Velma Jones

(MSW, LCSW-R)

About Me

I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach, who has over 20 years of experience counseling clients of all ages with respect to the varied concerns and/or challenges they may be confronting. Additionally, I have advanced clinical training in the areas of children, adolescents, and families. Plus, over the past 15 years, I have worked as a Professor of Graduate Social Work studies in three major academic institutions. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, working with those who have concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, substance use disorders, relationship problems, and career challenges. For example:
- The executive who is attempting to determine his or her next move and needs a sounding board.
- The overwhelmed collegiate who wants to increase his or her academic performance.
- The exhausted parent.
- The man or woman who is having relationship anxiety and stress, particularly over power struggles.
- The wounded warrior/veteran who is having adjustment issues.
- The person who is experiencing feelings of abandonment, sadness, and/or grief.
My counseling style is one of support, honesty, understanding, and non-judgment. Also, it is important to note that I tend to be more solution-focused as opposed to problem-focused. My ultimate goal is to help each client free themself from the heavy burdens they carry and move on to a life of happiness, joy, and fulfillment.
I truly applaud your courage in facing and desiring to positively change the challenges with which life has bought to you at this time. Please know that it will be my honor to partner with you in creating the successful life of your dreams.

Velma E. Jones, MSW, LCSW-R


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family, Intimacy-related, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 20

Licensing

LCSW #73 073440 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Reviews

Written by S.C. on Oct 17, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks relationship

Velma Jones helped me and my boyfriend gain some direction and a different perspective on our relationship at the moment. I really appreciate everything she has done.

Written by J.E. on Sep 20, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem

She's great and is helping me do the work I need to get done.

Written by D.A. on Sep 13, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Velma is an amazing counselor. Her warm and frank style is a breath of fresh air in a sometimes redundant world of counseling. She is easy to talk to and provides amazing insight, especially considering it's just over the phone. She is positive without pandering, funny without being mean, and truly has been in my corner.

When I needed help the most, she was ready and waiting for me.

Written by T.A. on Sep 05, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 6 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, career, and bipolar

Velma is an angel sent from above. She touched my life in a very special way and has, and still is, helping me go through a brilliant transformation plan. She's quite professional, understanding, empathetic and GENUINE. God bless her! Oh, and she's cool!

Written by M.A. on Aug 25, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks relationship

At first, I was very leery of speaking with an on-line counselor. It did not take any time at all for Velma to get me to relax and feel very comfortable talking to her. She is extremely compassionate, and yet is very matter of fact and honest. I am very happy that she and I work so well together.

Written by V.E. on Aug 23, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, and self esteem

Velma is absolutely wonderful. She has genuine empathy and compassion but is also very honest and straightforward, which I find refreshing. I feel like I've made more progress in the couple of months I've had sessions with her than in the previous two years I'd spent in in-person therapy. She gives great recommendations as to books, materials, and other resources that have proven helpful in my quest towards better mental health. She is truly a gem and I feel lucky to have found her.

Written by J.E. on Aug 19, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and anger

Velma Jones is a very experienced therapist, as well as a helpful and kind person. I feel very lucky to have her assistance, and I am VERY picky.

Written by L.A. on Aug 17, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks relationship, and family

Velma is an exceptional counselor. She is tender and attentive, and able to pull insight from various philosophies and schools of thought. Velma is an expert therapist and she communicates with humility. This makes her relatable and easy to confide in. At this trying time in my life, Velma was the listening ear that I needed to sort out my own feelings and thoughts from all the noise.

Written by D.E. on Aug 14, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Velma is kind and an amazing listener. I am truly not afraid to tell her anything, and she has super insightful advice.

Written by M.U. on Aug 12, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks

Very quickly I felt I had a "professional friend" in my corner..she is real, genuine, intelligent, caring, knowledgeable and clear. I feel blessed to have chosen her at this difficult time.

Written by on Aug 08, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months

I have no words to thank Velma for the support she has given me for the past 3 months. Her strong intuition and sound expertise were key for me to recover my energy levels and balance. I cannot think of any better help than the one she provided me with.

Written by M.O. on Aug 04, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks relationship, family, and parenting

Velma has been a huge help to me! She immediately understood my situation and gave me very good advice that really helped me. I liked being able to communicate via email and speaking on the phone. She has a very good intuition and a strong background in counseling so she is able to draw from both those and give excellent feedback and advice . I highly recommend her.

