National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE)
About the Counselor:
Valeria D’amato is a Professional Counselor and mental health psychotherapist. She obtained a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Politica Science from a Universita’ Statale degli Studi di in Milano, Italy. However, she discovered that her passion was mostly in helping people and a deeper and more personal level. Therefore, she pursued a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCE). She has recently completed her training in Emotionally Couples Therapy (EFT). So, she can continue helping couples and marriages have more satisfying relationships. Most importantly, it is one of her main passions. She recently moved to Virginia with her family. And she is working towards her VA License under the supervision of Isabel Kirk, LPC
Valeria has worked in various clinical settings. She has extensive experience working with at-risk adolescents. She has been providing counseling, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention support to troubled youths aged 16 to 21 years old in individual and group settings. Her passion and expertise with the youth are around the issues of depression and anxiety during transitions and everyday life, behavioral problems, vocational and career development, disordered eating and addictions. Valeria is a bi-cultural therapist. She is fluent in English and Italian. Moreover, she is conversational in Spanish. So, she enjoys working with bicultural youth as well as their families. !
Counselor Style and Approach:
Change can be challenging and anxiety-producing. I am trained to work with individuals who experience difficulties adjusting to new circumstances. Having lived in different countries, along with experiencing different languages and cultures, I am extremely familiar with the struggles associated with the transition. I am specialized in working with individuals who desire a healthy lifestyle, as well as individuals who face difficulties such as loss, relationship issues, and stage-of-life changes.
My work is focused on identifying personal strengths and resilience because I believe that this is fundamental to overcoming setbacks, disappointments, and failures that occur at some point in our lives. So, my specialty includes issues related to adjustment disorder, postpartum depression and anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and substance abuse. My work also addresses issues related to parenting, relationship problems, self-esteem, and eating disorders. I work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. My approach is warm, non-judgmental, and supportive.