My name is Valerie Starr and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in child and family 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, including both teens and adults, 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, 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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , 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 , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Somatization , Trichotillomania , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
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
Counselor #139 (Expires: 2021-06-01)
Valerie goes out of her way to make time to answer my questions and support me in ways I did not expect. She’s there when I need help and she holds me accountable in ways that help my ability to heal. I so appreciate her.
Extremely supportive. I’m lacking a support system, battling depression, anxiety, and loss alone, and Valerie has helped me so much. Definitely wouldn’t be here or doing as well as i am without her help
She is very understanding and easy to give suggestions and positive support. She also checks in if I haven’t responded. I am very happy with my choice in her support.
I've only been with Prof. Starr for a short time but have very much enjoyed counseling with her so far. She has been quick to respond, I feel that she actively listens, and has been extremely kind.
Prof Starr is amazing, she listens to me pour out my heart and listens. She doesn’t judge and her responses are always met with empathy, compassion and love.
Val is always there when I need her.
In the short time we have been messaging Prof. Starr has very calming presence and I always look forward to speaking with her.
Prof Starr is kind, encouraging, understanding, and empathetic but still professional. I enjoy talking to her and feel like she listens and responds very thoughtfully. I’m very glad to have her to speak to.
Prof Starr is helping me notice and identify behaviors I want to change. She has challenged me but supported me, and I appreciate how she concisely points things out that I hadn’t noticed in how I exist in and view the world.
Professor Starr is very helpful and attentive with me. I feel that her assistance is really helping me work through person concerns that I have, and I enjoy talking with her. I also trust her to not judge me or share my information. I would recommend her to others. I have already recommended Better Help to friends and family
She's excellent and attentive
I really enjoy my counsellor she responds to me in a timely manner and always checks in with me. She’s very insightful. Would recommend.
Prof. Starr hit a home run with me right off the bat. She has sharp wisdom; immediately recognizing the reason for my emotional behavior during the last video session. I'm looking forward to talking to her more.
Valerie was supportive and listened. She picked up quickly on my loneliness and depression. She offered reasonable recommendations.
She is a great lady to talk with. Great listener, seems like she knows exactly what to say with great advice and suggestions. I feel like a whole new person since I’ve started talking with her.
Simply the best!
Valerie is extremely calming and comforting in such difficult times.
She is helpful so far and listen to what I have to say.
She has many ideas , worksheets and questions that are helpful. I feel her empathy for my challenges. I recommend her
Valerie Starr has been wonderful. She’s attentive, patient, and great with helping me forward, even when I feel at my lowest. She’s open-minded, judgment-free, and warm. I’d recommend her to anyone struggling.
I’m really happy I was assigned to prof. Starr. At first I wasn’t sure this would work but she help me understand my situations, the way I see things, how to disengage with negative thoughts and se have taught me many different methods so I can strengthen the new healthy habits I needed to nurture in order to get better. She’s very encouraging and it helped me to keep going whenever I was in my lows.
So kind. You can tell she wants you to be the best version of yourself.
Do you really want to change your life? Then look no further. This therapist can help you. It will not be easy. She will make you see issues that you did not even realize were there. She has a remarkable ability to cut through the crap and get to the core of the issue. You have to do the work. And the work, by the way, is in your life not in the ‘betterhelp’ chat room. She will always show up for you. She will support and encourage you and she will challenge and push you. It’s wonderful and it’s painful. It works and your life is worth the investment. I trust her and I do not trust humans easily. I can tell her anything (and have) and I know, for real, she does not judge. What a gift that is. It has not been an easy road yet I have had the best traveling companion I could have wished for. No words do justice to the gratitude I feel for this therapist. Thank you Prof. Valerie Starr for everything.
She is fantastic!! Her advice has helped me SO MUCH in the few months we have been chatting!!
She is a great counselor! She always knows what to say to stop my anxious depressive thoughts in their tracks and she gives me great resources to learn and work on myself! Highly recommend working with her!
Still early in our time together, but Prof Starr has so far been attentive, responsive and understanding. She is quick to reply to my messages and has given me some concrete things to keep me focused on my goals.
I feel as though I could write a better review given a longer experience with Prof. Starr... we've only had one call and a week of quick exchanges to date. Hopefully there will be more chances later. I find her professional, very sharp and perceptive, and is focusing our counselling in directions that seem productive but that I did not originally expect. She is also extremely responsive!