Written by A.D. on Jul 31, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks relationship, and anger

Velma has been helpful in the short time that I have chatted with her and in our phone conversation. I feel very comfortable sharing my thoughts with her and she's giving me sound advice to handle some of our marriage issues.

Written by M.U. on Jul 22, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks depression, addictions, and self esteem

Velma is great. She listens to whatever I have to say, she has been helping me change the way I think, and I think she's doing a great job. Thanks Velma!

Written by C.H. on Jul 01, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and parenting

I was hesitant at first to try therapy online but I am so happy I did. Velma is terrific and has truly helped me. I am grateful for BetteHelp!

Written by R.E. on Jun 30, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and bipolar

Brutally honest, yet respectful and compassionate.

Written by F.E. on Jun 29, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, lgbt, and bipolar

Ms. Jones has been extremely kind, supportive and professional. I appreciate how responsive she has been and look forward to working with her in the future.

Written by R.A. on Jun 26, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem

Velma has been a great therapist for our sessions. She's kind, knowledgeable and encouraging without being dominating. It's refreshing and I would gladly recommend her

Written by L.I. on Jun 24, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, anger, and career

Velma has helped me feel at ease.

Written by S.A. on Jun 22, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Velma is simply amazing.

Written by E.G. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Velma is great! She has already helped me a lot with my issues. Always there and giving a lot of resources to gain extra knowledge about any problem and be in control of it. She is an expert I would really recommend to other people who seek professional efficient help!

Written by S.A. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, and career

Very understanding. Gets to the point when listening. The most experienced counselor I have met so far.

Written by A.L. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, and anger

I am very happy that Velma was matched with me! From our very first appointment, she gave me honest, realistic advice that did not include false hope. She also gave me a sense of direction. Velma was able to identify my strengths in a very short time and is currently helping me build on those strengths. Our first session ended with a plan in the making.
On days where I have needed extra support but did not have a session scheduled, I was able to reach out to Velma and receive a timely response. Velma's support and guidance on those tough days has even helped me to grow. When I experience I tough day now, I know how to handle it better than ever before - thanks to her!

Written by A.N. on Jun 19, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Velma is a very good listener and has provided me with some helpful advice. I recommend her.

Written by L.O. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Velma has been an incredible help to me in a very short time. I think she's the best therapist I have ever had! I really love her practical and caring approach. I understand myself much better even after just a few sessions. I look forward to healing more and being happier through my work with her.

Written by N.O. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Velma is both wise and worldly, she is always available to help me and tells me the truth! Which is often quite humorous, especially if I'm in the wrong! She's helped me to expand my view and bring positivity back into my life, she's helped me to stand up for myself and have confidence. She's an excellent counselor.

Written by V.I. on Jun 10, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Velma has been awesome. I feel so happy! She is wonderful. She really helped me a lot.

Written by A.V. on Jun 08, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

I am so grateful I met such a wonderful therapist on this forum. My former therapist who I used to see retired last year and I was interviewing a variety of therapist locally. None of them worked out. I decided to try this service and I was paired with Velma, who I can say is just as wonderful and even more so then my former therapist. I have had major breakthroughs in a short period of time. Velma is very patient, wise, and just an overall special person. Everything she says is well thought out and thought provoking. I can tell she really cares about me, and she wants to see me get better. She doesn't sugar coat, and she also helped me leave a very toxic relationship. She provides many tools and has a lot of guidance. I am amazed that I could find such a high-quality therapist from the comfort of my own home. I highly recommend Velma and I thank her so much. This is just the beginning and I look forward to our work together.

Written by V.I. on Jun 01, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks relationship, and intimacy-related

Velma is caring and a good listener.

Written by A.C. on Jun 01, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks lgbt, relationship, family, and anger

I've been working with Velma for a couple of weeks and am very much appreciating her help so far. She's been very responsive and understanding, and has helped me troubleshoot some barriers that have come up. I would recommend her highly, so far.

Written by K.I. on May 30, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Velma is compassionate, insightful, and solution focused. She will push you to be your best self and give you every tool you need to get there.

Written by C.A. on May 30, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, and sleeping

Velma is a really good listener and helps me to calm down and have hope.

Written by K.R. on May 30, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks relationship, and intimacy-related

Velma has been awesome. She is responsive and had book suggestions for me to read that were incredibly helpful. Been great working with her so far.

Written by C.H. on May 24, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and eating

Velma is so kind! She has been nothing but helpful and I 100% recommend her!

