Practicing Since: 1991
Valerie is a skilled therapist with decades of experience, and a natural ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Mrs. Dawkins has significant experience with various treatment populations and a special talent for engaging youth in the therapeutic process.
Valerie works primarily from a family systems perspective – looking at patterns in relationships and how everyone in the family is being affected by the presenting issues. Having been trained in many psychotherapeutic models, however, her approach is tailored to the needs and goals of each client. She strongly believes that the primary vehicle of change in treatment is the therapeutic relationship. Valerie specializes in the treatment of adjustment issues, trauma and abuse, relationship difficulties, parenting, marital and personal issues.
Valerie received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from George Washington University. She is a wife and stepmother, and an accomplished vocalist.
Valerie is licensed in the state of Maryland #LC5263.