Valérie is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Her doctoral research project uses neuroimaging methods to study the neurobiology of addiction. More specifically, she investigates the impact of drug-related cues in active users of cocaine and amphetamines to better understand the contribution of these cues in the transition from recreational use to problematic use of stimulant drugs.

Initially trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical-behaviour therapy, Valérie discovered the humanistic-existential and emotion-focused approaches later in her training. These latter approaches have broadened her ability to skillfully treat a variety of issues, which include different forms of anxiety, depression,  eating disorders, relational problems, low self-esteem, perfectionism, and impulse-control problems. She also does trauma-informed therapy for acute and chronic trauma, including childhood trauma.
With the idea that building a strong therapeutic alliance is vital to explore the origins of her client’s difficulties, Valerie provides a safe space to share emotions. She integrates the above-mentioned approaches to best address their specific needs. Through a schema therapy framework, she can help her clients better understand how their past informs their present patterns and guide them towards healthier functioning. Valérie works with individual clients and practices both in English and in French.