From a competitive ice-skater who trained for the Olympics to a vested actress in Actors Equity Association, Valerie's unique life-path equips her to help others. "The strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire"--a saying that explains Valerie's awareness as a counselor how tough life in our competitive world can be. Valerie has her BA in Psychology from Hunter College, New York, New York and her MS in Psychology from Baruch College, New York, New York. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. A member of the Screen Actor's Guild, Valerie has lived and worked in the entertainment industry in New York City and Los Angeles while doing counseling work in a civilian capacity at various Southern California military bases. Valerie practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and uses a Solution Focused Approach to help her clients see results and heal as quickly as possible.