Valarie L. McKennaMA, LMHC
In Pacific Time
- Specializing in: Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic attacks & panic disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Spirituality & religion based issues
- Fee: $120 per video session
- 7 years of experience
For client with untreated trauma, something as simple as going to the store can seem impossible. When a person's nervous system is overwhelmed, every situation feels dangerous. Therefore, a client with post trauma stress or generalized anxiety will need to invest sufficient time in self care and implementing tools for calming the nervous system while challenging unhelpful thinking patterns.
Initially, a good treatment plan will focus on helping a client improve daily functioning by resolving the most debilitating symptoms that result from trauma, such as: panic, agoraphobia, excessive worry and fear, poor sleep, restlessness, anger, shame, and guilt. Since PTSD and generalized anxiety are mind/body disorders, I will teach you skills for calming the nervous system and evaluating and changing thought patterns that contribute to your distress.
I have discovered that people with childhood trauma often report low self esteem, chronic pain, personality/identity issues, relational and financial concerns, and unhealthy boundaries. Typically these issues will also be addressed during the course of trauma treatment.
Over the last 7 years, I have been helping people who are seeking relief from severe and persistent anxiety and depression. Typically, these conditions manifest from untreated trauma that continues to haunt clients despite their best efforts to "get over it".
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
CETA Certification (2020); Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (16 hrs, 2019); Annual NW Conference on BH and Addictive Disorders (18 hrs, 2018); Motivational Interviewing (6 hrs, 2018); COD & Treatment (12 hrs; 2018); Mind-Body Medicine (27.75 hrs, 2017); Clinical Resources for Rural Practice (5 hrs, 2017); CBT and Mindfulness (6 hrs, 2016); Critical Incident Stress Management for Individuals and Groups (27 hrs, 2012)
WA, LMHC, 60779128
Masters in Clinical Mental Health, Regent University
Remote Therapy, Carlton, 98814, WA