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Valerie Ward(She/Her/Hers)

(She/Her/Hers)
Psychologist, PsyD
GeorgiaAlabamaArizonaArkansasColorado
Anxiety - Life transitions-Race & cultural identity- Relationship issues- Stress management-Women's issues-

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Professional statement

Dr. Valerie Ward is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Psychologist in McLean, VA providing teletherapy services to clients throughout the 31 states that are a part of the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). Clients often seek out Dr. Ward’s services to learn to develop healthier boundaries, improve communication with the people in their lives, or manage stressful life situations. She also has expertise in working with clients on topics related to anxiety, race & cultural identity concerns, and infertility-related challenges.

Dr. Ward is passionate about creating an inclusive therapeutic environment, particularly for individuals who have not sought out therapy in the past due to stigma, cultural barriers, chronic illness, physical disability, or work/life-related time constraints. She utilizes a client-centered and solution-focused approach, meaning her goal is to meet each client where they are at and help them develop strategies that lead to meaningful changes within their life. Dr. Ward also practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), two evidence-based therapy modalities that help clients develop skills to better manage their emotions.

Dr. Ward received her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. As part of her training and working experience thus far, Dr. Ward has worked across a variety of settings, including veteran and military hospitals, inpatient psychiatric wards, public schools, and private practice.


Message to clients

Clients who work with me learn to understand their emotional triggers better, work to overcome life’s setbacks, manage stress more productively, communicate with others more effectively, and set healthy boundaries.

My process begins with getting to know you, beyond what brought you into therapy. I seek to understand what your goals are for this journey, and we together discuss how I can support you in working on what can be changed, and learning to cope with people and situations that we cannot change.

I am passionate about making space for clients to safely share and explore all areas of identity without fear of judgement or invalidation. I am aware of my own areas of privilege and oppression, and actively work with clients who wish to explore this for themselves, as well as consider all of their intersecting identities.


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 16 years

Counseling and Psychological Services - George Mason University, Clinician / Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Woodbridge Psychological Services, PC , Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Intentionally Forward Psychological Services, PLLC, CEO, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology , 2016
Webster University, Masters in Mental Health Counseling, 2008
James Madison University , Bachelors in Psychology, Minor in Family Studies and Sociology , 2005

Licensure

Virginia: 0810005668 - Alabama: 6499 - Arizona: 6499 - Arkansas: 6499 - Colorado: 6499 - Connecticut: 6499 - Delaware: 6499 - Washington DC: 6499 - Georgia: 6499 - Idaho: 6499 - Illinois: 6499 - Indiana: 6499 - Kansas: 6499 - Kentucky: 6499 - Maine: 6499 - Maryland: 6499 - Michigan: 6499 - Minnesota: 6499 - Missouri: 6499 - Nebraska: 6499 - Nevada: 6499 - New Hampshire: 6499 - New Jersey: 6499 - North Carolina: 6499 - Ohio: 6499 - Oklahoma: 6499 - Pennsylvania: 6499 - Tennessee: 6499 - Texas: 6499 - Utah: 6499 - Washington: 6499 - West Virginia: 6499 - Wisconsin: 6499 - Wyoming: 6499 - South Carolina: 6499

Languages

English, Spanish

Specialties

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

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

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

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




Clientele

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

Locations & Hours

Exciting news! I will be able to accept South Carolina clients starting on 6/16/2023, Florida and Rhode Island clients starting on 7/1/2023, and North Dakota clients starting on 8/1/2023.


Insurance

Valerie Ward 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:$200 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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