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.
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 Ollie. My interests include arts and crafts, walks in the desert, and trying new restaurants.
Call Today for Your Free 20 Minute Phone Consultation
If you live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Paradise Valley area and would like to make an appointment to talk with Valerie, call 602-992-4318.