About Valencia Agnew, Ph.D., DBTC

imgreceived my masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University, my doctorate degree from Walden University, and hold certification as a Dialectical Behavior Therapy therapist (DBTC) with training specific to adults, adolescents, and children. I have also completed Level 3 Practicum Training in the Gottman Method. I have practiced for 23 years and I receive supervision from a fully licensed psychologist. I am committed to excellence by maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, and through continuing education to stay knowledgeable in up to date techniques, theories, and interventions.  My dedication, passion, extensive trainings, skills, and warm personality make me an effective clinician.

In addition to my clinical experience, I present for multiple businesses and agencies on mental health topics as well as provide coaching and consulting at Agnew Advantage Consulting.

While I am a native of Grand Rapids, I have had extensive training in the Latin American culture. My education includes 4 years of college level classes as well as education at Ideal Escuela de Espanol in Cuernevaca (Mexico) studying both the language and the culture. I continue to improve my skills through ongoing education with a personal instructor and interpreter (who works with me during sessions as needed). I take pride in my ability to serve a diverse population of clients.

In addition, I am a part of the ministry team at my local assembly. I am actively involved in promoting both spiritual growth as well as emotional health and stability within my assembly and its affiliates.

One of the things I really enjoy is doing presentations in a variety of venues.  Visit my Speaker page if you are interested in learning more about me speaking for your event. Visit my coaching and consultation site if you are interested in executive and business services.

Self Pay - Insurances Not Accepted

In The News

Grand Rapids Business Journal Article
Corp! Magazine Article May 2019

West Michigan Woman Magazine:

Fox 17

Wood TV8


  • Winner December 2016 – Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Top Women Owned Businesses, Read article
  • Winner March 2017 – Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Top Women Owned Businesses, Read article
  • Winner February 2018 – Giants Eugene Brown Medical Service Award, Read article
  • Winner March 2018 – 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, Read article
  • Finalist October 2019 – Grand Rapids Chamber Small Business of the Year Epic Award
  • Finalist 2020 - MPWRD Influential Business Awards Nominee
  • Winner September 2021 - Brilliance Award Woman of the Year


I have done a variety of presentations for schools, mental health organizations, churches, and other agencies. If you’re interested in having me do a presentation, please visit my Speaker page.

Specialty Training

It’s important to me to continue my education regarding topics that will keep me knowledgeable and trained in the areas that best serve you.  Here you will find areas that I specialize in and continue to maintain a high level of expertise.

To see a detailed description about specialties, click here.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • DBT-Children
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocess (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Filial Play Therapy
  • Gottman Therapist – Level 3
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Play Therapy

Professional Affiliations

I have chosen to be affiliated with these organizations because they provide research and trainings that are pertinent to my areas of expertise.
View a list of organizations in which I am a member of.

Contact Me

[email protected]

Emergencies: If you are experiencing an emergency or if your need is of an urgent nature, please call 911 or go to your local hospital. Contacting me does not constitute a client therapist relationship unless you are a regular client who is being seen by me in my office.

  • Inform the 911 operator that this is a psychiatric emergency.
  • Ask for police officers and first responders trained in crisis intervention or trained to support people and families experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

US Suicide Prevention Hotline: 988

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)

1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish)


• Adolescents                                                        • Borderline Personality
• Children                                                              •  Coaching & Consulting
• Family Relationship Issues
• Marriage, Premarital & Couples
• Trauma
• Self Injury
• Speaking Engagements

• Anger Management
• Anxiety or Fears
• Asperger’s Syndrome
• Behavioral Issues
• Bipolar Disorder
• Blended Families & Multicultural Families
• Borderline Personality
• Child or Adolescent
• Depression
• Disruptive Mood Dysregulation
• Divorce
• Domestic Violence
• Family Conflict
• Grief and Loss
• Marital Issues
• Multicultural Families
• Oppositional Defiance
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Parenting
• Premarital Counseling
• Relationship Issues
• Self Esteem
• Self Injury
• Sexual Abuse
• Spirituality
• Trauma and PTSD

Alternative Languages: Spanish with translator

• Children (6 to 10)
• Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
• Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
• Adults

Treatment Orientation

• Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Children (DBT-C)
• Family Systems
• Marriage Counseling – Gottman Method
• Play Therapy

• Couples
• Family
• Group
• Individual

Groups Offered
• Dialectical (DBT and DBT-C) for Children, Adolescents, Men & Women
• Self Esteem Using Photography for         Adolescents & Women
• Couples Communication Skills Group
• The Art & Science of Love Workshop
• Seven Principles for Happy Marriage
• Marriage Retreats