My first career (18 years) was in the life insurance business; however, my passion has always been healing. For years, I volunteered as a Certified First Responder for an Ambulance Corp. and at New York Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room in NYC. I graduated from the IM School of Healing Arts in 2000 and followed up with two years of supervision.
After 9/11, I moved out of New York City and changed careers. I trained and became licensed and certified in a variety of healing modalities, including craniosacral therapy. I started my practice offering healing touch and craniosacral therapy sessions. I attended Fordham University and earned a Master's in Social Work. I worked at Silver Hill Hospital (a psychiatric hospital), NY Presbyterian Hospital (in a psychiatric unit) and My Second Home (an adult daycare facility for older adults). After years of working in traditional mental health settings, I quickly recognized that there was a good percentage of patients who needed an integrative approach. Many needed relational treatment to repair relational issues. With Silver Hill's support, I designed, implemented and managed their Wellness Center, where body-based therapeutic services were offered.
Somatic Experiencing shifted my focus and my private practice. Today, I have a better understanding of how the heart, body, nervous system and spirit heal as one.
Healing from trauma, be it big or small, is possible and together we work to “re-awaken” the body's natural and inherent ability to heal.
Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (CT License #3488), Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) & certified in Somatic Experiencing touch work; Nationally Certified and licensed in Massage and Bodywork (LMT) (CT License #3543); Certified Craniosacral therapist (CST); Licensed Masters in Social Work (LMSW) (NY License #076243); Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Ordained Minister (non-denominational) (OD).
Valerie is an active Member of ACA, AMTA and NCBTMB.
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