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!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
KY LPCC 103924
Valarie has be a Godsend. She is amazing. She listens gives incredible feedback. I Wish I would done this years ago.
Written on Sep 23, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions
Val has been very helpful as I've worked through different issues. She is knowledgeable, insightful, and empathetic, and a great listener. She provides additional resources when necessary (articles, research, etc). I highly recommend Val as a therapist!
Written on Sep 10, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
Val has been incredibly helpful in giving me practical daily tools to use to diminish my anxiety. I’ve been in therapy off and on for years and am new to working with Val. In just a couple sessions I am seeing a marked difference in the way I feel. Thank you , Val and thank you, Better Help!
Written on Aug 18, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and coaching
Valarie is very professional, prompt to sessions and responding, cooperative/flexible with scheduling, and she's a great communicator -- every week she checks in briefly and lets me know she's available/accessible.
I highly recommend her, and I've had a lot of therapists in my 50 years of life!
Written on Jul 18, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 6 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Val is amazing. She hears my concerns and offers validation. She puts into words what I have trouble expressing on my own and has amazing insight. She also offers tools to help with coping mechanisms. Highly recommend!
Written on Jul 14, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
I enjoyed having Valerie as my therapist, she helped me work through the what I needed. Very reliable and supportive.
Written on Jul 10, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd