Valarie Johnson

Therapist Valarie Johnson Photo

About Me

I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over 25 years experience working as a counselor in a broad range of settings including 15 years working with expats and indigenous peoples overseas. I have worked with clients with a broad range of concerns including anxiety, depression, stress management , trauma, family of origin issues , life transitions, stress management and cross cultural adjustment.

My counseling style is generally experienced as kind but direct. I will support you in making your individual life choices and changes, but will challenge you to move forward. I love watching people grow and being a part of nurturing that process. My therapeutic approach combines cognitive behavior, solutions oriented and psychodynamic theories'. I will use whatever combination of modalities is helpful in working with you to reach your goals.

A few notes regarding communication...I prefer live video. I do live texting in some situations, I dont do phone therapy. You need a strong signal to use this platform, and Better Help recommends you use google chrome. If you have an old laptop or weak connectivity, this platform may not work as well, but sometimes people find they have better connection on their phone if laptop doesnt work. Most of the time we can make something work.

I look forward to meeting you and coming alongside on your journey of growth and wellness.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Video


LICSW #LW60886686 (Expires: 2022-10-17)

LCSW #21065 (Expires: 2022-10-31)


Written by K.E. on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with Valarie for 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Valarie has been an amazing counselor and has helped me tremendously in getting unstuck from negative thinking to helping me add new tools to help me cope with my situation in a more positive and healthy way. Working with her has been a true blessing from God! I highly recommend her.

Written by T.O. on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Valarie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am thankful for Valerie's experience and insight. The time spent together was truly beneficial.

Written by P.H. on Nov 04, 2021 after therapy with Valarie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Valarie has been a great help to me so far. Even in the first session, she helped me unlock some strong feelings around some difficult challenges I've been facing lately, which has helped me process and move forward. She's very kind, compassionate, asks great questions, is a great listener, and provides helpful suggestions and tools when needed.

Written by Z.O. on Jun 30, 2021 after therapy with Valarie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable.

Written by J.E. on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Valarie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Valerie is amazing; very patient and insightful. One of the best counselors I’ve talked to. Thank you!

Written by P.R. on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Valarie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

She is a great counselor! She has open my eyes to view my life in a different perspective and she’s a great listener. She advised some techniques such as reading the Bible to help with my anxieties and just to believe in myself. I have been busy lately but most of our communications has always been so helpful