Valerie Beltran, M.A. - Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute
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Valerie Beltran, M.A.

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #91106
Valerie can be reached at:

(925) 297-5230

Practice Areas
Children, Later in Life & Aging, Trauma
About This Therapist

Ever fascinated by people and their stories, from an early age, it seemed that a career as a therapist chose me. I have a genuine respect and curiosity for the human condition, enabling  people to feel instantly at ease around me. My strength lies in making people feel comfortable even in their discomfort.


Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, trauma, or simply a desire to work through a challenge, I can help you transform it, see it from a new perspective, or just listen as you talk through it.


Whatever you’re going through, whatever you’re carrying, I can help you hold it until it’s time to let it go.


Having grown up with two ethnic backgrounds while living on the border between two countries, I have become adept at walking between worlds. Holding paradox, seeing multiple perspectives, and unifying contrasting ideas are strengths I offer as a clinician.


I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, work/career issues, end of life crises, and relationship/family conflict. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique that utilizes bilateral stimulation to process difficult memories in a new way. I also incorporate therapeutic techniques that allow you to:


– Increase self-awareness/mindfulness
– Reframe thought patterns and habits
– Create new meaning from old stories


I also help run a consciousness and technology startup called Consciousness Hacking, and I love incorporating new technology into my therapeutic practice.


I have a gentle, yet firm approach to therapy, which can sometimes feel like deep work and sometimes like a conversation with a life-long friend. I provide the support that’s needed to change.


I received my MA in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (# IMF 91106), supervised by Kimberly Kerlin, LMFT # 52037.