Valerie specializes in working with individuals, couples, teens, and youth who have experienced trauma. With couples she uses the Gottman Method and has completed their level 3 training. With adolescents/teens who have experienced trauma she uses Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), of which she is certified in.
Relationships can feel wonderful and fulfilling, and also stressful and overwhelming. The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman's research that began in the 1970's & continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John & Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes a "nuts-and-bolts" approach to improving a couples relationship and teaches specific tools to deepen friendships and intimacy. To productively manage conflicts, couples will be given methods to manage "resolvable problems" and will learn to dialogue about "gridlocked" (perpetual) issues. Each couple will work with Valerie to celebrate their relationship's strengths and will learn how to gently navigate its vulnerabilities together as a team. Gottman Couples Therapy is effective as an evidence-based therapy for many types of couples: heterosexual, gay, lesbian, etc. Visit Gottman.com to learn more about this treatment model.