Valerie received her BS in Occupational Therapy in 1986 from the Univ. of Buffalo, NY. She worked for 8 years providing rehabilitation services to clients suffering from neurological injuries at places like the Rusk Rehabilitation Center and NY Hospital. She received her MA in Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of South Florida in May 2016. During her graduate studies, she did her practicum and internship at TBC for CBT and is now a Registered Intern under the supervision of Nancy and Jeanne Peterson, Psy.D. She has been involved in many professional trainings including: Emotionally Focused Couples therapy and the Gottman Couples Therapy Trainings , Levels 1 and 2. She has been trained in DBT and other evidenced-based treatments at TBC for CBT and is an active member of Practice Ground DBT learning community. Valerie is the proud mother of Three young adults. She enjoys traveling on hiking trips with her husband of Twenty Five Years.