Dr. Valerie Ward is a bilingual (Spanish-speaking) clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Virginia. She views the therapeutic process as a collaborative effort, and strives to provide clients a safe space in which to explore their feelings. Dr. Ward believes in tailoring treatment to each person’s needs, and describes herself as an integrative clinician.
Dr. Ward works from a cognitive-behavioral and object-relations framework, working through a multicultural lens. She believes in the power of humor in therapy and is also comfortable in challenging clients throughout the therapeutic process. Additionally, she incorporates more solution-focused approaches, mindfulness, emotional regulation training, motivational interviewing, and behavioral activation techniques in her work.
Dr. Ward has extensive experience working with active duty service members and veterans, and is well versed in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure therapy for combat-related trauma.
Dr. Ward works with individuals aged 18 and older, and has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, self-growth concerns, life transitions, interpersonal relationship problems, grief, trauma, deployment related-stress and other emotional and behavioral concerns. She is a proud ally to the LGBTQ community.
Dr. Ward received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and her master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Ward completed an APA accredited internship at George Mason University’s on-campus counseling center, where she subsequently worked as a full-time staff psychologist. She has trained and worked in a wide variety of other settings as well, including veteran and military hospitals, within integrated care teams in civilian hospitals, inpatient psychiatric wards, public schools, and private practices.
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