Valerie's approach to her practice is deeply rooted in social work's values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. She strives to reflect these values in her work with her clients, approaching the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative effort in which the client is considered the expert on her/his/their life. Rather then taking a deficits-oriented perspective, from which there are only problems to be "coped with" and dysfunction to be corrected, Valerie focuses on individual client strengths, on healing and wholeness, and on the inherent resilience that has enabled clients to recognize and respect their need for therapeutic help and support.
Having worked extensively with trauma survivors - a population to which she is particularly drawn - Valerie has made it her mission to acquire the skill set necessary to successfully work with even the most complex of clients. As both the widow of and mother to a Marine and mother to several first responders, she has a unique affinity for emergency service workers and members of the military and their families, and she considers it an honor to serve the needs of those who serve their country and their community.
Trained and/or certified in diverse treatment modalities, Valerie is able to incorporate EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Schema, Attachment-based, Acceptance and Commitment, Somatic, and brief (Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing) therapies, among others, into her work with individuals, couples, and families. At all times, however, she remains sensitive to her clients' inherent right to self-determination, and she feels privileged to be invited to join with them on their journey toward healing and wellness.