Prof. Starr has been very supportive and understanding from the start. She is very active and responsive and I greatly appreciate that.
I just started this system 2 weeks ago, so it is early to say, but I feel support and that feels hopeful.
So far Prof. Starr has been very helpful. Much more responsive than my previous counselor. Very Non-judgmental which is very helpful for people with trust issues.
Professor Starr really helped me to focus on what I wanted to accomplish in therapy, and worked with me around those goals. She has lots of suggestions for me and always responded in a timely, thoughtful manner. She’s a good listener, and she knows her stuff. I felt less alone and left the experience knowing what I need to work on for my own future.
She has been an amazing counselor and someone I have found to be easy to talk to. Communicating with her has been extremely helpful and I’ve been able to feel heard when those in my life are struggling with hearing me.
Great counselor, was lucky to find her.
So far so good!! I really like how she keeps me focused!
Professor Starr has been wonderful, she's been working on important goals with me and I feel supported and respected through the process.
So far, so good. I have been in contact with Prof. Starr for about two weeks and have found the experience helpful.
Prof. Starr is amazing! A kind and genuinely good person. She tries very hard to make sure your comfortable and has a very great approach when it comes to traditional therapy. I have grown a lot since I have had sessions with her and if you haven’t, you should request her as your counselor.
Simply the best. The first person I've ever fully trusted. She allows me to move at my own pace and helps me focus on what I can do to feel better right now as well as in the future. Supportive, encouraging, and calming while nudging me forward, she has helped me to see my first rays of hope in a long time.
Professor Starr has been a helping hand for a couple years now. My sessions can be sporadic, but she's always been patient. Other counselors I've spoken to have either made the conversation about what I think I did wrong and what I think would have been a better option, but Starr has always kept the conversation about what I would like to work on NOW, or what I can do to be happier NOW. If I went a long time without checking in, she would let me know she was around if I needed anything, but that she hoped my absence meant I was doing well. She is an excellent listener who always has a kind word to share if you're feeling down. I always felt heard, and that's really important. Thank you so much for your time and your help!
Prof. Starr is incredibly kind, wise, and caring. So glad to have this kind of support in my life.
Valerie Starr is incredibly empathetic and caring. We've spoken about all aspects of my personal situation and I feel deeply comfortable sharing my problems. She has helped me overcome setbacks and formulate plans for the future. I am grateful for my interactions with her. It has been hugely beneficial.
I have found Prof. Starr to be very supportive of my needs. When she didn't hear from me, she did a check in to remind me she is here. That's been helpful to me.
Prof Starr has been a huge help and a very good fit for me. I feel very encouraged and I'm making steady positive progress thanks to her guidance.
Prof. Starr really helped me find myself again after a terrible breakup of 6 years. She really focuses on you and your thoughts and helps you channel yourself when you feel lost. I recommend Prof. Starr to anybody going through anything as she is the kindest, warmest person I have ever talked with.
Very insightful...... listens to everything I have to say say with open honest feedback
Very smart psychologist
Professor Starr is excellent at what she does. She's very helpful as well as being attentive so you don't feel neglected. I haven't been talking with her long, buts she's offered some excellent solutions and coping mechanisms to aid me in my day to day life.
I have seen other therapists in person in the past, and they weren't helpful. This time I came to the site in a moment when I felt I was close to falling in a deep depression. Prof. Starr she was nice, warm, she was there for me and always replied quickly (I have a tendency of writing very long messages, but she would always go through them and get back as soon as possible). Even on the days I would expect her to be taking some time off, resting or similar, I would get a reply from her.
She helped me through very hard times. She did not criticize my situation or me. I would definitely recommend her. I still have a lot to work on, but I'm more optimistic about the future and working to make it better. Excellent work. Excellent therapist. Excellent person. Thanks Prof. Starr.
I have had several in-person therapists in the past, but this has been the best experience yet. Having the time to write what I'm thinking lets me think things through. I get much more out of a few messages back and forth than I ever got in an hour of counseling.
Good. Prof. Starr really help me.
Very responsive and positive.
Valerie continues to be a source of calming, comfort and growth. I deeply appreciate what she has done for me.
Prof. Starr is patient and helpful. She provides me with some nice little advice to overcome problems in my life, which helps me in many ways.
