Welcome!

Elizabeth Valera, LPC

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. 

I offer coaching, short term mental health counseling and long term psychotherapy for concerns ranging from depression, multiple types of anxiety, grief and loss, LGBTQ related concerns, vocational questions and life transitions.  

Both telehealth and office visits are available located conveniently near the Emory University main campus in Decatur, GA.

Learn more about my approach here.


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 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.