Depression Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL


I have over 30 years experience in helping people with relationship issues, addictions, depression, anxiety and trauma related issues. These issues may be preventing you from living your highest quality life. My desire is to help individuals, couples and families finally reach their goals that may have been previously and unknowingly blocked within them.

I am a licensed psychotherapist with a Master's Degree in Social Work and I am a certified addictions professional.

Allow Yourself to Heal


If you're struggling, you don't have to fight your challenges alone. Some of the areas that I specialize in are:

  • Addiction.  The challenges of addictions can be greatly lessened with help and support in a safe and nurturing environment. Some addictions I work with are alcohol, drugs, gambling, food and relationships, and technology. 
  • Anxiety and Trauma.  This can be difficult to get through on your own, however with my approach of breaking it down into bite-size manageable pieces, it can be integrated successfully to no longer disrupt a person’s life and relationships.
  • Depression.  Therapy for depression can assist you in attaining joy, motivation and hope once again, or for the first time ever.
  • Relationships.   I work with couples and families, including GLBTQIA to seek the appropriate solution(s) to increase connection between people and their loved ones.

While these are only a small sampling of the work I do with people, my goal is always to be a facilitator of positive change and lasting healing for each person, couple or family that I help. 

I accept PPO and Medicare insurance plans following a verification. Some co-pays may apply based on your particular insurance plan. My rates are per session, not per person. 

Get Help Today

 If you need help such as depression counseling in Fort Lauderdale, FL, contact Valerie J. Elsbree M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.A.P., P.A., today. Schedule a free consultation or an appointment by calling 954-579-3049 or emailing