Founder & Owner
Hesperia and Helendale
Valerie Barrows is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist as well as the owner and founder of A.C.C.E.P.T. Family Counseling, Inc. Valerie Barrows has had the pleasure to gain 24 years of experience working in the field of psychology. She opened her private practice in 2012 and has built a team of therapists whose mission is to provide comfort and hope in a nurturing environment and dedicated to providing mental health services to individuals, couples and families to enhance their quality of life. Creating a safe and supportive environment striven to meet the unique needs of every individual is the primary goal of the therapeutic process. A.C.C.E.P.T. Family Counseling, Inc. and staff are qualified professionals with the desire in helping relieve mental health issues such as anxieties, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, couple issues, children, a adolescent behavioral issues and more. Our goal is to assist each individual with creating a lasting change that is not dependent on anyone but yourself.
Master Degree in Marriage Family Therapy
Bachelor Degree in Psychology
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Professional Activities and Memberships
California Association of Marriage Family Therapist
California Association of Marriage Family Therapist CEU Provider
Clinical Supervisor through the Board of Behavioral Sciences
MEET OUR TEAM
Victorville and Helendale
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and my passion is to help those dealing with daily life struggles. My years of experience lend a great deal of knowledge in assisting couples and individuals in learning to live their lives to the fullest.
I trust that therapy is most effective when building a strong collaboration and rapport between the client/s and the therapist. Client’s that are proactive in meeting their goals and the motivated during the therapeutic process leads to a more direct path in achieving their desired change/s.
I fully understand it takes courage to work through difficult challenges! I genuinely believe that most everyone can benefit from receiving therapy by learning to navigate through the obstacles that they have faced throughout their lives. My role as a therapist is to collaborate with, empathize with, support, and encourage her clients using humor and therapeutic tools.
I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am passionate about helping individuals and families achieve growth and resilience. Choosing to seek therapy can be a difficult decision, one that takes courage and personal strength. Thus, I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for you to express yourself and feel heard.
I have experience with working with children (ages 0-9) and families in underserved communities, adolescents and adults experiencing behavioral challenges (e.g., defiance, aggression, and tantrums), anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, grief/loss, as well as anger and frustration management. I utilize play therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Solution Focused, Attachment-Based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches to assist clients in meeting their goals.
I am an open-minded, non-judgmental and empathetic therapist who will work with clients to explore a plan to increase life’s happiness and fulfillment. I like to support my clients through active listening, problem solving, communication skills, coping skills as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I’ve worked extensively with couples, experiencing relationship difficulties, communication issues and boundary issues. I also enjoy working with individuals and children experiencing
depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders. I am bilingual and able to provide sessions in English or Spanish to suite my Client's needs.
I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment in which clients can gain insight into current and past behaviors, freely explore life stressors and their connection to current functioning and use positive coping skills to improve their quality of life. My clinical interests include working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Being an American Pakistani, my value system is rooted in both Eastern and Western cultures and can relate to the challenges of adapting and raising a family in a new environment. I am multi-lingual and feel comfortable communicating in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.
Associate Marriage Family Therapist
Valerie Barrows LMFT #51162
I am an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and a candidate for licensure through the California Board of Behavioral Science.
Life is precious and flies by very quickly. I value making the most out of our lives, however I know difficulties arise and it’s not always easy to “live your best life”. I am an open-minded, non-judge mental, and empathetic therapist who works with clients to develop a plan to increase life happiness and fulfillment. I support my clients through active listening, problem solving, communication skills, coping skills, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have worked extensively with couples experiencing infidelity issues, communication issues, and boundary issues. I enjoy working with individuals and children experiencing depression, anxiety, relational issues, and more. I’m under the supervision of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Valerie Barrows who has 25+ years of experience in the field of mental health.
Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga, and Helendale
I am a Marriage & Family Therapist and a candidate for licensure through the California Board of Behavioral Science. I currently serve as a Diagnostic Screener with A.C.C.E.P.T. Family
Counseling, Inc. with an emphasis on identifying and supporting specific diagnosis to better serve our Clients. I am a trained screener/evaluator for Clients and tailor treatment plans for Therapists while using specific diagnostic tools to rule out or confirm a possible diagnosis. I’m under the supervision of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Valerie Barrows who has 25+ years of experience in the field of mental health.
LIFE COACH CF-L-1, PN-1
I have been a professional Life Coach in the health and fitness industry since 2013. I have experience as both a life coach and athlete in CrossFit, Powerlifting, Strongman, and Nutrition. Helping people has always been a passion of mine and health is a perfect foundation that is a part of everyone’s life. Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle, create a healthy relationship with food, learn more about how your body functions or improve your overall physical and mental health. I strive to provide research-based, life-changing, personal nutrition and lifestyle coaching for everyone. Everything I do is designed to help people change their mindsets, behaviors, and lives. My coaching approach is not just a “feel-good” project. It is focused around “deep health” creating a hopeful, empowering vision of people’s potential for change and the most current scientific knowledge about health, fitness, nutrition, and behavior. Action creates change and change can be scary. That’s ok. I will help take you from goals to skills to practices to action.
Director of Operations
Serving as the Director of Operations for A.C.C.E.P.T. Family Counseling, Inc. I have been with the Practice several years and very much enjoy my role here. I am a retired Air Traffic Controller of 29 years & served in the United States Air Force over 22 years. I have had a myriad of jobs and professions throughout my life and believe my years of extensive experience in customer service, accomplishing departmental goals & objectives by leading staff, managing, planning & evaluating departmental activities lend well to my position here. “I enjoy being part of a team assisting those in our communities seeking help—helping everyone who calls or walks through our doors is the most important part of this job.”
I am the Maintenance Technician for A.C.C.E.P.T. Family Counseling Inc. I have over 48 years of construction experience, I’m knowledgeable in many phases of building and repairs. I am a licensed roofing contractor and was the project manager of a roofing company throughout the South working on both commercial and residential projects. I have an abundance of experience carrying out repair work of all kinds; you could say, I am really a “Jack of All Trades.”