped me with all of these. It's clear that she is very experienced and has a lot of knowledge on these topics and how to help with them. I always look forward to speaking with her.
I’ve been with Valarie for quite a while now, and she’s been fantastic in helping me with issues surrounding trauma, grief, depression, and substance use. She is incredibly insightful and extremely kind and caring.
I started talking to Valarie several months ago mid COVID, I was struggling with my relationship and my anxiety and depression really bad. To the point where I had called the TALK hotline a few times, before I realized I really needed someone to talk to on a regular basis.
The questionnaire process pointed me to Valarie, and right away within the first few sessions she helped me get through so much. She’s given me tools to use in real life to help me fight off my stress and keep me focusing on what’s best for me. I am so thankful I was matched with her, she is the best, most helpful counselor I have talked to over my years of trying others.
Val is a fantastic counselor. She supports me and I feel safe to talk about anything. I never feel judged or like we can't talk about something. I know she will give me guidance to help me make the best decision for myself based on my needs.
Valarie is amazing! She always listens to what I have to say and has really good advice. She is the reason I recommend betterhelp to anyone that is looking for counseling!
Super happy with BetterHelp! I enjoy talked to Val. I feel like I can be honest about my opinions and talk without judgement.
Valerie has been amazing! She listens well and gives wonderful advice- I would recommend her as a counselor to anybody!
Val is great! She is very attentive and proactive, and asks lots of questions. She's very careful to adapt to the needs of her counselee, rather than trying to impose a script or agenda upon the session. She doesn't dictate or give orders, but rather suggests mental exercises and tools and to help anyone deal with any given situation. Thanks Val!
Valerie has been extremely helpful and I’m so comfortable with her!
Valarie is amazing. She is always quick to respond and follow-up with me when I slack in responding. This has been so helpful in my struggle through losing a job, changing careers, and loss of relatives.I would recommend her to anyone! (And have to several friends)
I really like how Miss. Valarie talks to me. She always sounds like she cares in her messages. She usually answers once a day, everyday for me, and tries to help in any way she can.
She's the best! very helpful. Direct yet comforting
Valerie has been an incredible help! I have navigated the old as well as the new. My therapy with Val has been extraordinary.
She is always on time and she there when you need her
We very recently started but so far she is very responsive and seems very knowledgeable. As well as being very good at listening and hearing.
Although we are just getting started, I feel like Valerie is understanding of my issues and able to bring out the things I need to talk about.
Love working with her!
Val respects my work schedule and that I cannot respond to her messages right away. She always checks in with me after a few days of no response and I really appreciate that. She’s been very helpful so far. I would strongly recommend her.
Valerie is very compassionate and responsive.
I have only been speaking with Valarie for a few weeks, but she has helped me more than anyone could ever understand. She is understanding and listens to my concerns and helps me organize my thoughts in a healthy way.
Valarie is super amazing!! She’s so understanding and seems to get what I’m trying to say instantly. I actually look forward to talking to her throughout the day. It’s like my personal space where I can say anything I want and won’t be judged. She also offers a lot of insightful advice/revelations and steps to help manage what I tell her, which I really appreciate.
Val is amazing. I’ve only had her for a few short weeks and she has helped me tremendously.
Valerie was a great therapist. I totally wish I lived close to her to see her in person. I’m so sad to leave her but I have to because in person therapy is better for me. I will always carry her help with me while I continue my fight against anxiety.
Valarie has been the easiest person to open up to. She is kind, understanding and provides techniques to help yourself. She responds very quickly and always appropriately to messages. I have been very satisfied with Valerie’s expertise and compassion.
Valarie has been so wonderful and understanding of me. It’s been a much better counseling experience than any of my past experiences. She’s so great at listening and providing much needed feedback
Valarie Collins has been amazing! I immediately felt relaxed and comfortable in speaking to her. Sometimes my session covers a lot of different topics and she does well with addressing each and provides me with tools to use outside of sessions for personal improvement.
Valarie is great. She is very attentive, always timely, and very compassionate and understanding. This is my first time in therapy and she's given me nothing but a wonderful experience, great insight into my issues, and valuable advice. I would recommend her to anyone!
Valarie is thoughtful, kind, and intelligent. She understands my struggles and guides me to work through them. She is very personable and a great counselor!!!
I think she is doing an amazing job, and a wonderful thing for people in need of direction.
Valerie is great. She always responds to me and gives me feedback. She checks in with me even on the weekends. She’s super helpful and is really there for me.
Valarie is great!
Great counselor. See all sides and perspectives.
Valerie is wonderful, I would recommend her to anyone needing a little help. She is beyond supportive and always here for me when I need her.
I really enjoy working with Val. We are still early in our working relationship but she has been very helpful so far. I look forward to continuing to work with her.
Valarie is a great counselor with a vast array of knowledge to share.
Valerie is amazing!
She is wonderful! She always checks in every day and even weekends to make sure I’m having a good day! She has been so helpful and making me feel so much more relaxed!
Valarie has been extremely helpful and has put a my life in positive motion. I am very happy with the perspective and understanding that she has shared with me.
I have had one session with Valerie and it was extremely beneficial to me. I believe that she will be able to give me the support that I need and I look forward to working with her.
Valarie is an unbelievably caring and understanding individual. She is a seriously amazing person to talk with and passes no judgment!