Welcome to Client-Centered Counseling
Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is a Group Private Practice with a team of mental health professionals trained in evidenced-based treatment. We use a unique and innovative client-centered approach to encourage each client to guide the discussion of each session in order to get the best results. We begin the appointment with a session preparation segment to allow a client to relax, intraspectively become aware of primary and secondary emotions, and to list the most important topics for them to share. From this brief process the therapist is able to validate the issues and stress of the client, before going into the research-based interventions to promote change. This collaboration is an important dynamic to a client-centered experience.
We provide exceptional mental health care for mild and moderate treatment to adults, children, and adolescents in Modesto, Merced, and Turlock. We accept HPSJ and CCAH Insurances.
Hello, I’m Valerie Lamke MS, LMFT
Clinical Director and CEO at Abalance Client-Centered Counseling
From my years of experience, I have established a dynamic Group Private Practice that provides the best evidenced-based care for our community. I have developed some innovative and effective methods to encourage clients to be an active part of guiding the discussion of each session, while allowing for research-based techniques to reinforce positive change.
I welcome you to our office and look forward to working with you on your journey to find a balance and joy in your life.
Our mission is to improve the quality of lives for individuals with behavioral and emotional challenges by providing exceptional mental health services using the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices helping our clients to become more active and productive members of the community.
Therapist I are Licensed Clinicians. Therapist II are Pre-Licensed Registered Clinicians, under the direct supervision of Valerie Lamke LMFT and Staff Supervisors.
Professional Therapy with a Client Focus
There are times in life when we can feel off balance and can’t seem to snap out of it. When our own natural support system just isn’t enough, it may be time to reach out to a professional counselor to start the process of therapy. We have created a safe, comfortable and professional environment to discuss the issues in your life. We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport. We treat each client with respect and dignity.
What our clients say
I have been seeing Valerie Lamke for about 2 years now, she makes me feel feel very comfortable in her office and she’s helped encourage me to change my life for the better! Very blessed to have came across her!
I have been going to Valarie for just short of a year. I have learned how to manage my ptsd and depression in my everyday life, instead of struggling to hold a job. I am now employed full time, going to school full time and juggling four children. She is amazing at what she does , and helps you find your right path to becoming the best you possible. Thank you for all you have helped me accomplish this year.
Valerie was easy to talk to. I opened up more to her then my last Therapist just something about her made me feel I could trust her.
Why choose a therapist at Abalance Client-Centered Counseling?
Our office is dedicated to providing the best mental health services to ALL people in our community regardless of income.
We have a team of professionals that are continually sharpening their skills as mental health providers and attend regular training from the Clinical Director. Having a competent and knowledgeable therapist is only part of it.
We are also a group of caring and compassionate people that strive to make your time with us a safe, comfortable and rewarding experience.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Depression Disorders
- LGBTQ+ Gender Issues
- Play Therapy
- Child Disruptive Behavior
- Childhood Trauma
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is accepting new clients in all three (3) of our Central Valley locations in Modesto, Merced, and Turlock California.
No. You can contact us directly and we will get your insurance eligibility established and schedule your first appointment. Your Health Plan may require an additional call to get a registration number after you have already established as a client in our office. We have a team here to help guide you through these things if you need assistance.
Yes, we currently accept HPSJ and CCAH MediCal Insurances only. For other insurances, we provide an out-of-network option for you to bill your insurance and get reimbursed for up to 80% of your therapy costs in our offices.
No, we treat mild/moderate symptoms for a variety of issues, but not alcohol and drug issues. If you have an addiction or are seeking sobriety, we refer out to a professional that treats substance abuse.
Weekly sessions are the best care option for mental health outcomes, but we also provide an every other week option, or Teletherapy if you have a hectic schedule.
We can see clients as young as 2 years old. A session is a once a week appointment lasting 50 minutes.
Yes. Our staff can get you in touch with the transportation coordinator from your Health Plan to arrange necessary transportation to-and-from the therapy office.
why choose us
We have over 15 years of clinical experience to provide the most effective treatment options. Our team of therapists have specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy.
We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport with each client. And we treat each client with respect and dignity.
You will learn skills of mindfulness and how to balance thoughts and feelings; and begin to build insight into your issues and have a plan to reinforce your goals.
Teletherapy is provided by using long-distance technologies so that clients and therapists do not have to be in the same place at the same time.
Transportation is provided by your Health Plan. If you have problems with getting to your appointments, we are able to help arrange a ride.
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