Our Therapists

About Valerie Dawson, LCSW

Valerie is a compassionate client-centered therapist serving clients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area. With over 20 years’ experience as a master’s level therapist, she is experienced in helping individuals and couples to navigate life’s challenges and move forward towards achieving their goals.

Valerie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Vermont and her master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston College. She is independently licensed by the state of Arizona as an LCSW.

She has extensive experience working in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings as well as in a variety of medical settings. Valerie served as an Arizona State University field instructor for MSW students for several years.

She uses a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® (BWRT®), and sometimes Hypnotherapy to help clients achieve a new sense of well-being.

Valerie is very experienced in working with clients with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, trauma and grief. She is also highly skilled in treating addictive behaviors, including smoking, overeating, substance abuse, and other unwanted habits.

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Due to her advanced training in mind-body healing modalities, physicians work with Valerie collaboratively to help patients who have been struggling with medical challenges such as chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, and insomnia.

In her work with couples, Valerie helps clients to address communication, infidelity and intimacy issues. She teaches couples the important skills they need to communicate better, resolve conflicts, and restore trust and intimacy.

On a personal note:

After obtaining my master’s degree in the northeast I traveled to Arizona on vacation, fell in love with the sunshine and moved to the Valley of the Sun. I enjoy spending time with my husband, friends and furry companion Annie. My interests include arts and crafts, walks in the desert, and trying new restaurants.

If you live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Paradise Valley area and would like to make an appointment with Valerie, call 602-992-4318.


About Erin Spielman, LMSW

Erin is an enthusiastic and passionate therapist offering both in-person and telehealth options. Currently, she is offering flexible hours to accommodate work and school schedules. Some evening and weekend session times are available.   She has 25 years of experience helping clients and families successfully navigate life’s challenges. Erin is warm, open, encouraging, and direct. She combines her experience and education with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling.

Erin earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from ASU. She also earned her master’s in healthcare administration from Utica University. She is a licensed master’s social worker and certified case manager.

Erin’s many years of experience include working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Erin’s specialties include assisting clients to relieve symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, fear, and anger.

In addition, Erin is skilled in helping clients change unwanted patterns of behavior, including habits and addictions. Erin is a trauma informed therapist and holds a Trauma Treatment Certification and can assist clients in recovering from emotional wounds, including grief and loss.

Erin utilizes a variety of treatment methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Brainwave Recursive Therapy (BWRT) as well as Motivational, Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, Trauma-Focused, and Life Coaching modalities.

A personal note about Erin –

Erin has lived in the valley for over 40 years and has raised two wonderful children. She enjoys traveling and exploring our unique state, from finding unique artifacts in the desert to relaxing on the rivers and lakes.

Erin not only loves people, but she also loves animals. This includes dogs and cats, as well as rescued desert tortoises that she cares for in her backyard sanctuary. Being very creative, Erin also enjoys spending time on various artistic projects.

Erin has a burning passion to help people identify their higher goals and truly achieve them. She believes we do not need to settle for less than our heart’s desire. Erin would love to help you get there!



“I am so grateful to Erin Spielman for helping me get perspective on my life and manage my anxiety when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Erin helped me deal with my fear and sadness so I could be a support to my husband and tackle the challenges we were facing. It has been a hard journey and I know I was able to keep my own sanity through this experience because of the counseling I received.” ~ Elaine F

“Erin made me feel so comfortable talking about my trauma issues and I had never been to therapy my entire life. Now that I am retired, I can enjoy my time with friends and family, and I feel like I have a purpose again.” ~ Donna S

“I worked with Erin Spielman to help gain a clear focus on my career goals. I felt defeated and floating without any direction. I have found my focus and am working toward my goals confidently. I have received three promotions within the past two years. She helped me really believe in myself and my potential.” ~ Christopher M

“I have struggled with addiction for most of my life and have tried a lot of counseling and treatment to correct it. Erin Spielman was able to help figure out the root causes of my disease and I have learned to let go of things that were keeping me trapped. I feel like I have a new way of living life and I don’t feel the need to carry anger and resentment anymore.” ~ Aundrea S