Valerie L. Zar

Psychologist, PsyD

Verified by Psychology Today
6 Endorsed
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(760) 621-0547 Website

Valerie L. Zar

Psychologist, PsyD

Verified by Psychology Today
6 Endorsed

Location

169 Saxony Road
Suite 207
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 621-0547
Offers online therapy

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About

Is your pre-teen or teen-age child unusually irritable, withdrawn, sad, angry or tearful? Teens will often open up to therapists when they don't talk to parents. If your teen is refusing school, or not enjoying life, s/he may be struggling with anxiety or depression, inadequate social skills, bullies, feeling different, sexual identity, parental divorce, or body image worries. I offer a warm, nurturing and safe environment for adolescents to share their feelings and start to feel better about themselves. I enjoy helping adolescents and parents find their way during these difficult times.
My approach is caring and direct with a good sense of humor. In individual or group sessions, you can develop and improve parenting skills, learn how your teen needs you to listen, and begin enjoying your child again. The battles at home don't have to continue. Call me today for a free consultation.
I have 20+ years of experience in the field of mental health. In addition to my credentials as a Clinical Psychologist, I also hold a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. I have extensive experience working in psychiatric in-patient and out-patient hospital settings, therapeutic day and public schools, as well as in rehabilitation settings.

Finances

  • Session Fee: $200 per session
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 15 Years
  • License: California / PSY24558
  • School: Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Year Graduated: 2006

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: University of Illinois-Medical Center / B.S. Occupational Therapy
  • Year graduated: 1982
  • Degree: Northwestern University / B.A. Psychology
  • Year graduated: 1979

Endorsements

Psychologist, PsyD

Psychologist, PhD

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP

Psychologist, PsyD

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

Valerie L. Zar's Groups

Social Skills for Young Adults: Autistim Spectrum

Young adults with a diagnosis of ASD frequently possess the academic skills and innate intelligence to succeed in college. Unfortunately, deficits in social skills can make their experience in a new social setting miserable! If someone you know struggles with social skills, forming/maintaining relationships, job-seeking, self-advocacy, finding a comfortable fit in leisure activities and would like to develop independent living skills, this is the right group. Members may express their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe,nurturing environment, as well as give and provide constructive feedback from the leader and peers.

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Social Skills Group for Early Adolescent Girls

This is an ongoing group for adolescent girls in grades 7-9 who struggle with understanding, acquiring and using appropriate social skills. The main goal is to improve social interaction skills through psycho-education, rehearsal, processing and other functional activities. Groups Is held in Encinitas, CA Dates: Tuesdays 4:30-5:45 Space: Limited to 6 individuals per group

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High School Process Group

This is a process group for high school students struggling with social and emotional issues. This group provides a structured and safe environment to discuss and explore feelings related to family/peer conflicts, self-esteem, pro-social decision-making and management of mental health issues including medication. A variety of structured activities are used to guide discussions and interactions among participants. Members may express their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe,nurturing environment, as well as give and provide constructive feedback from the leader and peers.

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Location

169 Saxony Road
Suite 207
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 621-0547
Offers online therapy

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Specialties
  • Child
  • Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
Issues
  • ADHD
  • All sexualities and genders
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Men's Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Women's Issues

Client Focus

Age
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Psychodynamic
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group

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Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022
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Valerie L. Zar

Psychologist, PsyD