Valerie Siegman, M.A.
Valerie Siegman, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
The quality of your relationships has a huge impact on your health and how you see yourself. You and your partner are locked in a cycle of conflict; experiencing and re experiencing the same painful pattern of distress.
A new sense of felt security is possible. The power of your emotional bond can harnessed to bring comfort and resilience to your relationship. Change takes courage, so thank yourself for reaching out and for taking this first step.
Whether you are seeking change as an individual or as a couple, I use evidence based practices to help heal and create lasting secure connections. In addition to my passion for couples work, for individuals who struggle with emotional and behavioral dysregulation, I offer Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT) and I lead a DBT group at TBCRP.
Allow me to use my skills and training, to help you to alleviate your distress and to create a life worth living. I will work alongside you and I will never take your trust for granted.
I am honored and excited to work with people who wish to improve their lives and deepen their emotional connections with loved ones. My approach to treatment for couples is empathic and responsive. By identifying the patterned cycles of behavior and responses in your relationships that keep you stuck, we can begin to create more connected and responsive emotional attachments. I utilize evidence-based approaches including: Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy , Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
In an earlier career, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo in New York. I worked as an Occupational Therapist at the RUSK Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City where I helped people with traumatic neurological injuries adapt to their disabilities and restore their abilities to perform their activities of daily living using adaptive technologies. In addition, I implemented the first Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation protocol for people with AIDS at the New York Hospital in 1989.
My Masters of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling was completed at the University of South Florida. While there, I received specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at the Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. There, I led multi- family groups and worked with teens, adults and families. My training focused on helping people develop the crucial capacity to regulate their emotions and prevent self-harming behaviors.
Received the DBT- Linehan Board of Certification in Jan, 2021