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Prof. Valerie Starr, LCPC, LCMHC

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression
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About me

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.

Professional experience

38yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression

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

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

Professor Starr is great. I've been with her a long time. I like the way she makes me think about things in a different way. I couldn't have been matched with a therapist better.

Written on May 21, 2024 after therapy with Valerie for 9 years and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and depression

A wonderful therapist that listens to me and truly tries to understand the complexity of my day to day life but also how my conditions influence me. She has been a great resource and a wonderful ear during some trying times in my life.

Written on May 04, 2024 after therapy with Valerie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, and depression

from where i was to where i am now in a 6 month span… truly thank my therapist. She has made such a big beautiful impact in my perspective of life.

Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Valerie for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

So thoughtful and willing to challenge my assumptions when needed. She also listens when I just need to vent or bounce ideas off someone. It has been so wonderful to chat with her the past few years!

Written on Jul 04, 2023 after therapy with Valerie for 3 years and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Valerie is my best ally and she understand my issues and works with me closely…. I really appreciate her so much!

Written on Jun 08, 2023 after therapy with Valerie for 2 years and 7 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and grief

Valerie is an excellent therapist. She listens well and suggests things that helped me feel better.

Written on May 29, 2023 after therapy with Valerie for 8 years and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and depression