A good therapist and a good writer share the same skills:

the ability to see the world from another point of view.

About Valerie

I have been a therapist and a writer for over twenty years (an unpublished writer, but still, a writer). A good therapist and a good writer require the same skills: the ability to fully listen to others and to understand the world from their perspective. Both ventures also require a large dose of curiosity about how people endure, heal, and thrive through life’s obstacles.

I have served hundreds of clients who come to me from all walks of life. I utilize an eclectic mix of treatment techniques and modalities, which is a fancy way of saying I am knowledgeable in a wide-range of therapy practices. These include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Training, EMDR, and play/expressive arts therapy. The approach used is always determined by the client and their specific needs.

Despite the therapy techniques, the most important part of any therapeutic relationship is in fact, the relationship. I provide a safe, comfortable place where people can share their stories and embark on a journey of growth, change, and hope. It’s an honor for me to be a part of the process.

The Official Stuff

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Oklahoma (#4672)

  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

  • Member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Denver, 1998

The Unofficial, but Equally Important Stuff

  • I volunteer with the non-profit poetry group, Mused. Through this organization, I conduct poetry coping skills class at the Calm Center in Tulsa.

  • I live in Jenks with my three kids and three dogs. I often talk about how much I love my three kids, but depending on the day, I may be either referring to the human kids or the dogs.

  • I have been a runner for over twenty years. I try to run almost every day, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes on a busy day. I’ve learned the length doesn’t matter as much as actually getting outside to do it.

  • My yard is a Monarch Waystation which means it’s filled with flying creatures, birds, native plants and lots of weeds.

  • I usually have a garden in my backyard. Like all gardeners, I proclaim every spring that this will be my season. Sadly, I am usually plagued with water issues.

  • I moved to Colorado in 1997 to go to graduate school and I lived there until 2012. I love Oklahoma, but part of me really misses Colorado.

  • Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to visit Oklahoma’s panhandle. I have not made it there yet, but someday, I will visit Black Mesa State Park and will climb to Oklahoma’s highest peak.

You need a licensed therapist who is qualified and makes you feel comfortable. After all, you’ll be discussing deeply personal issues with your therapist, so their personality and style must fit you and your needs. If you’re looking for a serious therapist to quote details about research and statistics, I may not be the person for you. I use research to guide my practice, but my sessions also include laughing, crying, and occasional swear words. If you want to know more, call me or schedule an appointment.
Generally, therapy works best when people begin with weekly sessions, and then reduce the frequency once progress has begun. This allows us to gain some momentum, and without that momentum, progress can often take longer than expected. However, during our initial session, we will map out goals and discuss the frequency of the sessions. In the end, it is your journey so I will work with you.
Psychotherapists have a master’s degree or doctorate degree in a mental health discipline and must be licensed with their state. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and am a licensed clinical social worker. The National Association of Social Workers defines clinical social work as a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances. Individual, group and family therapy are common treatment modalities.
I am an insurance provider for many major plans. My fees are $110 per session. Clients will be charged $25 for no-shows or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice.
Therapy is a financial commitment. It is also an investment in yourself and your family. A successful therapy journey can result in big changes in how you see yourself and how you approach your relationships, your work, and even your finances. Many people invest time and money into their education, vacations, homes, and hobbies. Therapy is an investment in self-care that can have a profound impact on your overall well-being and success.
Like all therapists, I am required to follow the same HIPAA privacy laws as other medical professionals. In addition to this, I must also abide by the stricter privacy guidelines outlined by the social work licensing board. This means all communication with me is considered confidential, except for the following situations: I suspect that child abuse has occurred, my client has expressed a plan to harm themselves or someone else, or I receive a court order to release my records. I do occasionally consult with other professionals. This is a common practice among mental health professionals, and it is always done in a manner that respects confidentiality.

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