I am a licensed clinical social worker/therapist licensed in Minnesota with over 10 years of clinical experience and 21 years of professional experience working with people facing a variety of personal barriers or struggles. I am also a MN Board of Social Work approved clinical and non-clinical, licensing supervisor. I have been blessed, working with clients ranging from young children to the elderly dealing with varying issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues to anger management, family issues, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, incarceration, and disability related concerns to name a few. I have a lengthy & robust career working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and facing a broad range of challenges. I have worked almost exclusively with individuals who have serious mental illness for the vast majority of my professional career.
My counseling style is empathetic and goal-directed. I believe that approachability, focused listening and effective problem solving is the key to success in a therapeutic relationship and every client that I am blessed to serve will feel heard and empowered to achieve their goals. Being treated with dignity, respect and compassion are also the tenets that I abide by and will display that in every interaction and intervention. My approach combines a variety of theoretical perspectives designed to meet your needs, including solution-focused brief therapy, strengths therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy to ensure that the highest level of outcomes are achieved as outlined by a unique treatment plan that will be tailored to your needs.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MN LICSW 18275
Wonderful person and amazing therapist.
Written on Dec 24, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning eating disorders, and self esteem
Written on Jul 10, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Thank you for being so responsive and supportive, even when it was hard for me to even schedule an appointment.
Written on Jan 04, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues
Valerie is very helpful and caring. From the start, I felt heard and supported. She brings a great mix of simple ideas to try and deeper reflections to have. I am very thankful I was matched with her and for this platform, I really needed it. Thank you.
Written on Sep 03, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes