Valerie Juergens, LMHC, RPT
Preferred Name: Valerie
I am honored to work alongside children and families to help them thrive. As a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) I believe it is through safe, nurturing relationships that children are free to express themselves through their natural language of play. With compassion and understanding, I use both a child-centered and directive approach, while encouraging outside support systems essential to this work. Synergetic Play Therapy has been called by some the 'best friend of EMDR with special care around nervous system regulation and neurobiology. My previous life as a certified teacher including special interest in drama, learning styles and special education richly inform my work. My hope is to offer a therapeutic relational space of safety and trust, where together areas can be explored that seem to interfere with the life meant to be experienced. All of us have experienced trauma (lower case or capital T) that can deeply impact the lens through which we view each other, ourselvelves, and God. Through relationship and powerfully effective trauma modalities including EMDR and Life Span Integration, paralyzing beliefs are identified and transformed into empowering truth.
Education & Experience
Education: M.Ed.- Lesley University (2007) MACP The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (2015) Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Certified EMDR Practitioner Certified Teacher (Washington State) Special Intensives with Ana Gomez: -Child EMDR Specialist -EMDR through Sandtray -Child and Parent Attachment Specialist Previous Background: -8 years as a classroom teacher -5 years serving at risk youth in Northern Alaska Former Teaching Artist through Alaska Artists in Schools (Storytelling & Drama)
Professional & Volunteer Affiliations
-A Home Within -Former Board Member: WA Association for Play Therapy (WAAPT) -Association for Play Therapy (APT)
- Anger Management
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Somatic Issues
- Stress Management
- Traumatic Incident
- Adolescents (13-17)
- Children (4-12)
I am out of network but can provide documentation (called a Superbill) for clients to submit to their insurance for possible reimbursement.