Valerie holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Professional Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut. She approaches both life and the healing process holistically, recognizing the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. In a compassionate and collaborative manner, she embraces the uniqueness of each client -- taking into consideration each one's personality, strengths, and cultural background.
Her style of counseling involves creating a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where clients can achieve a deeper sense of self-understanding, and ultimately find the passion to face life with courage, wisdom, and joy.
Originally from the New England region of USA, Valerie has lived and worked around the world in various countries including the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and Indonesia. She brings extensive experience with people from a wide range of social backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and faiths. She particularly enjoys working with internationals and helping them recognize the incredible opportunity that living abroad can offer for personal growth and transformation.
Valerie has been living in Germany since 2002, where she shares her life with her Austrian husband and their two daughters.
"Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards."
~ Søren Kierkegaard
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Connecticut, USA
Licensed Practitioner of Psychotherapy (HpG) - Stuttgart, Germany
Psychotherapy Diploma in Existential Analysis (in progress) University of Salzburg, Austria / (GLE) Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, UK & Austria
M.A. Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) - Liberty University, USA
B.A. Psychology; minor in Sociology - Central Connecticut State University, USA
A.A. Human Services - Lasell University (formally College), Newton, MA, USA
EMDR - EMDR Institute (Completed Basic Training)
Attachment-focused EMDR for Healing Relational Trauma and Adults Abused in Childhood
Trauma Treatment Certification
Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator
Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP)
Foundations of Logotherapy - The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy
As an avid lifelong learner, Valerie enjoys keeping up with the most recent research in the field of psychology. She continually participates in seminars and other educational opportunities on a variety of topics. In keeping with her holistic approach, her most current passion involves the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and ancient spiritual practices -- particularly in relation to the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma.