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Valerie Siegman, M.A.


Valerie Siegman, M.A.
Registered MHC & MFT Intern

Welcome and thank you for visiting my page. I am currently a Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern at the Tampa Bay Center for Relational Psychology. I provide therapeutic services for couples under the supervision of Dr. Jeanne Peterson for a reduced fee.

I am honored and excited to work with people who wish to improve their lives and deepen their emotional connections with loved ones. My approach to treatment for couples is empathic and responsive. By identifying the patterned cycles of behavior and responses in your relationships that keep you stuck, we can begin to create more connected and responsive emotional attachments. I utilize evidence-based approaches including: Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy , Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Credentials

In an earlier career, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo in New York. I worked as an Occupational Therapist at the RUSK Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City where I helped people with traumatic neurological injuries adapt to their disabilities and restore their abilities to perform their activities of daily living using adaptive technologies. In addition, I implemented the first Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation protocol for people with AIDS at the New York Hospital in 1989.

My Masters of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling was completed at the University of South Florida. While there, I received specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at the Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. There, I led multi- family groups and worked with teens, adults and families. My training focused on helping people develop the crucial capacity to regulate their emotions and prevent self-harming behaviors.

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