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Valerie Rutherford, LISW

Stress, Anxiety Parenting issues Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Life is challenging for all of us at times. I’m glad you’re here, taking the steps necessary to care for yourself. BetterHelp is exciting for me because I believe that each individual’s needs are unique and having a variety of ways to receive support is most beneficial. This platform allows for the flexibility that I value.

I am Valerie Rutherford, a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory endorsement (LISW-S) in Ohio. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children as well as couples and families. The focus of my career has been mental health; my areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship management, and coping with life’s difficulties.

You will find that I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where you can process the emotions and difficulties you are facing. Using a collaborative, client-centered approach, we will work together to improve your situation. I offer a variety of interventions tailored to meet your specific needs. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care. I offer a flexible schedule and am open to whatever form of communication is most comfortable for you.

You have begun the journey of seeking help, now I hope you will reach out to see what we can accomplish together!

Professional experience

15yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric 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, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

OH LISW I.0600059-SUPV


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

Love you Valerie!

Written on May 13, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes

I always feel heard and validated by Valerie.

Written on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Valerie has been so helpful! Even when I'm not good about staying in touch, she reaches out to me while making sure I know that it's OK to talk when I'm ready. She does great in working with you and listening to you.

Written on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

She is prompt! She is kind! She is patient! She listens! She is fair! She is so personable; I wish I knew her in real life; she encourages me to want and desire better (more meaningful) relationships and connections!

She says little; until she understands how much to say! I think of her as my friend; although she’s not; her knowledgeable and understanding approach is hard not to desire more of her time!

I wish that I could talk to her more, but I do with journal entries and I am appreciative of this app... it has connected to me a better understanding and respect for Valerie and her profession!

Written on Jun 03, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Valerie is a great listener!!!!! She also never has told me what to do or what’s best. She lets me make my own decisions but also shares different point of views i may not have considered. She’s awesome

Written on Jun 03, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes