Valerie Epstein-Johnson

VEJ Counseling & Art Therapy

Online services: 
I do not offer online or teleconference services
Location: 
Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado 80033
United States

Profile

Services: 
Grief Therapist/Counselor
Specialties: 
Anticipatory Grief
Artistic/Memorials
Complicated Mourning
Death
Divorce
Loss of Health
Loss of Job
Loss of Pet
Traumatic Loss
Professional summary: 

My name is Valerie Epstein-Johnson and I am a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist with a private practice in Wheat Ridge, CO located at hOMe Collective, a warm and serene holistic wellness center.  I employ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness and evidence-based approach, Sandplay Therapy, and Art Therapy and I specialize in grief work, mood and anxiety disorders, fertility issues, young adult transitions, child trauma, adoption, and creative personal growth.  I work with clients of all ages.

Client ages: 
Children
Teens
Adults
Seniors
Modalities: 
Individuals
Group
Orientations: 
Art Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Existential
Humanistic
Psychodynamic
Cost per session, low end: 
$75
Cost per session, high end: 
$100
Additional fee information: 
I typically charge $75/ clinical supervision session for counselors, social workers, and art therapists and $100/60 min individual therapy session
Accept credit cards: 
I accept credit cards for payment
Insurance carriers I accept: 
Aetna, Humana, Mines & Associates
Accept insurance: 
I accept insurance payments
Languages: 
English
Approach: 
Mindfulness-based verbal approaches like Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics for developmental trauma
Background: 
12 years post-MA in MH Counseling and Art Therapy, 13 years in mental health in psychiatric institutions, day treatment, hospice, community mental health, outpatient psychotherapy, 5 years in private practice
Professional license(s): 
LPC (Colorado) & ATR (national registration)
Education: 
MA in Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy, Lesley University, 2004 BA in Psychology, Art History minor, Brandeis University, 1996 AA in Studio Art, Montgomery College, 2002
Years in practice: 
5
Certifications and qualifications: 
Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts, 2014
Additional info: 
Grief is not something to "get over." Coming to terms with grief and loss entails an honest encounter with ones loss and making space for it while continuing to pursue a values-driven life. This honest encounter may be made easier and more meaningful with creative endeavors such as writing and art-making, neither of which require skill or talent; they only ask for your truth and willingness to use a non-verbal language to tell your story and honor your loved one and your Self.

Support group

Come join me to honor a loss or significant transition in your life with art! In a safe and supportive group of adults we will make Day of the Dead-inspired tabletop altars using collage, paint, and... click for more details