Every moment is new and every moment we have a choice to be happy or to suffer

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Valerie was on staff and a paid peer counselor at a counseling center in Grass Valley California for three years. In 1994 she opened her own office in Nevada City, CA., called Hummingbird Medicine, where she offered Peer Counseling and Vibrational Medicine sessions. She also led self-empowerment support groups and healing modality workshops. For four years, she led ongoing therapeutic music groups for clients at California Mental Health facilities. Valerie resides in Ha'iku where she is writing and recording her third original music CD.

Testimonial

I came to know Valerie as a co-worker at SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center where we were both Peer Counselors. I have long since been impressed by her counseling skills, dedication and compassion for others. She has helped to establish and implement programs that continue to enrich the lives of those around her. Valerie's unwavering devotion to her community exemplifies her moral fiber and character. I strongly recommend her. Heather Peterman, Peer Counselor  Valerie ‘hummingbird’ offers individual help in the home for people who are in mental/emotional and spiritual crisis. Valerie may be contacted at: (530) 575-5787 Email: valerie@hummingbirdmedicine.com.


A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Imbalances are responsible for physical and psychological illnesses. In the holistic view, all illness's have its origin when the spiritual and/or physical become imbalanced. However, order is inherent in disorder, making a return to health possible.

In a physical sense, food provides the nutrients used for energy. The endocrine system utilizes chemical messengers to coordinate various activities of the body parts. There is a certain amount of overlap with the nervous system, which utilizes neurotransmitter substances creating excitability or inhibition causing neurons to either fire or not. Together these provide the necessary chemicals that energize our spiritual lives. Spirit is energy fueled by the endocrine system. It is the spiritual force by which we live.

We have all experienced challenges in our lives. Physical injury’s Stressful situations and uncomfortable feelings that tax our mental/emotional well being and we often forget the essence of who we are.

It is helpful to get support from someone who is not in your personal life, someone who you feel safe with to explore the places in you where you are not loving your self. The places in you where you feel scared and vulnerable. We all have similar feelings of joy and sorrow, fear and anger, frustration and hoplessness, lonelyness and confusion.

As a Peer counselor, I can help you to see the challenges in your life in a new light and introduce you to innovative tools that can help you attain self awareness and overcome obstacles that get in the way of your happiness.

Peer Counseling

As a Peer Counselor, I have experienced life challenges and have learned skills to understand and move through these challenges. Peer Counselors are educated to facilitate self empowerment so that you can make positive changes in your life. I was trained how to listen effectively with out trying to change or fix you, and offer guidence without telling you what to do. I can offer you tools to help you to communicate effectively and get the results you want. I give encouragement and reminders to be kind to yourself and accept yourself just the way you are right now. It is from this place that you can choose to make positive life changes. you have all the answers inside of you. I can support you in remembering what you already know!

I have compassion, empathy and an understanding of how difficult and often painful life can be., having experienced similar feelings and circumstances of my own. As a Peer Counselor I can give you tools to cope with stressful situations, relationships, health issues, and mental/emotional feelings such as depression, and anxiety.

I practice a holistic approach to mental health, treating the whole person, mental, emotional and spiritual. I have incorporated the skills I have learned as a Peer Counselor and a health practioner in order to bring body, mind and spirit back into balance. Through the use of self inquiry, mindful and body awareness, working with sound and breath, meditation, visualization and journaling, I help you help yourself to get in touch with the essence of who you are. Choose to be happy and embrace a life of joy!

How Can I help?

As your Peer Counselor, I will work alongside you, will motivate, and support you in making changes needed to achieve the outcomes you desire. I can help to clarify your values, beliefs, goals, and personal meaning. As a Peer, I have empathy and am mindful without judgment. What you say and how you feel matters. Feeling listened to and understood enables you to hear your self and thus make changes in all aspects of your life.

Peer counselors are not therapists and are not licensed. They don’t give advice, tell you right or wrong or try to fix you. A Peer Counseler supports clients to discover their own solutions.

What People Say

I have know Valerie for seven years now. She has excellent leadership skills and works well in a group setting. She is extremely creative as well as kind, caring, compassionate, trustworthy, dedicated and energetic! She is in touch with her feelings and knows how to express them in a constructive way. Valerie is a strong advocate for people, to help them, help themselves. I highly recommend her for any position that requires a caring heart, excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn. Jill Fox, MFT

I am an MFT and I have seen Valerie's on going commitment to her own personal growth. Ms. Lowe has studied a variety of alternative healing practices. She works with people in a supportive and therapeutic manner. She would be an excellent addition to a program to bring inspiration, enthusiasm, and creativity. Ms. Lowe has compassion for others and is open to sharing her own life experiences to assist others. Carmella C. Smith MFT

I came to know Valerie as a co worker at SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center where we were both Peer Counselors. I have long since been impressed by her counseling skills, dedication and compassion for others. She has helped to establish and implement programs that continue to enrich the lives of those around her. Valerie's unwavering devotion to her community exemplifies her moral fiber and character. I strongly recommend her. Heather Peterman, Peer Counselor

I want to thank you for all your tender loving care and support you have given me for the last 14 months. You are a wonderful Peer Counselor. I am working full time and doing well. You have helped me so much. Diane C. Client

To whom it may concern, I've known Valerie for a number of years; long enough to say these things. If you are looking for a person who is honest, trustworthy, capable, talented, creative, compassionate, tolerant, kind, expressive, helpful, and willing, you have found her! Is there more? I speak of a friend, if you have one like her on your side, what else could you ask for. Norma Ash, RN and friend

To whom it may concern, Valerie's charismatic, warm personality was evident and inspired the wards, who showed great enthusiasm. Listening to her speak about her own life experiences, Valerie gave food for thought to the minors, communicating alternative ways to express their emotions and their actions. I found Valerie's presence to be a positive and memorable influence on the population. Dave Fluke, LMFT, Sacramento County Boys Ranch

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