Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Beaumont, California
Dear Soul: you are not broken, just pained from contending with this pilgrimage we call life! It’s hard, rugged, and filled with unexpected twists and turns. The good news? You don’t have to venture it alone. If you’re ready to tend to those wounds and change the course of your direction; advancing toward a journey filled with hope, courage, bravery, and healing, do not hesitate to reach out. Please allow me the honor of accompanying you on an exploration toward your truer, deeper, and more revitalized self.
Hi, I’m Valerie. Helping others has always been a passion of mine, or at least as far back as I can remember. And being curious too, I loved asking questions, I still do (sorry family)! I am always reminded that (as a young child) I couldn’t go anywhere without asking people about themselves (How long have you worked here? Do you have any kids? Do you have pets? What’s your favorite color? etc., you get my drift). Not only that, I have ALWAYS loved a good mystery… and puzzles, I still can’t get enough. Put all of that together and you have the ingredients that make up who I am: a counselor who is empathic, curious, patient, driven, and passionate about what I do and how I impact others.
I hold the therapeutic relationship with the utmost honor and respect; a valuable interaction where I am allowed the privilege of learning about you, how you see the world, the experiences that have brought you to where you are today, and the unique qualities that make you… YOU! I am not here to tell you what to do or how to live your life, you are your own boss. Instead, I am here to walk alongside you in your journey, explore what gets in your way and explore how to overcome these obstacles. I will help to challenge your negative thoughts/beliefs about yourself and examine how they are not serving you. Through curiosity, we will begin to sort out the puzzle pieces of life to create your big picture. In my presence you are seen, heard, validated, and challenged in a caring and compassionate way that facilitates growth and change. It may be difficult, and quite scary at times, but it's worth it.
In session, I will always meet you where you are and work with the “here and now.” I am always looking for opportunities to provide you with self-awareness, which fosters choice, leading to empowerment. I LOVE learning and I am always seeking ways to attain more knowledge and wisdom in order to grow as a clinician. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), which is a technique that gently guides clients to increase tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions in order to recognize and heal traumatic experiences.
If you’re ready to awaken the warrior within, or maybe you just want a safe space to work toward self-awareness, take the courageous step toward healing by scheduling a consultation. Your path has not reached a dead end; if you are breathing, thinking, feeling, doing; you are surviving! It’s time to change up the narrative, start taking the path less traveled, and thrive. Therein lies the adventure! I look forward to sharing space with you and learning your story. Thanks for reading.