About Valerie McGuinness, LCSW
Valerie McGuinness is a fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker and yoga teacher specializing in individual therapy for the treatment of anxiety, depression, caregiver stress, and trauma in Athens, Georgia.
Providing individual counseling, workshops, and private yoga classes.
Treatment specialization includes:
Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Work and Career issues
Stress Management Techniques
Coping with Psychotic Disorders and Bipolar Disorder
Caregiver Support Services
Coping with Pain and Chronic Illness
In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, Valerie offers a relaxed, yet professional, compassionate understanding to support individuals in exploring their inner thoughts to attain the personal growth and healing they’re striving towards. Work focused on adults and clients age 13 and up.
Valerie is a interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. By integrating complementary techniques of yoga and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, Valerie offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, we work together to help build on strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of counseling which examines the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By challenging negative or distorted thoughts about yourself, your past, and the world, you can begin to alter your feelings and behaviors. Yoga is an ancient path to inner peace and calmness through life's challenges. In therapy we work together to identify patterns and perceptions which could be holding you back from experiencing more fulfilling relationships, and a meaningful life that you love. By combining these frameworks, you can develop the skills and self knowledge needed to transform yourself into an empowered healthy being. You can re-connect with your true self, the person you are without the world, trauma, and unhealthy patterns clouding your inner light.
Graduated from University of Georgia School of Social Work 2012, MSW
Graduated from University of Georgia 2006, BSED in Therapeutic Recreation
Completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Athens Yoga Institute in 2016
Georgia State License #CSW005626
Completed online and in person Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy trainings through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Valerie McGuinness, LCSW