I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 11 years of work with people who are striving to thrive. I work through a trauma-informed lens, with a strengths-based, humanistic perspective. Those who have benefitted most from my work have experienced some trauma in their lives and are working to unravel the effects those events have had on them. I have a long history of working with those who have experienced significant domestic violence, grief and loss, and with loved ones of folks who are LGBTQIAA+. Additionally, those with PTSD, other anxiety disorders, and Bipolar have greatly benefited from their work with me. I also work with those who are challenged with addiction issues, especially if they are in tandem with other mental health issues. Together we can unravel the interconnectedness of the challenges you experience and I can support you in finding a life that is more meaningful and satisfying.
My goal in my work with you is to develop a connection through which you can learn to develop trust, insight and a deeper understanding of yourself. This means at times I will work with your innate intelligence to identify and create solutions and at other times I may use what you have shared with me and my own intuition to offer advice, share observations and make suggestions. I have an eclectic toolkit that includes working with Narrative therapy, using aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
You have taken the first step on your road to healing, the first step is often the most difficult. Thanks for considering me as your therapist. I look forward to our work together.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD
LCSW #L4799 (Expires: 2019-12-31)
Before I began therapy, I was told that it takes time to find a good therapist. I'd say I am extremely fortunate to have gotten Valeria assigned to me. A BIG thank you to her for helping me and supporting me in the manner she has. Among many things, the thing which stood out for me was that she would make time for me when I urgently requested (in times I felt really low). I really wish that every one gets a therapist like her.
Valeria has not only helped me with my trauma, but my anxiety. Since beginning counseling, I've found a huge relief in my symptoms, and my daily life has improved so much. I'm so grateful she's my counselor! I would be lost without her.
I was connected to Valeria when a traumatic event happened and I needed help. Without Valeria I may not have had the tools I needed to be able to succeed through this trauma and heal. Her kindness and devotion to help me was apparent right from our first session. I will never forget the compassion she had for me.
Valeria is soooo amazing! I have made so much progress in the last few months because of her! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! She gives great advice, gives you tools that actually work! She is such a kind women! I enjoy our meetings very much:)
She rocks! Valeria is smart, thoughtful, compassionate, wise, and funny! She’s wonderful and I find it easy to connect and open up to her as a client. Highly recommend.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Valeria. I found her approach gentle and nourturing. Since working with her, I have found significant improvement in my mental health. She is very understanding yet gives thoughtful action points to address areas of concern. Valeria also provides additional support such as reading, worksheets to help me throughout the week in between sessions. I also found that the fact that she has a plan that is a great pace, for me moving towards a mentally healthier me, extremely beneficial when I come into each session. This was a great fit for me and I’m so glad I found Valeria!
Valeria is amazing and great at listening.
Valeria is a kind, compassionate, and thoughtful counselor. I felt truly heard from our first exchange. Wonderfully caring and supportive.
A beautiful person. A wonderful soul. An incredible intellect. She’s helping this beautiful mess clean itself up. Thank you for everything. ❤️❤️