About
Virginia Valerio

THE PURPOSE OF COUNSELING

Your wellbeing is my purpose

I am a Harvard-trained Counseling professional with experience working in clinical settings, and school-based therapeutic settings in the USA. I have over 10 years of experience working in mental health. I specialize in working with teens, young adults, parents, and families. I provide Individual Counseling, Family Counseling, and Parent Coaching; in-person (based in Zurich, Switzerland) and virtual teletherapy using HIPPA and GDPR-compliant platforms to protect your privacy and information.

I bring to each of my clients a degree of nerd-like passion for my field, rigorous professional training, and multi-disciplinary knowledge from different fields related to mental health. In viewing every client from a whole person perspective, I seek to provide a holistic approach to counseling.

My counseling style is gentle, supportive, and warm, using a trauma-informed lens. I listen with an attentive ear to make you feel seen and heard. I am committed to providing you with an emotionally safe enough space for you to express yourself and BE yourself.

Together we can overcome anything.

My journey toward counseling

My path to Counseling was far from linear but exactly what it needed to be to open my eyes to the interconnectedness of the world we live in.

It began in college at Syracuse University, in upstate New York, where I obtained my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010. I came away understanding that “we are what we eat” but I couldn’t help but to notice how my clients struggled with sustaining behavioral changes that would lead them to live healthier lives- despite their deepest desires to make those changes. “Something keeps getting in the way,” I kept thinking to myself. The impediment was in the psyche. It dawned on me that I couldn’t effectively counsel people on their nutritional needs without first bringing to light the psychosocial factors that shaped their development and consequently subconscious emotions, feelings and thoughts housed which kept them stuck in unhealthy habits. It became clear that I needed to learn how to counsel the mind.

Following that call, I received my Counseling degree from Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014. At Harvard, I completed my clinical internship at the renowned Boston Arts Academy under the supervision of Dr. Charmain Jackman, who is a Harvard-trained Psychologist and Founder of InnoPsych, Inc.

Upon graduating, I worked as a Bilingual Clinician providing individual and family counseling for the Safe at Home program at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, Massachusetts. Shortly after, I transitioned from this role to my hometown of New York City to lead the Counseling Department at Cristo Rey NY High School, an independent high school in East Harlem where I offered my counseling and mental health expertise for nearly a decade.

Having worked almost exclusively with trauma from early on in my professional career, I’ve sought professional learning in the mind-body connection and somatic healing as the relationship between the physical body and emotional body became undeniable to me. In 2018, I completed my 200- hour Yoga Teacher Training in Barcelona, Spain as well as an additional mentorship of 100-hour at Pure Yoga NYC in New York City under the guidance of Erica Mather, Forrest Yoga Guardian. As I understood more about the power of somatic healing in my own journey with these trainings, I dove deeper into the spiritual side of healing trauma – once again evolving my paradigm by sharpening the holistic understanding of my work. I remained open to the wonders of Human Design, TCM, Ayurveda, meditation, and indigenous healing modalities, just to name a few. In 2021 my curiosity brought me to complete the first level of the Arcturian Multidimensional Healing System to aid my understanding of energy and multidimensional work.

I invest in my professional and personal development as I believe both are equally necessary to help guide others in their own development.

Education & professional accolades

  • Bachelor of Science, Syracuse University
  • Masters in Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Massachusetts School Adjustment/Social Worker License
  • School Counselor Permanent Certification, New York State Department of Education
  • Continuing Education Credits in Psychological Assessment, Fordham Graduate School of Education
  • Registered Yoga Teacher- RYT 200, Yoga Alliance
  • Certificate of Completion- 100 Hour Yoga Mentorship, Pure Yoga NYC
  • Specialist Title: Counsellor SGFB, Swiss Association for Counselling (SGfB)
  • Level 1 Certificate of Completion, Arcturian Multidimensional Healing System
  • Certification in Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, The Embody Lab, Fall 2023

COMPLIANCE: HIPPA & GDPR

Your personal data is secure

To protect your personal health information, data protection, and privacy, I comply with the HIPPA Security Rule and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR
The personal data collected on this webpage is limited to your contact information such as your name, address or email address when consented to and does not reveal information regarding my relationship with you nor any of your personal health information.

HIPPA
In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), your personal information will remain confidentially stored and secured to protect your mental health care privacy. No information will be disclosed or disseminated without your prior written approval and consent.

Schedule your first consultation

I understand how challenging it can feel to ask for support. Deciding on a Counselor or Therapist is not an easy choice for everyone. For this reason, I offer a complimentary 25-minute initial phone call. This way, prospective clients have a chance to get to know more about me and my counseling approach in order to decide on whether we are a good fit for this transformative work. Schedule your free consultation.

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