Valeri Woods, clinical intern
Hi there! I’m Val, a clinical mental health intern based in Seattle, Washington. I am in the midst of my graduate program at Antioch University and on my way to becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I see clients both in-person and via telehealth.
I believe that within each individual lies an inexhaustible source of personal wisdom that can be drawn on to guide us through any struggle: this wise inner part of Self always knows which paths and choices are right for you more than any other outside authority (including me!) ever will. Each person’s journey toward emotional health and well-being is unique. I honor this perspective by remaining open, curious, and flexible in how I address every person’s therapeutic needs.
My goal is always to create an authentic, nonjudgmental, safe, supportive, and skill-driven relationship with my clients. To me, authenticity includes sexual freedom and freedom of sexual expression. I am a sex-positive, queer-identifying, kink-friendly, gender-affirming, and all-relationship dynamic welcome clinician. I support individuals and couples struggling with issues around a sense of self or identity, sex and sexuality concerns, affair recovery, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, those experiencing life transitions, the LGBTQIA+ community, crisis/stress management, and grief and loss.
As a therapist, I use a warm, strengths-based, transpersonal approach, drawing from attachment theory, internal family systems (IFS), somatics, and emotionally focused therapy (EFT). I help clients find purpose and meaning in life, feel a sense of safety in their bodies, and understand their own behavioral and attachment patterns. My practice is feminist, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed. In our work together, I will join you in navigating the road to healing by promoting self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-worth.
Supervised by Kate Stewart
Languages Spoken: English