Written by T.H. on May 22, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and career

Velma has been spot on with my problems. She can easily find a solution to each of my weaknesses and provides support via insights, plans of action, and applicable reading material. I am very grateful to her.

Written by L.I. on May 20, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, anger, and bipolar

Velma is amazing! Highly recommend. She's such a warm person with lots of great insight.

Written by S.T. on May 13, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, career, and bipolar

Great counselor, very nice, and caring.

Written by G.R. on Apr 30, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Oh my goodness, she is so kind and helpful. She possesses just the right blend of confidence and warmth that gets you motivated to better yourself. She poignantly shares her wealth of expertise to help name and solve problems. I have just begun my work with her, and we have already identified issues, and are currently establishing goals to work through those issues. She is very inspiring. Thank you, Velma!

Written by on Apr 24, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 5 months

Velma is phenomenal! She is so available, kind and extremely intelligent. She is amazing to talk to if you want to see real changes in your life!

Written by J.A. on Apr 16, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping

Always there. Been very kind and helpful

Written by N.E. on Apr 13, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, and stress, anxiety

Readily available and a great help.

Written by S.A on Apr 11, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She is brilliant, supportive and pushes just the right amount.

Written by R.I. on Apr 05, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Velma is exceptional at what she does! She will forward any relevant information, books or materials that she feels will benefit you. She is very knowledgeable in all areas and gives solid advice. I would definitely recommend her to others. 10/10!

Written by E.R on Mar 31, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Velma is thoughtful, intuitive and an amazing counselor. In the short time I have known her, she has helped me sort so much. I am calmer and happier and she really helped me get there.

Written by B.E. on Apr 01, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks relationship, and self esteem

Velma has been a breath of fresh air. She doesn't pull punches. She's straight forward and gives me practical suggestions along with explaining the why behind them. My life is improving and it's thanks to Velma.

Written by T.E on Mar 31, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 9 months

Velma is great she has helped me out of a very dark place and into a position where I'm creating my reality and living the life I've always wanted.

Written by M.O on Mar 28, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

Velma was able to help me tremendously over these past few sessions. What I like about working with Velma is we don't just talk and then hang up. Every session, she listens and she also gives me specific feedback to help identify the issue, what is causing the issue and the solution. She has provided me with tools and specific daily life exercises and changes that have made a DRAMATIC shift and change that has made the quality of my life experience better and is now addressing the anxiety I have had to manage for my entire adult life and using it as a power for change for the positive. I highly recommend her and feel blessed to be working with her. Thank you, Velma!- M

Written by R.E on Mar 27, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and career

Velma is a wonderful counselor. Patient, focused on problem solving, kind, and professional. I'm glad I got to work with her, she helped me feel supported.

Written by S.A on Mar 17, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 months stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Velma is such a kind and compassionate individual and has helped me immensely within such a short period of time. She is non-judgmental and always makes you feel like you're talking with a friend. I highly, highly recommend her.

Written by C.L. on Mar 10, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Velma was just what I needed.

Written by A.S on Feb 26, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

Yea. Dr. Jones is a good counselor. I was able to connect with her very quickly. I still practice the techniques she thought me and it is very helpful.

Written by N.O on Feb 21, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, and bipolar

Velma is a gem. She brings out your confidence, minimizes the rumination on bad thoughts, and helps you see clear solutions. I love working with her!

Written by R.O on Feb 20, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, self esteem, and bipolar

Velma has been helping me a lot through my current life situation! I really felt understood and got very valuable tips from her. Thank you Velma!

Written by G.G on Feb 12, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 7 months relationship, family, and anger

Velma takes her work seriously. I was hesitant to do online/chat therapy but I have developed a relationship with Velma that is sincere, direct and caring. Velma takes an active approach and is available for counsel, conveniently to make it work for my schedule. I am really enjoying working with her and she has helped me so much with the issues I am working on! This is a great service for busy people!!

Written by M.A on Feb 09, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Velma has been super encouraging and thoughtful. So happy with her so far

Written by S.H on Jan 22, 2017 after counseling with Velma for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Velma is terrific! I've been having trouble with past trauma and Velma has been so helpful. She has very caring and positive and super supportive on my road to recovery!

Written by S.E on Dec 22, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 months stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Velma is knowledgeable, dedicated, intuitive and wise. I had a wonderful experience.

