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                          There are so many types of mental health professionals (psychologists, social workers,

                          marriage and family therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists) promoting and providing

                          many different therapeutic approaches, so why should you choose ME?  Good question!

                          This is who I am…

                                           * I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology.  A Ph.D. is a scientist-practitioner degree,

                             meaning that it is founded on the ideology that trained professional psychologists should be

                             knowledgeable in both research and clinical practice and are able to successfully integrate

                             science and practice.  Clinical Psychology is a psychological specialty area that provides

                             continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families;

                             consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and

                             research-based practice.  School Psychology is a specialty area focusing on learning and

                             behavior to help people of all ages to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.

                           * I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, which means I had to pass rigorous National and State

                             Examinations in order to be allowed to legally, ethically provide professional services

                             independently.  These services include assessing, diagnosing and intervening for the full range

                             of psychological issues and conditions.  Psychological Assessment is a process of testing that uses

                             a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior,

                             personality and capabilities (e.g., intellectual ability, memory, etc.). Psychologists are the

                             only mental health professionals that possess the training and license to both administer

                             and interpret psychological assessments.  

* I have 25+ years of diverse experience.  I have mindfully made it my life’s work to achieve

                            beyond the required knowledge, skills and abilities in order to provide services to people from

                            all walks of life.  I have deliberately chosen to serve traditionally under-served populations

                            including people at all socio-economic levels, incarcerated people, at-risk youth,

                            Native Americans on the reservation and military members.  I have served people with diverse

                            cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people from many different religious/spiritual traditions, and

                            from every sexual orientation – LGBT.  My clients have presented with the full range of human

                            challenges and problems, and the full range of formally diagnosed psychological disorders. 

                            I have worked in varied settings in addition to private practice including hospitals,

                            substance abuse rehab centers, schools, colleges & universities, community-based centers,

                            prisons, and military bases.  I have routinely intervened with everyday stresses as well as

                            serious crises.  I am prepared to confidently and competently handle your circumstances.

                                              * My psychotherapeutic orientation is EVIDENCE-BASED, meaning that it has been

                            proven to work effectively after being subjected to rigorous research.  I am

                            thoroughly trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based CBT,

                            Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, Strength-Based/

                            Solution-Focused Interventions, Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies.

                            * Perhaps most importantly, I genuinely LOVE being of service to others.  It is my PASSION 

                            to facilitate the growth and healing process; to empower, inspire and motivate my clients. 

                            I am warm, funny, engaging and comfortable navigating with you on whatever emotional

                            journey you find yourself experiencing - without either one of us getting lost! :-)

                  Clients who choose to work with me are ready and motivated to make positive changes in their lives. 

                  They understand that the quality of service provided is most important factor – not cost or convenience –

                  because they want results.  They believe they can change, and I believe that I can facilitate the

                  changes they desire. 

                  Clients who choose to work with me appreciate…

                   - my education.
                   - my expertise and life experience.
                   - that change is a process.
                   - that we are in a collaborative relationship.

                            Clients who choose to work with me value…
                  - personal responsibility and accountability.
                  - professional office space.
                  - self-exploration.
                  - excellent clinical services.
                  - technology and uses it regularly.

                Clients who choose to work with me understand…
                  - the importance of their past experiences on their present issues.
                  - that they are responsible for their own growth.
                  - my professional boundaries and office policies.
                  - that I won’t give them answers, but I will guide them in the process.

                          Clients who choose to work with me agree to…
                 - pay my full fee at the beginning of every session.
                 - arrive on time to sessions.
                 - attend therapy on a regular basis.
                 - emotionally invest in the therapy process.


           If the only prayer you say in your entire life is 'thank you,' that will be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart

           People were created to be loved, things were created to be used.

        The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.

​​​Finding Your Way

Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Ordained Interfaith Minister

1+ (239) 223 - 1563