Valerie JuergensM. Ed, MA, LMHC
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
My hope is to offer a safe therapeutic relational space, where together we can gently explore those areas deserving of care. All have experienced trauma (lower case or capital T) that can impact the lens through which we view each other, ourselves, and God. Through relationship and powerfully effective trauma modalities including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Life Span Integration, paralyzing beliefs are identified and transformed into empowering truth.
I am honored to also work alongside children and families to help them thrive. Through a safe, nurturing relationship, children are free to express themselves through their natural language of play. With compassion and understanding, I use both a child centered and directive approach, while encouraging outside support systems essential to this work. My previous life as a classroom teacher including special interest in drama, learning styles and special education richly inform my work. My identity as a child of God greatly impacts my every day.
Training and Professional Background
During my eight years as a state certified classroom teacher, I pursued training in special education to better serve individual needs which included the mentorship of learning styles specialist Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. Following my Master’s in Education from Lesley University, I served Alaska Artists in Schools offering teacher and student workshops to bring subjects to life through performing arts.
I’ll always be grateful for the three years I served a federally funded nonprofit speaking, partnering with, and connecting Alaskan communities to empowering resources for at-risk youth. This included co-designing and piloting a peer mentoring program with the Alaska Military Youth Academy.
In 2015, I completed a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and did my clinical internship with Sound Mental Health- Children and Family Services. I have since served with Amen Clinics and in private practice.
School: The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (2015)
License No. and State: MC60587830 Washington
Types of Therapy
- Christian Counseling
- Life Span Integration
- Play Therapy
Client Age Focus
- Children (4 to 10)
- Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
- Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
- Elders (65+)
The average cost (per session): $130
Sliding Scale: On a limited basis
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out of Network – soon: Premera and Tricare