Valerie Hinard MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in San Rafael, California, 94901

Valerie Hinard


Valerie Hinard


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 50150


1480 Lincoln Ave. #5
San Rafael, California 94901

My Approach to Helping

I have a broad base of experience helping people with relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, deepening sense of self and finding meaning in life through self exploration, awareness, and creative process.

I welcome individuals, children, and couples into my practice. My approach takes shape according to your particular needs and may include dream work, guided imagery, or sandplay. I offer a free initial phone consultation.

More Info About My Practice

In addition to my psychotherapy practice I am a faculty member with the JFK University continuing education department. I teach in the Guided Imagery Certification program. I also co-founded the non-profit: Sonoma Psycho-Oncology, which provides psychotherapy/guided imagery to cancer patients and their family members and friends. I completed a training program in Integrative Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, and spent almost two years working with Marin General and Novato Community hospitals.
I am also a certified Sandplay Therapist with Sandplay Therapists of America.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

When your sense of self is overshadowed by traumatic and emotionally painful experiences, it can be difficult to feel balanced and vital in life, and relationships often seem impossible. The therapeutic process can help foster your innate strengths and resiliency while you explore your vulnerabilities and concerns. Together we help you build a greater understanding of yourself through awareness and changing limiting patterns, fears, and beliefs. In this way you become rooted in a life grounded in meaning, aliveness, and depth. When we are rooted in ourselves, relationships become easier to cultivate, maintain, and enjoy.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Mid life crisis, Trauma survivors, Life threatening illnesses, Cancer diagnosis

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Self Psychology

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