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Valerie Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, Al specializing in life transitions, relationship issues, work/life harmony, trauma, and parenting.
Valerie works with each client to first value and prioritize themselves. Self care is not how one steps out of their life to recharge, it is how one builds a life they don't have to escape from. Valerie works with each client to set goals and integrate nourishing practices into daily life. When clients are cared for and well, they have more resources to meet and overcome their challenges, care for others better, and experience more joy.
Valerie has a BS in psychology and an MS in counseling. She has 24 years of experience working in non profit agencies, women's shelters, in consulting capacities, and in private practice. She considers it an honor and privilege to bear witness to each client's unique story and hold space for them to heal and transform.
Valerie's office is conveniently located in the UAB area off of University Blvd. For those who cannot or prefer not to come into the office, she offers virtual appointments as well.
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
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Self-care - Learning what effective self-care looks like and incorporating these strategies into daily life; developing an awareness of wellbeing to identify when one needs to practice self-care
Years of Experience: 26 years
Self Employed on and off, Therapist, 2006 - Present
Various non profit agencies, Therapist, 1997 - 2013
University of Alabama at Birmingham, MA Counseling, 1997
George Washington University, BS Psychology, 1991