Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Iren Valentine earned a Doctorate in School/Clinical Psychology from an Pace University, New York, NY, APA-accredited program. She also earned a Master’s degree in School/Community Psychology from Pace University. Dr. Valentine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bard College and she is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Virginia.
Dr. Valentine has over 15 years of clinical experience and has worked in a variety of mental health settings including an: outpatient community mental health center, inpatient psychiatric hospital, psychiatric emergency room, rape crisis program, adolescent day treatment program, and university counseling center. Additionally, as the spouse of a retired military member she understands the unique challenges of former military members and their families.
Dr. Valentine works with a wide range of clients including teens, adults, couples, and families. She has extensive experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds and identities. Her areas of specialization include: adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, identity development, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship issues.
Dr. Valentine utilizes an integrative approach that incorporates Psychodynamic Theory, Solution-Focus, Strength-Based, and Person-Centered principles. In her work with couples, she utilizes the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. Her therapeutic style is caring, warm, honest, and empathic. She collaborates with clients to identify thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with their optimal well-being and supports clients in gaining insight, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.
Dr. Valentine believes in the importance of continuing education and life-long learning. She has completed the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Level 1 training as well as the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) training. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).