Valerie Giannavola

(LCSW, LCAS)

About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical addiction specialist in the state of North Carolina. I hope that by sharing more about my professional background and treatment strategies that you can make an informed decision on whether I am the right fit.

I began providing therapy in 2009 with adolescents, families and adults. Most recently, I worked for five years with young adults in higher education settings. I have worked with clients with a variety concerns including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, poor self-image/esteem, difficulties with life transitions, trauma, substance use, and stress management.

My style is warm, open and non-judgmental. I use an approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) most often and supplement with tools in mindfulness and self-compassion. CBT helps you to identify unhelpful thinking styles and their impact. Through the use of specific techniques, my clients learn how to challenge unhelpful thinking styles and negative beliefs about themselves resulting in more effective responses to difficult situations, reduction and/or elimination of symptoms of depression and anxiety , a more positive self-image, and reduction in stress responses. I am trained in CBT for insomnia as well and many of my clients have benefited from this structured intervention.

Mindfulness and self-compassion are two great tools that I often teach to clients. My clients have consistently given excellent feedback on how all three of these methods positively impact their lives.

I look forward to learning more about what you brought you to Better Help and how I can help.

Credential verification can be done at: https://www.ncswboard.org/ (LCSW: C009917) & https://www.ncsappb.org/ (LCAS-2937)


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C009917 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Mar 23, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 3 months

Very prompt with communication and offering advice and alternate methods.

Written by R.O. on Mar 22, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

Her suggestions are good . She is helpful in getting you to help yourself, without telling you what to do.

Written by T.A. on Feb 24, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I’ve had tremendous progress in several months working with Valerie. What I’m learning I’ve been able to apply in all areas of my life. I feel less depressed and anxious. I feel much better able to manage my emotional health.

Written by A.C. on Feb 03, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I am a new patient of Valerie and so far, I feel like she is good at listening to me and asking the right questions to get me to make my own progress in addressing my problems. I don't like being told what to do, but rather guided towards reaching my own solutions. She is effective at getting me to go down healthier thought paths.

Written by D.A. on Jan 02, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and anger management

Listens and offers good perspectives

Written by W.O. on Jan 02, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders

Valerie has been very helpful, prompt, professional, and compassionate towards our short time of interaction. I have nothing but positive things to say about her!

Written by R.Y. on Jan 02, 2021 after counseling with Valerie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Valerie is extremely helpful, qualified and professional. Our sessions benefit me greatly and I look forward to our time together. Thank-you teen counseling and Valerie!

Written by K.A. on Dec 31, 2020 after counseling with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching

She’s a really nice person and actually helps me to see certain things in a different light.

Written by S.A. on Dec 30, 2020 after counseling with Valerie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and trauma and abuse

Easy to talk to and provides resources to help with mindfulness, very supportive and convenient

Written by S.A. on Dec 19, 2020 after counseling with Valerie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Valerie had been a great therapist for me so far, I struggle with anxiety and depression and her techniques/counseling have helped me a lot. She seems supportive and understanding, a lot more so than therapists I have had in the past. She gives me realistic solutions and coping strategies that I can incorporate into day to day life and makes herself available at times convenient for me.

Written by E.S. on Dec 18, 2020 after counseling with Valerie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She is very helpful and patient