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.

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Pet Therapist, Canine Good Citizen 

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I did then what I knew to do.
Now that I know better, I do better. 
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