Valerie Starr is a warm and compassionate therapist who you can trust entirely. She helped place me back on solid ground by offering practical advice from a place of wisdom. Although just words on screen, I could sense her genuine support for me. If youâ€™re on here looking for a good therapist who genuinely cares, you cannot go wrong with Valerie.
I find working with Valerie very helpful. She presents useful ideas and both supports and pushes me to put them into practice. I feel that working with her has already demonstrably impacted my life for the better, and I hope to continue to do so!
Prof. Starr has helped me out a lot. I feel like she really sees me as an individual. I have been going through a tough time lately, and knowing that I can always talk to her when I'm feeling bad has been amazing. She does a great job of keeping me focused on taking each day one at a time.
Prof. Starr has been very helpful in my counseling sessions. She responds quickly and she has helped me to determine what it is I want and she has given me some skills to practice to achieve those goals.
She has been very helpful and understanding, listens to everything I have discussed and throughly helped with options to move past certain things that have always held me back in the past. There is no judgment only helpful advice to help better myself.
I wouldn't want anyone else. She has been very insightful since day one! I have added many tools to my toolbox of life skills thanks to Prof. Starr! Highly recommended!
Prof. Starr is not judgmental. I felt very comfortable confiding in her. She was very helpful in my quest to work through some tough relationship issues.
Prof. Valerie Starr is really great. She has helped me through a very difficult time and I am looking forward to talking to her in the future!
Prof. Starr has been a great help, as she is very conversational and understanding, and doesn't come off as judgmental.
I am genuinely impressed with Prof. Starr. She asks relevant questions and is concise in her approach. She is clearly very experienced and I feel better after talking with her!
She's great. Valerie is responsive to needs, and stays focused on the patient. For me, we developed a specific plan for dealing with issues and have just been going through step by step. She did this simply because I asked. Valerie uses a variety of methods to assist me, and I would highly recommend her.
Professor Start is amazing. She readily accepts me and makes me feel heard. For the the first time I have found a therapist that I can be completely open with. She is welcoming and continually encourages me. I would recommend to everyone.
I am really happy with my counselling so far. Prof. Starr has been very kind and shown great empathy and wisdom towards the issues that I have. She has sent me web links about various topics, which has helped me to learn more about things such as meditation. Thank you so much!
If you are looking for a person centered therapist with lots of compassion, Professor Starr is your best bet. She will give you tools to help you make decisions and to calm your hurried mind. Here approach is eclectic and she will adapt her style based on the work that needs to be done. She is knowledgeable in treating many problems and uses the most up to date methods to get you feeling better fast. She is quite intuitive and a gifted healer. I highly recommend Professor Starr. She is the best!
She's been wonderful to lean on. She has helped me with breathing through feelings. She checks in on me and helps redirect what I have control over.
A wonderful therapist! She was very understanding & compassionate of my difficult situation. She helped me get back on my feet & re-claim my life!
Prof. Starr has been patient with my correspondence, and respectfully inquired when it has been a while since I last wrote. So far we have just talked about my concerns and some measures I can take to begin living more free from anxiety, but it is a good feeling to know I have someone to write to when needed, and she is always prompt with her responses, even when I am not!
Profesor Starr is a good therapist, one who will get you to examine your situation so that you may see things you didn't know about yourself, and can give you tools to manage your situation and you life.
Prof Starr hasn't changed my life- but she was instrumental in helping me change my life. We all have the answers inside of us, and it takes a special person to help us find them for ourselves.
Prof. Starr is an amazing counselor. She has been helping me to manage my anxiety and deal very wisely with my feelings and my stress during a big relationship crises. I felt the wonderful effects of Prof. Starr counseling after a few days exchanging messages with her. She is engaged and very positive. I am very glad I was assigned to counseling with her.
Professor Starr helped me greatly with some relationship issues I was struggling with. She didn't tell me what to do, but gave me several good ways to look at a situation and evaluate things.
She was always very quick to respond to my messages and I was very impressed with her overall!
As a counselor myself, I was pretty skeptical
of online counseling, but since I didn't have a counselor to see, I thought I would give this try.
I have been truly impressed withProfessor Starr. She is understanding, caring, and
knowledgeable. Her responses have been
so helpful to me. In addition to being a warm and caring "ear" in times of crisis, she also recommends practical coping skills that I can apply to my everyday life.
