Each of us experiences moments in our lives where we feel stuck in old patterns of behavior or unfulfilled within our daily lives. We may feel inauthentic in our roles or relationships and uncertain in our abilities to change these uncomfortable aspects of our lives. The therapeutic relationship can provide an affirming space for you to build confidence in yourself and celebrate your authenticity. It can be a place to explore your needs and wants and develop strategies to align yourself with them.
As a licensed professional counselor, Valerie strives to create opportunities for growth within a collaborative, relational style of therapy. She works to understand the intersecting identities and individual strengths of each of her clients with the intention of seeing each individual’s unique experience wholly. Finally, she hopes to create relationships with her clients that benefit from both evidence-based practice and genuine connection.
Valerie works from both Relational Cultural and Psychodynamic lenses and often integrates techniques from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into sessions. She has experience working with individuals who experience challenges associated with substance use, co-occurring disorders, trauma, relationships, sexuality, and gender. She has also worked with couples and families in which one or more members struggles with addiction.
Valerie attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in residential treatment and within community-based programs providing case management to individuals experiencing homelessness. Valerie is also a trained sex educator and has developed and facilitated sex-positive groups for both adolescents and adults.