Hi, my name is Valerie Doyle, I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the founder of Matters of the Heart Counseling Centers. I am focused on helping you overcome life’s toughest challenges so you can live and love to the fullest.
I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, DBT, Complex Trauma, Family Systems, John Gottman, expressive arts and Attachment based Theories. I am also a doctoral student working on my final project.
I am both a psychotherapist and a transformation coach. A quality that defines my practice is the ability to help people feel accepted and able to open up to share and explore what is in their heart and mind. It takes courage and strength to embrace healing, to create change, to experience deeper intimacy, to grow personally and spiritually.
I’ve been working with individuals, couples and groups since 2005 (16 years). I take my personal and professional growth very serious in order to help my clients have the best outcomes possible. Most people will say that I am very warm, genuine, serious about the work of healing and funny.
I must also add that there are risk and benefits in committing to the therapy process. We will discuss some unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness. There are tears and laughter in therapy. Psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it and often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience. I am very collaborative in my work with clients.
I can help guide you, but you must be willing to do the work. Depending on the goals we identify, I offer a strength based and integrative therapy approach that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches that are evidenced based to meet your needs.
In collaboration with you, we will work together to get to the root of your struggle, resolve any roadblocks and using proven principles and techniques to help you develop the skills to create both the life and relationships you desire. I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you and serving you and/or your family.