Welcome!

Elizabeth Valera, LPC

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia.  I practice psychotherapy in a way that allows space and time for you to sort through your life experiences, search for meaning and gain a better understanding of yourself and how you want to move forward in life.  Therapy offers a space to work on your most difficult experiences, challenges and questions–and also to rediscover forgotten strengths. 

Just as our bodies have natural ways to heal from injuries, so do our psyches have natural ways to heal from emotional wounds. Storytelling, moving, drawing, writing, weaving, painting, sculpting, playing games, music making and many other practices are inherently healing. Children naturally turn to many of these activities in times of tumult or crisis. As adults, we sometimes have to relearn and remind ourselves of these natural healing practices. I tailor my sessions to each person’s comfort level, using a combination of talk therapy and expressive arts.

By taking the time in therapy to work through your thoughts, emotions and questions, you’ll discover unexpected connections, develop new ways of understanding the problems that have been bothering you and reset your course in the direction of your choosing. 

More About my Professional Training and Background

I completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School (2000) and completed training in Pastoral Care and Counseling (Clinical Pastoral Education) within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Emory Hospital System.

I went on to serve for 15 years in the field of hospice and palliative care as an Interfaith chaplain,  bereavement coordinator and palliative care counselor.  During that time, I completed additional coursework at Mercer University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in pursuit of my license in professional counseling.

My counseling internship was completed at the counseling center at SCAD-Atlanta and I also completed a Psychotherapy Residency program at Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non-profit sliding scale counseling center.  

In the past few years, I led caregiver groups at Kate’s Club. I hold the Certification in Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. I am in the process of certification in art-assisted grief therapy through the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. And, I have participated in the summer intensive program in expressive arts therapy through Appalachian State University from 2016-2019.