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About Valerie, CLC, RPC-C
Valerie holds a B.A in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, QC. and is a Certified Life Coach through the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling Psychology, an RPC-C member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA).
She is also formally trained as a Behavior Technician through The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®)
"The first thing that comes to mind when I think about my “approach” to counselling is inspiring and guiding change. I want to be your compass so that you can find your own way. It can be really hard for some folks to open up and I’d like to try and make that just a little bit easier if I can. If you feel like you’re talking to someone you can trust and who can perhaps give you some useful tools, then I’m halfway there.
I want you to feel like you’re the one driving the direction of therapy. I want you to feel like we’re working together as a team on the goals you want to achieve and what you’d like to work on. Meaningful client feedback is a major reason for positive change in treatment, less dropout rates and more sessions attended (Duncan, 2014). I’m merely the co-captain that can offer some tried and true therapy tools. Hopefully I can show you how much I value your opinion throughout our sessions. Your input and advice is going to guide me as far as what our next steps will look like. If it’s important to you then it’s important to me.
I do my best to practice thoughtfully, with an open mind and really listen so that I can become better at helping you. I try and learn from my mistakes, aim to do better the next time and hopefully, with enough practice, make improvements. This is what is known as “deliberate” practice (Tracey, Wampold, Lichtenberg, & Goodyear, 2014) and that is how I approach my practice: in a mindful and dedicated way.