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, MA, LPC, NCC, CPT, SATP, is a licensed therapist specializing in marriage and couples work. She holds two master’s degrees (University of Missouri-Kansas City and Midamerica Nazarene University) and has advanced training and clinical experience in complex trauma recovery.
Valerie owns a private counseling practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She is also the host of the popular Latter Day Struggles Podcast where she addresses a variety of issues pertinent to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Her primary purpose in every area of her platform (podcast, support groups, online courses, and coaching/consulting) is to help struggling Latter-Day Saints better understand the nature of their spiritual growth such that they can become empowered to make healthy choices for themselves in relationship with the LDS faith. She also hopes to be an ongoing voice inviting the institution to further embrace psychological health, sound theology, and institutional integrity.
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.
Katie Clover – LICSW
Katie Clover earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston. Since then, she has been helping those struggling with their mental health for over ten years as a licensed therapist. She has experience supporting adolescents and adults working through eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, depression, and trauma recovery. She is passionate about working with adults in faith crisis, faith development, and recovering from spiritual abuse and religious trauma issues. Katie brings hope and expertise to sessions, helping you develop skills to improve coping, emotion regulation, and effective communication. She is eager to support you on your healing journey.
Heather Sundahl – MA, LMFT
Heather Sundahl earned her master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Utah Valley University. Her training is in systems theory, which holds that the various systems in our lives (family, community, church, culture, nation) shape us and how we view and interact with those around us. For the LDS population, religion impacts almost every facet of our lives, sometimes in ways that cause distress. Heather uses narrative therapy to address faith issues as narrative therapy posits that we have the power to shape and shift our stories to better heal and serve us. If you are eager to switch from being a character that is acted upon to becoming an empowered narrator, Heather is eager to help you reclaim your story and find growth and healing.
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