Valerie  Sydnor

Valerie Sydnor


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Grand Lake Not Accepting In-person
Updated November 8, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Stress management
  • Women's issues
  • Financial stress

Professional statement

Valerie Sydnor, MSW, LCSW, AFC is a Social Worker/Therapist based out of Oakland. She works with Adults (18+). Many of Valerie’s clients come in to address life, work, financial stress, anxiety about life transitions. Valerie is particularly passionate about serving young professionals and any individual interested in self-exploration. She also have advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Financial Stress/Management, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, Depression, and Grief/Loss.

Valerie is trained in Motivational Intervieewing, Mindfulness, CBT, solution-focused techniques, in the philosophy that our thoughts, feelings, and bodies are connected. Addressing life stressors with this in mind, is vital to find one's footing and develop a sense of peace. In session, Valerie focuses on getting to know her clients, the values & belief systems that guide their lives, breathing exercises, grounding tools, reflections, mantras/affirmations, tracking emotions & reactions. This approach supports clients to experience a sense of relief and a shift in mindset, leaving themselves feeling empowered and able to manage their lives.

Valerie's style is warm, non-judgemental, compassionate, and open. When clients first start therapy, she spends time to get to understand his/her/their reason for engaging in therapy, gather some background information, and provide small tasks to start the change process.

Valerie received her MSW, LCSW from UC Berkeley and recently became a Certified Financial Counselor. She has worked at local hospital and clinic settings throughout the Bay Area. Outside of private practice, Valerie is a mother, animal lover, nature enthusiast, financial educator, and enjoys filling her passport with new adventures (when possible!). Currently, only providing tele-health.

Message to clients

I love working with individuals and supporting your empowerment over your life. Adulting is harder now, than ever before-the pace of our work places, mounting societal pressures, and information overload experienced daily, just to name a few. I want to support you in finding yourself again, empowering you to make and reach your personal, professional, relational, financial life's goals.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Financial stress - Processing through how financial stress impacts one’s life, including relationships, work life, and self-care practices; making a plan to mitigate financial stress and how to feel a sense of worth despite a tight budget


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Valerie Sydnor is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $170 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $170


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-4pm
  • Tue 8am-4pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 8am-4pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Closed

Grand Lake practice
490 Lake Park Avenue, Unit 10805, Oakland, California 94610
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

Just Breathe Consultation Services, Owner-Therapist, 2017 - Present
Kaiser Permanente-Oakland Medical Campus, Social Worker, 2015 - Present
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Social Worker, 2010 - 2015
Sutter Delta Medical Center, Social Worker, 2013 - 2015
Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital and Trauma Center, Oncall, 2010 - 2011

AFCPE, AFC, 2022
BBS, LCSW, 2016
UC Berkeley, Master of Social Work, 2010


California: 79388