Education: BA, BSW, MSW
Affiliations: OASW, AFCC, OCLN, OAFM
Valerie is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers www.ocswssw.org. Valerie is an accredited parenting mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. She has a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba, and a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University. She is a registered member with the Ontario Association of Social Workers www.oasw.org, the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts www.afccnet.org, the Ottawa Collaborative Law Network and the Ontario Association of Family Mediators.
Valerie is fluent and provides services in both English and French.
Valerie has been in private practice since 2006. She has worked as a psychotherapist at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Medicine, Youville Centre (a Section 23 school for adolescent mothers), and for the Department of National Defense with military members and their families. Previous work also includes adult and children’s hospitals in Manitoba and Ontario, and the Children’s Aid Society.
Currently, Valerie provides the following services:
- Neutral Family Relationship Specialist – Valerie has been a member of Collaborative Practice Ottawa since 2009 to assist families through the challenges of separation.
- Custody and Access Assessments – Valerie is an experienced assessor and has been conducting assessments since 2006. She prides herself on being thorough, as well as keeping the children’s interests forefront.
- Parenting Mediation – Valerie is an accredited parenting mediator and assists families in creating parenting plans that work for the parents and the children.
- Mental Health Educator – Valerie provided mental health education to members of the military between 2009-2013. Since 2014 she has been working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide mental health education to other uniformed services, first responders and the general public across Canada.
Valerie’s experiences working with children, assessing high conflict families after separation, creating parenting plans, and as a psychotherapist all combine when working with families in the collaborative process to ensure that individuals and families come through the separation process in the healthiest manner possible.