Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist
Valerie is the owner and founder of Life Restoration Counselling Group.
Valerie attended Ryerson University where she received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a Minor in Psychology. Valerie is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Valerie has experience working for the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), LOFT (Leap of Faith Together), Durham Children’s Aid Society, York Region Children’s and more recently Peel Children’s Aid Society.
Valerie is experienced in a number of counselling modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Clinical Anxiety Treatment, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Forensic Interviewing and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, amongst others.
Valerie has over 9 years of experience working as a child protection worker and case manager, as well as many years of experience as an individual, couples and family counsellor. Through working at multiple social service agencies, Valerie has engaged with adults with severe mental health issues and addictions, families in crisis, couples facing divorce and separation, victims of abuse, youth involved in and at risk of prostitution, as well as facilitated family group conferences. Valerie encourages and supports individuals, couples and families to focus on their own strengths and utilizes a solution-focused approach in order to support positive change.