Valerie is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor who has been in clinical practice for close to 20-years and involved in the addiction community for more than 30-years. Valerie values an integrative practice which treats the whole person and while she utilizes evidence-based treatment, she is ever mindful of the individual uniqueness inherent to every client. Her individualized approach offers effective treatment interventions which is focused and draws upon client strengths, seeks to enhance motivation, is collaborative and develops utilizing increasing competency and confidence in an individual’s ability to meet objectives. Areas of specialization are addiction, eating problems, co-occurring disorders, depression and anxiety. Frameworks which are employed based upon individual circumstances are psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioral in an individual or group setting.
In addition to clinical practice, Valerie is faculty at Seton Hall University’s Master of Social Work Program where she is grounded in the addiction concentration and experiential learning. Prior to Seton Hall, Valerie was at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, and before that at University of Southern California’s GSS. Valerie has held senior positions with local community mental health agencies and SUD treatment centers. Recognized as an expert in her field, she has had her work published in professional publications, served as keynote speaker at national conference on bariatrics and has appeared as a guest expert on local television and radio talk shows. Valerie completed her studies at Fordham University and continues to serve there as an Adjunct Professor.