One of Valerie’s greatest strengths is her ability to connect with clients, understanding their perspective, to create a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. In this warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere, Valerie works with clients to develop a toolbox of strategies to support them toward their goals.
Valerie has taught mindfulness since 2004 which remains a cornerstone of her practice. She uses mindfulness to increase awareness, acceptance and self-compassion, and to support mental health when shown to be effective. She also draws on dialectic behaviour therapy, emotionally-focused therapy and interpersonal therapies. Valerie currently works in the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (Mindability) program providing cognitive behavioural therapy to people dealing with anxiety, depression, panic, avoidance, obsessive-compulsive disorder and trauma. She works with individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults and families. She values diversity, including working with people across the gender spectrum.
Valerie holds a Master’s Degree in psychology (neuroscience), in which she studied the effects of mindfulness on health and well-being. She also holds a Master’s Degree in social work. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.