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Valerie J. Elsbree, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.A.P.

Offering a Full Range of Psychological Services for Adults and Adolescents
Individual • Couples/Marital • Family • Group Therapy

Free Initial Consultation
(954) 579-3049

Welcome and congratulations on taking the first step to improving your life! My name is Valerie Elsbree and I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland Park, Florida. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and I am a Certified Addictions Professional. I have 20+ years of experience in the therapy field, providing counseling to adults and adolescents through individual, couples, family and group modalities. Our culturally diverse Counseling Center provides direct therapeutic services to all men, women and adolescents from all walks of life.

One of my goals during the therapy process is to provide a safe, trusting, confidential and nurturing environment so my clients feel comfortable exploring areas of their lives that may be causing them emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, or sexual pain or distress. This pain or distress may oftentimes block or prevent a person from reaching joy and the freedom to achieve their full potential.

I provide therapy for people struggling with various types of addictions, such as, alcohol, drugs, food, sex, codependency, gambling, etc. In addition, those experiencing challenges in their relationships with their partners/spouses, those experiencing depression, anxiety, domestic violence, eating disorders, grief/loss issues, past or current traumas, codependency in their relationships, and GLBT and related issues.

The process to begin therapy would start with calling to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation which is approximately 30 minutes in length. The initial consult is primarily designed to meet with one another to see if you feel comfortable with me and to identify whether or not the problems or issues that you present is within my area of expertise. If it is not, then I would give you a referral to a licensed clinician more suited to help you. If the issue you present is within my area of expertise then we would make an appointment for you to return for a full, in-depth counseling assessment. From the results of the in-depth assessment, recommendations would then be discussed with you as to the treatment plan appropriate to meet your needs and achieve the goals you set out to achieve during your counseling experience.

Again, congratulations for being proactive in improving your life, relationship, and/or family. I don’t believe we are able to get a feel for a person through a website, and choosing a therapist is a very personal and private endeavor, so please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone (954) 579-3049 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your private counseling experience. Thank you and I look forward to getting to know you.

Valerie J. Elsbree M.S.W, L.C.S.W., C.A.P.
is a past director of 320-bed agency for private practice. She has experience in a clinical settings and treatment centers working with people of all ages. She has written a grant that was approved to help prostitutes to become rehabilitated and provide therapies and medications, if necessary, to help them transform their lives and become productive members of society. She earned her M.S.W. from Florida International University, and her B.S. the Union Institute. Her extensive education includes the University of Miami, addictions training for the CAP certification, and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is a member of the Florida Certification Board, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, and the National Association of Social Work.  Her most recent book Eating Disorders:  a guide for children and families, is available for sale through most major booksellers.

Addicted Person - Contact us in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for psychological services including counseling for families, gays and lesbians, addiction, and couples therapy.

Call us today and schedule an appointment for counseling and get your family back on track.

Private Counseling/Therapy Services in the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Area Include:

Couples and Family Counseling– Effective communication training, fair-fighting rules, conflict resolution techniques

Addictions– Counseling and Recovery Support for: Alcohol/Drugs, Gambling, Spending, Sex, Smoking Cessation, Food

Eating Disorders– Counseling and Recovery Support for: Bulimia, Anorexia, Compulsive Overeating, Bingeing/Purging

Co-Dependency– Counseling and Therapy for setting limits with people, unresolved family of origin issues, child-within work

Depression– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression (Workplace, Post-Partum, Relational, Home Life, Economic, etc.)

Anxiety/Stress– Mindfulness, Centeredness, Meditative Techniques and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Domestic Violence– Understanding the Power/Control Cycle through Therapy Techniques

Trauma– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offered for past Childhood Abuses, Rape and Traumas

Grief/Loss– Supportive Therapy for Death of a Loved One, Divorce, Break-up, Aging Process(loss of looks, decreased memory, decreased physical/sexual capabilities, Empty Nest, Impact of Recession (career loss/change, financial status, retirement/savings dwindling
GLBT Issues– Supportive and Validating Counseling of Relationship issues, Property and Financial Equality, Family Planning

 Contact us in Oakland Park, Florida, for psychological services including counseling for families, gays and lesbians, addiction, and couples therapy.
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 Service Area:

• Pompano Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Oakland Park • Deerfield Beach/
Coral Springs/Margate • Wilton Manors/Hollywood • Plantation/Davie/Tamarac
Hours of Operation:
By Appointment Only
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


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