Valerie Grijalva, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Do you feel a constant weight from your roles and responsibilities in life? It is exhausting to keep your head up and smiling when you feel like you just can't? Do you feel worried at the thought of people getting to know the "real" you?
When you struggle with unsettling feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt, and sadness, it can be challenging to function in your everyday life, especially when you know you haven’t always felt this way. The unexpected value in all of this is that you do not have to wrestle with these feelings alone.
As a therapist, I honor the steps it takes to be truly open and honest with yourself and your experiences. In partnering with you on your therapeutic journey, I provide a non-judgmental and supportive space for you to explore and process the issues and areas in your life you would like to see change in. Coming to therapy may be challenging, but it can also be an impactful step in gaining insight that promotes meaningful change in your life.
I help young adults wrestling with life transitions, anxiety, and low self-esteem. I support working professionals who struggle with stress, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and burnout. I provide a space for women to explore their worries, build their confidence, and improve the quality of their relationships.
I also help children struggling with behavioral issues and peer relationships. It is important that children learn about their emotions and how to navigate them in life. We also provide a parent support group to better help parents understand their children and gain insight to their behaviors.
While I use techniques from different therapeutic modalities to meet the unique needs of each client, I tend to take both a whole-person and attachment-based approach to help clients understand the root of their issues and how they play out in their present experiences.
My hope for each client is to help them find the gift of freedom that releases them the guilt and shame that disconnects them from themselves and others, and leads them to a more meaningful, authentic, and fulfilling life.