I’m Valentina del Olmo, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a focus in adult mental health. I earned my Master’s in Social Welfare (MSW) from UCLA in 2005 and have clinical experience in hospital and residential settings, college campuses, and community mental health clinics.
I arrived in the Silicon Valley in the early days of the tech boom as an undergraduate at Stanford University and have spent much of my professional career in the Bay Area. I have extensive experience working with talented, high achieving individuals in Silicon Valley who find their professional success is not as fulfilling as expected.
“The power of owning our stories, even the difficult ones,
is that we get to write the ending.” – Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
The research by Brené Brown about shame, vulnerability, and living an authentic wholehearted life is a cornerstone of my personal and professional work. Shame is often at the root of problematic choices and destructive behaviors in our lives. By understanding shame we can diminish the power it has in our lives. Then we can live our best, most authentic life.
I joined the Feeling Good Therapy & Training Center in order to combine the powerful and effective tools of TEAM-CBT with my understanding of shame. I believe the TEAM model will make me a far more effective therapist, helping clients to find their long-term well-being without long-term treatment.
The field of social work has a commitment to social justice that is at the core of my personal values. I was raised to believe in advocacy and inclusion, and using any resources one can access to improve the lives of others. As a person of color, I understand that there continue to be both implicit and explicit structures of power and privilege throughout our culture. I want to know how that dynamic of our society has impacted the clients that I treat because I realize it can be a significant force in our life stories.
Areas of Treatment:
- Perfectionism, procrastination and shame,
- Relationship and communication issues
- Grief and loss
consultation with Valentina Del Olmo.