About Me

A bit about Val (she/her)

Education: I earned my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. My studies were influenced by theories of social justice, attachment, and existentialism.

Life lessons: I'm a human, too! My ACES score is 5, I am a cancer survivor, and I come from a long line of white settlers who claimed Turtle Island as their own.  While accepting the past, I honor an ongoing intention to acknowledge my strength and to practice self-compassion. To do this work, I have to do the work. 

Additionally, mental health counseling is my second career; I worked for 15 years in tech and tech publishing, until I experienced severe burnout.

On the side: I dabble in philosophy and herbalism and am easily distracted by anything magical or witchy.  I love to garden, read, travel, paint, and laugh. Occasionally I will read a book along with a client and discuss the content as it pertains to the client's therapy. 

If you see me via telehealth, you will likely get to know my cats, who occasionally make themselves known during a session. 


Thumbs (RIP July 2024)

Sylvie Loretta