Professor Starr is one amazing person. Warm, energetic, intuitive, professional with a characteristic which has winners (directed, self-confident, reasonable in decision-making and what is particularly adorned is that she does not give up easily). On her magically way she creates the illusion that she's present in every moment to your life and always ready to offer you a piece that is missing or to pick up scattered pieces and merge them together.
She very quickly responds, and frequency of communication is directed to the needs of the client.
The client is not walking wallet. Her client is personality, to whom she is genuinely dedicated.
Thanks to her I could resolve my personal dilemmas, and I think that will drastically affect the quality of my life.
I'm sure that her work effects will last longer than a period in which she will be my therapist, which is the only indicator of the success of therapy. Great job. Thank you, Proff. Starr.
She's really friendly and willing to learn new information to better understand her patients.
Prof Starr has been such an amazing source of support to me during a difficult time. She is always happy to listen and offer words of comfort. I'm very grateful to have been matched with her x
We've just started, but Prof. Starr has started me on what feels like a road to healing. I am thankful to be working with her.
Professor Starr is helping me so much! I wish I'd have found her a long time ago! I might be healthier now. She helps me to see things more clearly. I feel I can tell her anything. There's no judgement. Lots of acceptance and positive regard with gentle guidance. Also challenges me to think for myself and hangs in there with me. She's given me some hope back that things can change for the better. She's the best thing since sliced bread. Love her!
Every day I talk to Professor Starr, I feel better than the day before. She understands my issues so well, she knows what I need to hear and she's very accessible. She's given me advice and techniques that are sustainable for life. I know these techniques will turn into habits over time, and eventually I will be able to adjust the perspective that causes me anxiety. I am excited to continue my work with her!
Prof. Starr is AMAZING. I am so happy to have found her at this time in my life. She has already helped me in so many ways with so many different aspects of my behaviour. These include PTSD, depression, eating disorder, self harming, relationship problems. Her knowledge is immense and I love the way she shares this with me in such an insightful way. I am so glad I found on-line counseling as it truly has been a lifeline for me.
It's been great speaking with Prof. Starr. She is real, caring and quick reacter when need help. She gives eye-opening insights in natural way, and help to aware roots of issues. I was helped from very down time of my life ever, and truly thanks to her amazing support.
Prof Starr is a warm kind and understanding therapist. She asks insightful questions and is caring with her advice.
I'm enjoying working with Prof. Starr's not only is she kind and understanding but she offers up sound action items I can put to use in my life to feel better, make changes or whatever it is I need. She is also very prompt with replies to my messages. No matter how much I drone on and on! :)
Prof. Starr has help me out so much. I want to say thank you so much to her! She has helped open my eyes wih myself and make myself feel better! I would have to say that she is the best counselor out there (even tho this is my first time using a counselor).
Prof. Starr is an extraordinary person. Very kind and down to earth. Never pushy. I have grown so much by knowing her.
I've spoken to a few therapists in my lifetime but they never lasted cause I never felt like they truly genuinely cared. Proff Starr has helped me more in a week then anyone has every been able to do. She's real, she cares and she wants to help. I wish there were more therapists out there like her. I would highly recommend her to anyone who really wants to dig deep to the route of your problem, to understand yourself better and to make a change for the better. Thank you Proff Starr for chanting my life. I will always be grateful to you :)
Thus far, Prof. Starr has been very helpful at getting to the root of my issues then finding a solution to help manage my anxiety and depression. Also, she has shown me ways to help me to stay focused.
She has been VERY helpful in her suggestions and recommendations and truly a great outlet for my current issues and challenges. I enjoy this service as it is more convenient.
I'm so glad i reached out for help. Prof. Starr has been a wonderful, non-judgement listener. She is genuine and compassionate in her approach. When she asks me questions, it helps me to see my situation differently and figure out what i want to do next to improve my life. If you have considered counseling but felt uncomfortable reaching out, i encourage you to try this program.
Prof Starr has made me feel very comfortable and has offered me some great advice so far. She is very kind, courteous, and respectful. I'm very much looking forward to continuing my counseling journey with her.
What can I say about Prof. Starr? She is amazing! She helped me through one of the darkest stages in my life! Her spirit and compassion are undeniable. She is genuine in her care and intentional in her feedback. She pays attention and is very prompt with her response. She has made me value and appreciate this experience.
Thank you Better Help. Thank you Prof. Starr!