About Valerie

When I was a young girl and my friends had posters on their walls of teen idols, my wall held a picture of a huge arch of natural stone rising from a sparkling body of water. Under the picture was the famous quote by poet Robert Frost "The Best Way Out Is Always Through."

The intensity of the arch obscured my vision of what lay beyond. This kept me continually contemplating what the other side held. I spent countless nights staring at the picture and marveling at its beauty before drifting off to sleep. The actual poster is long gone, lost along the way as I traveled from girl to woman, student to teacher. Nevertheless, the arch and the quote remained an indelible image in my mind. It became my symbolic guiding light, the path to my truth as I viewed it from different angles and perspectives.

I viewed it from the entrance, always curious to step forward and see what was ahead, yet fearful of the unknown. At times I moved deeper into the arch but then hesitated and ran back to its beginning. I tried skirting around it, only to find myself at the entrance once again. I have since learned to move through the arch with bravery and determination. I continue to progress steadily forward viewing all obstacles as opportunities that bring me closer to self-actualization. Little did I realize that subconsciously my future was being built on that metaphoric arch and those profound seven words: "The best way out is always through".

I was born and raised in Miami Florida, the youngest of five children. After graduating from Florida International University, I married my college sweetheart in 1985. Together we have raised two wonderful young men who are now embarking on their own journeys. As my children grew and the demands on my time decreased the Arch reappeared with new meaning. This time as I ventured through I was acutely aware that the arch represented the question, " what now?" and I went forward to become what I have always been, my true self, a life coach. For as long as I can remember it has been my gift to help people "through" their challenges in life. With this knowledge I decided to enroll in formal schooling. Training with Martha and her team was everything I had anticipated and I am proud to be a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach.

For eighteen years, I have been honored and privileged to experience Valerie's unique insights and counseling.

Not only is she always the first person I call for support and advice in any situation, she is also the first adult that each of my daughters (now 20, 17 and 14) turn to when I am unavailable.  Her compassion, insight and intuition are unsurpassed by anyone I have ever known personally and professionally.  Her training with Martha Beck adds new depth, skills and knowledge to her natural wisdom.

- Suzy Anand Garfinkle http://www.preparetomorrowsparents.org http://www.tantricparenting.org


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