Valerie Richards, LMHC, CST, MS, EdS, Counselor in Port Saint Lucie

Ms. Valerie Richards is the founder of Vivas Counseling Services, LLC

Valerie created Vivas Counseling Services, LLC with a vision of having a local mental health agency that provides counseling that targets specialized area of focus, including sex therapy.

She is Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License# MH12579) and Certified Sex Therapist in the State of Florida.

Valerie Richards, LMHC, CST, EdS has previously provided trainings to therapists on how talk to clients about sexual issues, treatment planning for therapists, anxiety, workplace stress, trauma, and juvenile sex offenders.  She currently sits on the advisory board for Keiser University in the Psychology Department, is a member of The Human Trafficking Coalition, and is the she is part of the sexual assault response team in Martin and St Lucie counties and she completes guardianship evaluations for the 19th Judicial Court.


Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University

Master of Science and Specialist of Education in Counseling and Human Systems with a Specialization in Mental Health from Florida State University

Certified Sex Therapist in the State of Florida from The Florida Post-Graduate Sex Therapy Training Institute

Currently pursuing AASECT certification in the field of sex therapy


Valerie has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings including community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment, and forensic settings.

She has worked with children, adults, couples, and families.

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Read more about Ms. Richards on Psychology Today HERE.