Peaceful Living Health Counseling

Meet Valerie Nivar

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


I help teenagers, couples, and individuals improve their relationships with their loved ones

  • Is your marriage in trouble?

  • Does your family have difficulty communicating?

  • Does your teenager struggle with difficult behaviors?

  • Do you feel like your partner doesn't understand you?

  • Are you desperate to gain control of your life, your family or your relationship?

Some of my Clients come to Counseling asking:

  • Can we rediscover the passion and fire in our marriage?

  • Can our family ever learn how to get along?

  • Is my insecurity or lack of self-esteem affecting my relationship?

  • How can I (or my teen) gain control of self-injurious behaviors?

I Help By

  • Using mindfulness techniques to foster effective communication

  • Teaching effective coping skills to overcome unruly emotions and actions

  • Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to alter negative thoughts and behaviors

  • Offering walk and talk sessions, if you’d like to combine therapy with nature

  • Helping you explore your inner dialogue that negatively impacts your relationship

Valerie Nivar is a psychotherapist specializing in treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, self-injurious or suicidal behaviors and severe and persistent mental illnesses.  She frequently works with diverse populations, including adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, families and LGBTQ individuals.


Valerie is passionate about facilitating positive change, empowerment and helping others develop self-awareness. She utilizes a holistic approach, focusing on person centeredness and works collaboratively with clients to identify triggers, explore self-conflicting beliefs and overcome hurdles.


Valerie received a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She has received certifications in ASSIST (Suicide Prevention Training), and in Motivational Interviewing. She has an innate ability to listen empathetically and a genuine desire to develop a deeper understanding of her clients. Valerie’s compassion and patience allows her to work successfully with her clients in achieving their ultimate goals of peace in mind, body and spirit.


Valerie is available on evenings and Saturdays at Peaceful Living MHC.

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