Substance Use Counselor
Valerie graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She joined the HHS team after graduation working in the CILA homes and transitioning to outpatient addictions counseling, including crisis and domestic violence work. Life led Valerie to gain additional experience, as she has worked with drug treatment programs within the Department of Corrections, early childhood programs (doula and Healthy Families), with health department staff and healthcare and hospice programs (outreach, fundraising, volunteers and bereavement counseling). Valerie has returned to HHS as a substance use counselor and looks forward to aiding clients on their paths to recovery. For self-care, Valerie enjoys spending time with family, reading, crocheting and exploring expression through art projects with her children.