Valerie Niemela

  • Tempe, Arizona
  • Arizona In-Person

Accepting New Patients

  • Individual Therapy
  • She/Her
  • Serves Ages 4 to 45

Primary Specialties

  • ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation
Also Experienced With
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Art Therapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Chronic Illness
  • Creativity
  • Grief/Loss
  • Identity Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Self Harm
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Stress
  • Trauma


Life can become messy, with struggles and failures. I believe in counseling to find meaning during life’s difficulties. As a counselor, I hope to work alongside you as you try to make sense of life, discover new ways of being, make changes and seek acceptance. I work from a person-centered and solution-focused approach, using cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and creative art techniques, adjusting to my client’s needs.

I worked in crisis settings and have experience de-escalating individuals with imminent and passive suicidal thoughts. I have special interest in working with individuals who live with disability; children, teens, and young adults who feel alone on their pathway of life and wonder what meaning is left.

As a Washington native, I love the outdoors, rainy days and sunshine peeking through the clouds. In my free time, I go for walks, spend time in the kitchen, exercise and read. Above all, I find support and enjoyment in relationships with my husband, family, and friends.

Insurances Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • United Healthcare