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Individual Counseling & RO DBT Skills Classes

*** I am not currently accepting new clients. Please email or call to join the RO DBT waitlist. All services are telehealth only. 

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.


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