Find Your Tribe
Individual Counseling & RO DBT Skills Classes
*** I am not currently accepting new clients. Please email or call to join the RO DBT waitlist. I am on maternity leave till July and providing only telehealth services.
Valerie Akins, LCSW, LCDC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
I offer individual and group counseling services for adults ages 18 and up. I primarily work with disorders of emotional overcontrol, such as chronic anxiety, depression, social phobias, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, anorexia, and perfectionism. I lead skills & education classes (groups) to provide guidance of social connection and coping skills.
Additionally, as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, I work with substance use disorders. Disorders of Overcontrol often have a component of maladaptive coping with substance use or disordered eating.
I also work mood disorders and psychotic disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia spectrum.
My approach incorporates RO DBT (Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I incorporate other treatment approaches such as CBT and DBT as needed for each individual.
I have worked all levels of care, from Inpatient Psychiatric & Detox, Residential Eating Disorder treatment, PHP/IOP and outpatient. My goal is to provide genuine compassionate care and openness for my clients.