Hi, my name is Valarese. (It is pronounced Val-uh-Reese). Do you have an adolescent struggling with anxiety, mood, attention, stress, and/or a behavioral disorder? I help adolescents identify triggers that cause them distress at school, home, and/or in the community. Once identified, I work closely with them to develop effective coping skills and utilize them in real-life scenarios. My years of experience working in the school system as a counselor has given me the tools to aid and understand what adolescents are facing daily. Being an adolescent in this current day and age is much more difficult than it used to be. With that said, many adolescents lack the necessary coping and emotional regulation skills that are needed to enhance long-term well-being, improve educational performance, and have positive peer and family relationships. Let’s work together to ensure that your adolescent is set up for success!!
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
I take the time to build a positive rapport with the clients I serve. This process is very important in building a therapeutic relationship. I do this by engaging my clients in conversations about their interests, likes, and dislikes. I like to incorporate a client’s interests into their treatment, so they know they are an active participant during the treatment process.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
The treatment methods I utilize vary based on the individual needs of the client. I have a lot of experience using CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), solution focused techniques, person-centered therapy, and a plethora of other supportive methods. I also provide psychoeducation to the client and family. Psychoeducation is important because it involves learning and understanding mental health and wellbeing.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My biggest strengths in working with clients include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, stress, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, low self-esteem, and navigating peer relationships.