WELCOME TO VALERIE HAMAKER COUNSELING SERVICES
We are honored that you are here and look forward to the opportunity to join you on your journey of personal growth and transformation. Each therapist in this practice has a masters degree in counseling and specializes in a variety of topics which will surely meet your need. Please scroll through each bio to learn more about each therapist and find one that most fits your unique needs!
Valerie Hamaker – LPC, MA, NCC, CPT, SATP
Valerie Hamaker has a masters degree in counseling with special training and experience working with individuals of all ages, couples, and family systems. Valerie has expertise in developmental trauma recovery, play therapy, sexual health and sex addiction recovery, midlife transition, faith crisis and faith development issues, Jungian theory, and attachment and individuation work. Valerie enjoys group work and runs a weekly online support community for burnout issues in all areas of life. She also has experience and expertise in corporate wellness and does individual coaching with corporate professionals, runs corporate wellness groups, and frequently speaks in webinars, podcasts, and at conferences and other events about psychological wellness in community, religious, academic and corporate settings. Valerie would love to work with you in your healing journey and finds deep meaning in the process of self discovery through the therapy process.
Tracie Holder – PLPC, MA, NCC
Tracie Holder received her Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a dual emphasis in School Counseling and Mental Health, and a specialty in Spiritual Formation. She is also completing her Registered Play Therapist certification. Tracie enjoyed many learning opportunities in her varied educational and clinical counseling settings. Mental health is an important issue to Tracie and it is a passion of hers to help others grow, heal, and develop through educational and clinical opportunities.
In her therapy practice, Tracie mainly uses Emotion Focused Therapy, acknowledging the importance of awareness and understanding our emotions and how they influence our thoughts and behaviors. She uses unconditional positive regard, building a trusting relationship with her clients, and works to help clients develop self-awareness and vulnerability to work towards becoming their authentic self. She leads her clients in sessions in a non-directive manner, allowing the client to invite her into the areas they need/want healing in and want to work on. Being client-centered, Tracie also uses an eclectic modality of therapy, in order to provide the most beneficial therapeutic experience for each client.
Tracie has worked with individual and couples, with clients from approximately 5-years-old through adulthood, treating conditions including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, trauma, addictions, ADHD, divorce, faith/spiritual exploration/healing, and relational issues. She is LGBTQ+ affirming and specializes in working with teens as well. While Tracie works through a Christian lens, spirituality/faith is left up to the client whether and how much it is brought into sessions. She is open to creating a vulnerable, trusting relationship that honors her clients stories, recognizing the courage it takes to create change and healing in their lives, and walking with them through every step of their journey.
Hannah Sholar – PLPC, MA, NCC
Hannah Sholar holds a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on clinician mental health and spiritual formation. She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and views each person’s journey as their own. Hannah utilizes an experiential and person-centered approach to address a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction recovery, relational communication and conflict, family support, burn out, and life stage changes. She brings an enthusiastic approach to therapy as an opportunity for learning, change, healing, self discovery, and deeper connection.