Valerie Thompson, Therapist in Birmingham, Alabama — Zencare
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Valerie Thompson

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Alabama Accepting Online
Highland Avenue Historic District Accepting In-person
Updated July 7, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Parenting
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management
  • Trauma
  • Self-care

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

First, proud for you for reaching out. Life is challenging and sometimes we all need help and guidance. Realizing you have this need is a big step, as is reaching out for help. It is brave. Give yourself credit for this work. You deserve it.

I honor you as a unique individual with your own story, challenges, gifts and feelings. My approach is tailored to your needs. I believe you come to therapy with all you need to heal. My job is to help you navigate your thoughts and feelings to tell your story and identify the patterns that don't serve you as well as the ones that do. We use the latter to develop tools to address the former. Together, we set goals to help you live a better quality of life in a meaningful, authentic way.

All this is done in a safe, judgement free environment. You are deserving of dignity, validation, and care. I respect and value you just as you are. Welcome.


Specialties

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

Valerie Thompson 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: $125 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $125

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Alabama)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-6
  • Tue 9-6
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 9-6
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat no weekend hours
  • Sun no weekend hours

Highland Avenue Historic District practice
2208 University Blvd, Suite 102, Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-6
  • Tue 9-6
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 9-6
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat no weekend hours
  • Sun no weekend hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 25 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


Licensure

Alabama: 2292


Languages

English