Q Valdez, MSW Candidate
Out of network Rate: $50/55 min session (sliding scale is available)
I understand that the world can feel overwhelming and I’m here to support you throughout your healing journey and to explore the challenges you are facing.
I serve individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and I strive to provide a compassionate and inclusive space for you to be seen, heard, and share your story. I am passionate about helping people to navigate uncertainty, anxiety, loss, trauma, and life transitions. I specialize in supporting individuals who are living with chronic illness, injury, and physical disabilities; facing job stress, job loss, and career change; processing trauma including geopolitical crisis, displacement, natural disaster and climate disaster, and wrestling with identity and purpose.
My approach is centered on culturally responsive and trauma informed care.
You deserve to be well and feel relief and find healing, hope, meaning, peace, and purpose in your life, in the way that is most meaningful for you.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I am a Latina from a large expansive family including siblings and relatives from different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds – who live in different countries around the world.
I grew up living in many different countries and contexts at a young age and I have a deep appreciation for the vibrance of different cultures, languages, and traditions. I also recognize the challenge of navigating culture shock and synthesizing a multitude of distinct cultural experiences into a cohesive sense of self, identity, and belonging.
I understand the challenges faced by youth who have to take on adult responsibilities at a very young age, including having to work and support themselves and/or their families.
I have family members who served in the US armed forces and their experiences have informed my understanding of the unique strengths and needs that veterans have as they transition from military to civilian life.
Prior to being in social work, I worked for 20 years in corporate administration roles in a range of industries including tech, healthcare, and philanthropy. I have a strong understanding of how work stress can affect mental and physical health, the impact of burnout, and challenges of navigating mental health and healthcare systems to find the services needed to support wellness.
I’m a Master’s in Social Work candidate (2025) at the University of Washington. I was a non-traditional student and completed my undergraduate degree while working full time.