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LCSW Valerie Smith

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Valerie Smith is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

More about me

Licensing: LCSW
Years in Practice: 23
State: VA

I have practiced as a clinical social worker for over 20 years in public, general hospital, psychiatric hospital and private settings treating all ages, genders and races. I have training in PTSD, critical incidence debriefing therapy, childhood trauma, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment. My approach is more conversational then interrogational. Most people come to me with relational, self-image or work issues, depression or anxiety and we work through ideas to overcome these dilemmas.

Married late in life and with a child in college I now come to the office with a wealth of lifetime experiences. From fast food restaurants to general district courts to law firms to corporate to not-for-profit agencies, I have encountered all types of work situations and peoples. I actually draw from many of these experiences to validate, give wisdom and help others in similar places.

Many of us today lack the family or community support to deal with day to day issues. That’s why I’m here – to make suggestions for practical solutions, to make connections to childhood belief systems – and change them if beneficial, to provide reassurance and to give comfort. You don’t need to do it alone. Try at least one session and see if you don’t feel better!

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Stress Anxiety Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Grief Depression Addictions LGBT Family conflicts Intimacy-related issues Eating disorders Parenting issues Anger management Self esteem Career difficulties Bipolar disorder Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue
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Feb 21, 2023


Valerie was very knowledgeable regarding my issues that I was experiencing . She also gave me referrals to programs to address my concerns. Valerie was a pleasure. I high recommend her services. Former Client

K.Y.·Mar 30, 2022


She is so lovely and knowledgeable! She listens so well and gives me such helpful feedback. I appreciate her so much!

M.I.·Jan 05, 2022


Takes the time to truly listen and address concerns, even offering additional resources such as helpful literature, etc. Very accommodating schedule-wise.

Q.I.·Dec 10, 2021


Valerie is seriously great! She has understood me and my situation, has been able to read between what I say and what is really going on.

J.E.·Nov 09, 2021


Valerie listened and provided validation and support. She is easy to relate to and offered helpful comments. I felt much better after speaking with her. Her faith-based perspective was reassuring.

S.U.·Aug 28, 2021


I’m so grateful to have had Valerie Smith as my counselor.

C.A.·Jun 07, 2021


Valerie is very personable and makes difficult conversations feel lighter. Her response time is always beyond expectations, and she provides actionable tips and helpful “homework” which are greatly appreciated. I feel that Valerie takes the time to validate and explore emotions and reflections as they naturally arise; she has never left me feeling unheard nor rushed on to the next topic too quickly. Highly recommended!

M.E.·May 17, 2021


Valerie Smith offers counseling online via BetterHelp

  • Affordable: Pay a low flat fee.
  • Convenient: Do it at your own time and at your own pace. Communicate whenever you feel it's needed.
  • Available now: There is no waiting list and no calls to make. Simply fill out a short questionnaire, get matched to a therapist within 24-48 hours, and send your first message.