My name is Valerie Starr and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Clinical Professional Counselor, specializing in individual and couples counseling. I have served clients from early childhood to elders for over thirty years in both community mental health and private practice. Over the years, I have worked with a broad range of client issues, from depression and anxiety to self-awareness and personal development. I have worked with many people recovering from trauma and loss, individuals seeking to improve their relationships, and mothers and fathers who wish to gain enhanced skill in parenting.
In addition to my work as a Mental Health Counselor a Clinical Professional Counselor, I taught for eleven years as an Adjunct Professor in a local college. I taught graduate level courses to adults wishing to enter the field of Mental Health Counseling. The courses I offered were Family Systems Therapy and Ethics in the Counseling Profession.
My counseling style is warm and compassionate. I am deeply committed to a person-centered practice. I strongly believe in the resilience of the human spirit, in our ability to heal within the context of a caring and non-judgmental relationship, and in the potential for wellness and joy in each and every human being. I stay away from the use of labels, but prefer to meet each person as a unique individual who is striving for happiness and a better life. I honor your genuineness and your authenticity.
I have deep respect for people who seek the challenge and the satisfaction that come with personal growth. I will honor your choices and provide support and insight along the way. I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
NV LCPC CP5222-R
NH LCMHC 139
Prof. Starr has been a true blessing in my life. She is always there for me and has helped me through the absolute hardest time of my life and I don’t know where I would be right now if not for her. She is great at what she does and I plan to be in contact with her for a very long time.
Written on Nov 21, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and anger management
I can't recommend Val enough. She helped me as I went through a tough time adjusting to a lot of changes. She was a calm and reassuring presence, and very understanding! Would definitely recommend.
Written on Nov 14, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
Valerie is amazing. She gets down to the nitty gritty and keeps me on track, I so appreciate her knowledge and empathy!
Written on Oct 07, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and grief
It’s only been a short time but I think this is a great match. Prof. Starr is kind and knowledgeable. She listens and I’m excited to see where this journey goes.
Written on Aug 20, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Valerie has taught me many skills that are helpful. She is an excellent CBT therapist. I highly recommend her.
Written on Jul 31, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 7 years and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and depression
Prof. Start is compassionate and real. I feel she sees her role as helping me be the best me and that includes addressing difficult subjects - ones a lot of us would rather ignore.
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes