Thankfully, I consider myself blessed to have never “worked” a day in my life. I started over 25 years ago providing clinical social work to abused and neglected children and adolescents. Over the years, I have worked with multiple populations in rural and urban settings with low and high incomes. I diagnose and provide therapy to all age ranges, children to seniors. The diversity of the populations I work with include children, adolescents, adults, couples, LGBTQIA, veterans, and families. I have extensive training in PTSD and trauma informed care and continue to work with survivors of sexual assault, abuse and neglect; survivors of domestic violence; and persons in recovery from or believe they have a problem with alcohol, drugs or food.
My no nonsense, yet warm and accepting approach is what my clients say they like most about me. Over the years I have helped people heal from the past and deal with current situations that cause them distress, depression, anxiety or fear. Allow me to put my experience to work for you.
Yes, I have 2 Masters degrees and I am independently licensed in 2 states, but what I really have to offer is life experience applying evidence based models in a way that meets you were YOU are, not where I want you to be. If you think it is time to some work, then I am ready to help you feel better about you, your choices and your life.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2019033663
OH LISW I.0008254-SUPV
Valerie was the best therapist I could have asked for. Especially since she was my very first therapist, I was so lucky to find her on my first try. She is excellent and has given me tools to cope with depression and anxiety and I have been exercising these tools without even noticing. So many great things to say, 10/10 would recommend her!
Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Quick to respond. Valerie listens in a way that makes talking easy
Written on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 11 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders
Valerie has been an absolute pleasure to talk to. She is very sincere and respectful, and I've felt incredibly comfortable working with her. She is a gem!
Written on Jul 15, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
Valerie is very insightful and caring. She won't let you lie to her or to yourself, but her truth is more comforting than my lies.
Written on Mar 16, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties
I like Valerie, she’s been really supportive and understanding about all my issues. I like how she suggests only one or two things to try, because I can get over-enthusiastic and try too many things. Valerie is usually always there for me. Sometimes within a few hours if I’m having a particularly bad day, but also she sends messages every few days to check in on me and I really appreciate that!
Written on Mar 09, 2021 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, and self esteem