Valerie is a registered member of the Lenape Nation, Turtle Clan in Moravian of the Thames. Her matrilineal line is Mohawk Turtle Clan with Six Nations of the Grand River.
Valerie believes a compassionate and caring individual who believes a trusting relationship and a strong rapport is vital so clients can address trauma and achieve personal growth. Valerie is an active listener and provides a comfortable environment to ensure the client feels safe to tell their story.
Valerie is a Registered Social Worker who achieved an MSW, BSW, and two Honours BA in Child Social Institutions and Sociology from Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario) in London, Ontario.
Valerie has experience working with children as young as four, youth who live at home or in residential treatment, adults both male and female, couples, and families. She has addressed Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences, stress, anxiety, and substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol.
Valerie has experience with Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Focused Intention Techniques, and studied a variety of other therapeutic approaches, including Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Solution Focused Technique.
Valerie spends the first session with the clients to explore current and historical trauma, safety plans, and available supports between sessions. Valerie and the client then develop a plan with the client on issues the client wishes to address.
As an Indigenous therapist, Valerie often uses the Medicine Wheel to address areas of concern and support.