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Valarie Johnson, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes
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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.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Life purpose, Mood disorders , Post-traumatic stress, Women's issues

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

Services offered

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License information

WA LICSW LW60886686

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Valarie Johnson. 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.

Valerie is an exceptional therapist. She is very skilled at her profession. She is a great communicator and a great listener. She really helped me through a lot of tough issues. I highly recommend her!

Written on Apr 02, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

She has been amazing to work with!

Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with Valarie for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders

Valarie has helped me begin to untangle the mental web that my inner-world has been entangled in for many years. She has been able to pivot and adjust each week as different things have surfaced. She's always attentive to what's heavy on my heart and I leave each session feeling equipped to grow and step into a healthier self.

Written on Sep 13, 2022 after therapy with Valarie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

I have appreciated the additional research Valarie has done for me and my concerns. The flexibility has been tremendous help.

Written on Jul 29, 2022 after therapy with Valarie for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

I have been seeing Valarie for several months and she has helped me get through a divorce after a 33 year marriage and betrayal, and a death...all happened within a few weeks if each other.
She has given practical advice, truly listens, checks up on me, is very direct, yet extremely compassionate.
She is like a mental health trainer.
She can be tough but her toughness is driven by deep understanding and compassion. She seeks her patient's healing.
I highly reccomend Valarie.

Written on Jul 05, 2022 after therapy with Valarie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Valerie has helped me navigate a difficult time in my life. I appreciate her insight.

Written on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Valarie for 3 months on issues concerning coping with life changes