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 him-,her-, or 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
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family, Intimacy-related, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar
LCSW #73 073440 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
Velma is an amazing human being who has all the tools for giving effective and supportive guidance. In addition to her exceptional educational background, she blends this intelligence with practicalities of life experience and common sense. She has a lot of compassion, yet doesn't "sugar coat" - she tells you like it is. When I add in her extraordinary emotional and intuitive intelligence, this formula that she offers works best for me!
Velma is great and supportive. I appreciate her always being attentive and available.
Velma is a really awesome person. She is a great listener and gives precise feedback. Whenever I message her, she replies very quickly. So far I really enjoy my sessions with her and try to utilize as much time with her as possible and take in the information she provides.
Velma is extremely warm and an attentive listener. She’s a wealth of information/resources and truly competent at providing suggestions that improve your life in ways you simply never would think of. I always leave our calls feeling refreshed and invigorated, with a new energy to attack the challenges of life. Very lucky to have found her.
Velma is a powerful force. She is a deep listener with sharp instincts and solutions-oriented, actionable advice. I wish I had found her sooner!
She is the best. So devoted to her craft and patients. Great memory. Has a ton of tools. Lots of life experiences and education. Very positive and upbeat. Compassionate and motivating. Always available. So caring. I can't wait till she writes an autobiography.
Velma was very helpful, kind, compassionate and understanding. She went out of her way to respond to my messages at all times of the day. I would definitely recommend. Thanks for everything Velma!
Ms. Jones was responsive and helpful in resolving my issue. I will recommend.
She is very responsive and doesn't let much time go by before she get's a hold of me and I appreciate it and her. In fact, there are times when she responds seconds after I send a message. She is amazing.
Velma is affirmative, she is supportive, wise, and empowering. I feel she is 100% committed to my development, growth, healing, and recovery. I am so grateful that I was matched with her.
I think back to our first phone session and I left the call feeling so much more aware of myself, my struggles, and awareness that I will be fine, with time. She gave me hope and I felt renewed.
Velma has been great in giving me advice and understanding my current situation. I feel like she's very easy to talk to.
Velma helped me out when I really, really needed it. She gave me worksheets and techniques for helping me work through my feelings and see things in a clear way. Getting in touch with Velma and BetterHelp was the best decision I could have made to help me get through what was a really difficult time.
Velma is being extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring.
Velma has been very helpful to me and gets me to see things from various different perspectives and gets me to do exercises which is helpful to me and decreases my stress and anxiety levels.
An excellent counsellor, who helped me achieve major changes in just a few months. Listens, understands, and gives great advice.
In the 2 weeks we've been working together, Ms. Velma has given me hope, helped me see outside the box and just been plain supportive.
Looking forward to what else we can achieve.
I cannot say enough about how much Velma has already helped me. Just knowing she’s there when I need her and that there’s a plan to work on with someone else has been such an asset to my life. Everyone should use BetterHelp.
Velma is the BEST. Scheduling was the hardest thing for me lately and being able to have a session without leaving the house as been ideal. This is excellent!
She is a total life saver omggg!! Best energy ever, extremely understanding and patient! I never had success with other counselors but with her I feel I found a life-time connection to stability and sanity. I don’t feel so alone anymore, and when I’m going through a tough spot she’s there! Thank you Velma! God bless
She is a brilliant, understanding and sympathetic therapist. Would definitely recommend her to anyone!
Velma is an amazing psychologist. I am so blessed to have gotten paired up with her. She makes me see logic and helps me through difficult times. Velma works so hard. She gets back to me so promptly and she really listens. She is the best!!
Velma has helped me in a way no other counselor has! She has given me so many tools and resources to use to help myself grow mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even financially! She is a wonderful blessing in my life and I am absolutely grateful for her.
Very understanding and resourceful.
I can not stress enough how grateful and appreciative I am that Velma Jones is my counselor. Her expertise in her profession, as well as her professionalism and understanding, make you feel that there is hope that your problems will be addressed in a positive manner. And Velma Jones LISTENS to what you are saying which, in today's world, is very uncommon! It difficult to admit to yourself that you have emotional problems. But once you do, you should hope that you are assigned to Velma Jones if she is located in your area. If your are not located in her area, make sure that the counselor assigned to you is as good for you as Velma Jones is for me and many other patients!
I have only been talking to Velma for a short period of time but she has already understood much of what I need and she has been able to direct me already. She listens very well and is gentle and straightforward at the same time. Lovely lady to share with and I look forward to our journey.
Velma Jones is a godsend! I have worked with other counselors before, but she is really the best I have ever experienced. She is a great listener, focuses on problem solving and goal setting, and is always there when you need her. In helping you find solutions, you are aware of her incredible expertise and her ability to understand you and your specific situation. I can't recommend her highly enough.
She is great so far. It is in the early stages so we are still getting to know each other.
Velma is truly an Angel sent here in human form... I cannot explain how much it means to me to have her as my counselor. She has been extremely helpful to me and very supportive in ways I couldn't imagine. She is very knowledgeable, and an expert in relationship coaching and self-help. She helped me get through one of the most difficult times in my life, and fortunately I still have her to help me with my marriage/separation issues. Thank you Velma for all you have done for me! I appreciate you wholeheartedly!
Ms. Jones is very easy going. I feel like I’m talking to a friend. She is very professional as well.
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.
She's great and is helping me do the work I need to get done.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Velma is kind and an amazing listener. I am truly not afraid to tell her anything, and she has super insightful advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Brutally honest, yet respectful and compassionate.
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.
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
Velma is simply amazing.
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!
Very understanding. Gets to the point when listening. The most experienced counselor I have met so far.
Velma is a very good listener and has provided me with some helpful advice. I recommend her.
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.
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.
Velma has been awesome. I feel so happy! She is wonderful. She really helped me a lot.
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.
Velma is caring and a good listener.
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.
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.
Velma is a really good listener and helps me to calm down and have hope.
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.
Velma is so kind! She has been nothing but helpful and I 100% recommend her!
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.
Velma is amazing! Highly recommend. She's such a warm person with lots of great insight.
Great counselor, very nice, and caring.
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!
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!
Always there. Been very kind and helpful
Readily available and a great help.
She is brilliant, supportive and pushes just the right amount.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Velma was just what I needed.
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.
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!
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!
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!!
Velma has been super encouraging and thoughtful. So happy with her so far
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!
Velma is knowledgeable, dedicated, intuitive and wise. I had a wonderful experience.
Very responsive and knowledgeable. She makes you feel good and like you have someone strong on your side.
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.
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.
Love her!! She's the best. She's honest with you and helps so much!
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.
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.
She's amazing. Very prompt with replying and so far is helping me a lot.
It's been worthwhile for myself to have an online councillor, and great to have one on one councilling - simple effective non nonsense advice. âï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸
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.
Velma has been great, she has been extremely patient and non-judgmental.
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.
Velma is great. She's helped me a great deal.
Velma is a very talented counselor. She's resourceful and creative, and she has the compassion of a saint.
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.
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.
Velma Jones is a great listener and I appreciate all the tips she gave me to help deal with various issues in my life.
Velma is always very understanding and helpful! She sends quick replies to messages and is very flexible when arranging times to chat. Thank you!
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.
Velma is always there with advise, or just to listen. She always responds no matter how small the problem.
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.
Velma was very supportive. It felt like she actually cares about her clients.
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.
Velma has been great help.
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.
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.
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.