Written by A.N on Dec 19, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 month depression, and relationship

Very responsive and knowledgeable. She makes you feel good and like you have someone strong on your side.

Written by M.A on Dec 08, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem

I recently started therapy with Velma, she comes of as very understanding and compassionate and is full of advice. I am absolutely happy with my therapist.

Written by M.I on Dec 06, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Velma is honest, warm, and caring. She is very good at keeping up with you and getting back to you. You can tell she puts love and effort into what she does and I'm truly thankful I got to go through this with her.

Written by C.A on Oct 22, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

Love her!! She's the best. She's honest with you and helps so much!

Written by M.A on Sep 09, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, parenting, anger, and career

Velma is very professional and knows her stuff. I'm thankful to be able to have her as my counselor. Amazing how in less than one week, I started to notice a difference for me, although it does tend to take longer for some people, and that's normal also. I have full confidence in Velma Jones to be able to help me and I plan on continuing therapy with her.

Written by M.O on Aug 21, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, and stress, anxiety

I just started sessions with Velma but already I feel like she is helping me with my anxiety issues. I really look forward to working more with her.

Written by N.I on Aug 02, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

She's amazing. Very prompt with replying and so far is helping me a lot.

Written by T.T on Jul 20, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

It's been worthwhile for myself to have an online councillor, and great to have one on one councilling - simple effective non nonsense advice. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Written by P.A on Jun 23, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 months

Velma has been great! She is very knowledgeable and understanding. She tells it like it is but she is very helpful in the way she does it. Her responses are very timely I would recommend her to anyone needing help with addictions.

Written by B.E on Jun 17, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Velma has been great, she has been extremely patient and non-judgmental.

Written by K.A on May 26, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

Velma is great very understanding and real. She helps you to feel like you're not alone in suffering from anxiety, but also holds you accountable. This has been the best thing that I've done for myself and I'm so grateful.

Written by V.E on May 11, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, and depression

Velma is great. She's helped me a great deal.

Written by T.O on Apr 30, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, bipolar, and depression

Velma is a very talented counselor. She's resourceful and creative, and she has the compassion of a saint.

Written by H.E on Apr 28, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and depression

Velma helped me learn how to address my anxiety and appreciate the fact that I am human and should embrace life as it is handed to me.

Written by S.A on Apr 26, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 month

I've had a few session with Velma Jones and so far she has been great. She gave me good advice and allowed me to know myself better. I totally recommend her.

Written by W.H on Apr 23, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 2 days stress, anxiety, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

Velma Jones is a great listener and I appreciate all the tips she gave me to help deal with various issues in my life.

Written by S.H on Apr 14, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 month stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

Velma is always very understanding and helpful! She sends quick replies to messages and is very flexible when arranging times to chat. Thank you!

Written by E.R on Apr 07, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 month relationship, family, and parenting

Velma has been a great help to me during a very stressful time in my life. She is always there with helpful advice and encouragement even weekends and late at night.

Written by R.E on Mar 28, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 months addictions, relationship, and anger

Velma is always there with advise, or just to listen. She always responds no matter how small the problem.

Written by J.E on Mar 26, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 6 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, career, and depression

Velma is great! I started about a month ago and she listens and responds very quickly. Velma has helped me through through a crisis and supported me to make sure I was okay after. Her support is so appreciated.

Written by S.I on Mar 22, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 4 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, career, and depression

Velma was very supportive. It felt like she actually cares about her clients.

Written by J.E on Mar 08, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, self esteem, and depression

I have been dealing with some overwhelming situations in my life right now. The loss of my life partner, the beginning of a new relationship, and the emotional struggles that come with both. Grief, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, aprehension, insecurity, ect. Velma has heped me sort through these emotions, take control of my situations, and deal with what is in front of me. She is warm and personable, yet honest. I can't thank her enough.

Written by D.A on Mar 03, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and depression

Velma has been great help.

Written by P.I on Feb 25, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Thoughtful and caring, Velma always responds rapidly and with varying suggestions: I've found her feedback to be positive and calming with an emphasis on problem solving.

Written by G.R on Feb 16, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, anger, bipolar, and depression

She is great so far. She's always there even late at night or early in the morning some times I don't know how she puts up with me but I am grateful that I got matched up with her.

Written by A.L on Feb 11, 2016 after counseling with Velma for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

Velma has been a blessing to me throughout the time I shared with her. I am so thankful for all the ways she helped me and guided me. an excellent counselor, very professional and knowledgeable.