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Meet Our Counselors

We are known for providing quality; counseling and psychotherapy service to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

All of our counselors are highly trained, competent, licensed professional counselors with extensive counseling experience.  



Beverly J. Valtierra, Ph.D., LCSW

Beverly holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive counseling and teaching experience.  She leads workshops, seminars and is a sought after speaker on her many areas of interest.  “I believe that each person does the best they can to manage their life but sometimes they run into times when they need the supportive guidance of another person who can help them make changes and find new solutions.”  Her areas of expertise are women’s issues, relationships, depression and mood disorders, and addictions.

 

 

Joan M. Ellis, M.A., LPC, LCDC

Joan holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has worked in the counseling profession since 1973. In her counseling, Joan helps men and women make whatever changes are necessary to live healthy and productive lives. She specializes in addictions and addiction-related problems, depression, women’s issues and relationships.




Tara Garner, Office Manager

Tara provides general information regarding activities and operation of the Connection  Center, as well as handling
accounting and bookkeeping duties and filing insurance claims.
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree
in social work.



 
“The genuine concern shown to me by my counselor has truly changed my life.  I have been treated with respect in a warm and caring manner.  The support shown to me when I was at rock bottom of my life enabled me to continue the challenge of my growth.”
                                        Lynda

 


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