Valerie Gill, LISW

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Valerie Gill, LISW
Valerie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University.  Valerie works with teenagers, adults, couples and families.

Her specializations include: trauma (PTSD), sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, grief, LGBTQ, life transitions, and loss. She has extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR level I and II.

In addition to her work as an outpatient therapist, she has worked as a residential therapist in a children’s home, a medical social worker in a hospital setting, and a victim advocate for the court system, and in a domestic violence shelter.  She worked in both inner city and rural areas with people of diverse backgrounds.  She possesses 10 years of experience teaching college courses in social work and psychology. She has supervised students in their academic and field work, mentoring and teaching them practical social work and counseling skills. Her academic experience and dedication to life-long learning, allows her to research better ways to understand and help her clients using evidence-based interventions and best practices.

Because research shows that unhealthy relationships can cause both emotional and physical stress, whereas healthy relationships can enhance and improve overall well-being, she collaborates with her clients to empower them to develop positive relationships and strive for healthy life changes.  With a strengths-based approach, Valerie passionately assists others in improving their quality of life. Valerie leverages her breadth of academic, professional and life experiences to meet people where they are at with empathy and compassion.

Valerie has been married for 20 years and has a teenage son.  She enjoys time with her friends and family, traveling, gardening, bee keeping, biking, and skiing. She also volunteers in her community raising money for college scholarships to benefit local high school students.