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Counseling

It takes courage and conviction to decide to make changes in one’s life, and for almost 17 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to help people walk their unique path.  I take a compassionate approach to counseling by offering my clients a safe place to explore issues that have been hard to come to terms with.  If you are hesitant about seeking help you’ve come to the right place.  Let’s work together, hand in hand, to help you find your way.

Below are some of the counseling approaches and programs available to you and your family.

Therapy

Services are provided for individuals (adults, adolescents, and children), couples, and families.  Therapy sessions give you an opportunity to explore challenges in great detail as we work together to create a plan for positive change.

Therapy can be a significant investment of your financial resources. I approach counseling in a way that allows us to quickly identify and focus on areas in which obstacles block your path to emotional well being. I will help you identify how you have come to the obstacle, and how to remove it or move around it. The skills, resources, insight, self awareness, and confidence that you leave therapy with will be with you well beyond the counseling office. The benefits of investing in yourself, relationship, family… priceless. The cost of of not investing in yourself…?

Group Facilitation

I offer the most comprehensive array of therapy groups in Grand Rapids. Click here for a list of groups offered for adults, adolescents, and couples.

Presentations

I am an experienced and sought after speaker focusing on a wide range of mental health related topics.  If you would like me to speak for your organization, please contact me at valenciaa@adolescentfamilybhs.com.  Some of my most popular talks include: Managing Cutting and Other Self Injurious Behaviors, Couples Conflict Resolution, Financial Trauma.  Click here for a more comprehensive list of talks I have given, and to learn what others have had to say about the experience.

Areas of Expertise

  • Borderline Personality
  • Couples, Marriage, and Family
  • Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self Injurious Behaviors
  • Treatment of Adolescents

*Treatment is also provided for those experiencing depression and anxiety, plus a variety of childhood issues.

Specialty and Training

One of the most important elements of my practice is the overall commitment to quality, outcome oriented work.  I am uncompromising when it comes to ensuring the very best care possible.  As a result, I dedicate time and training to ensure I offer the very best treatment methods.  Click here to learn more about the the trainings.  These are tools, techniques, and programs that are proven to produce positive outcomes.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy(pursuing)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Filial Play Therapy
  • Gottman Relationship Therapist (pursuing)
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Play Therapy

* Insurance companies are billed for your convenience (simply verify your benefits and coverage with your insurance carrier).  In addition, cash, check, or major credit cards are accepted at the time of service.  To schedule click here.