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Specialized Coaching to Fit Your Needs

Now partnering with RISE to Intimacy for 1-on-1 services:

Tired of closed doors? Mine is always open

Whether you struggle with intrusive thoughts, addiction, behaviors that have felt you feeling shamed and guilty, my door is always open to those who want a better life for themselves.

I am able to offer a safe place for people to tell their story, be vulnerable, and receive personalized assistance with growth and healing. 

Utilizing my education and lived experience, alongside your willingness to share your experience and motivations for changing, we can start something great together. 

Hi, I'm Pamela Rich, MS and I'm here to help you.

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VALERIE MCDONNELL, LCSW specializes in the treatment and coaching of individuals and couple's struggling with intimacy issues: ENM, polyamory, kink, and other types of intimacy issues. 


What exactly is coaching?

While the utilization of the term counselor is not protected under any law or board certification, I choose to let you know exactly what to expect from your time with me. With a specialized coach you can expect the utilization of my education, lived experience, and tailored sessions that meet your needs outside of the stuffy, "mmhmm", nature of most mental health professionals. So, if you're tired of feeling like your previous mental health care experiences were dry and impersonal, I'm the person for you. 

Public Speaking

If you are interested in learning more about having me speak at any event, school. or any other establishment please utilize my contact form below: I will provide rates and other information about my services at that point, 

Teletherapy Zoom trauma counseling

What to Expect

Board-controlled therapists and counselors are not able to accomplish what we can together. My master's level education and lived experience go beyond the scope of what these book learned persons can offer. This is what sets us apart. Here's what to expect from me. 


Evaluation & Assessment

Our first conversation is about what has been going on in your life, what led you to seek outside support, and what goals you'd like to reach.



Plan development

Together we build a strategy for the goals you set. This may include cognitive restructuring practices, communication exercises, intervention plans, and specific tools for your unique needs.


Weekly 50-minute sessions

We start with your emotional experiences, life events, and victories from the week. Then we discuss how you’ve been working on your goals, the challenges you faced, and what you feel still needs improvement. We analyze and adjust our plan accordingly, tailored to your growth and needs.

What To Expect

Trauma Counseling Prices

I now offer my counseling services through Richmond Institute of Sexual Empowerment. See pricing & packages (and other info) at RISE to Intimacy:

I had a really bad attitude at first, like I was too good for counseling. But now I realize how much I need to talk to someone. Once a week is barely enough!


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  • How do I schedule an intake consultation?
    For scheduling either contact me through email or phone call. If you call and I am unable to answer at that time, please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
  • Do you take insurance?
    I am an out-of-network provider. This means that I do not take insurance but if you have a health insurance provider your HSA or FSA may reimburse you. I provide invoices for every session and can provide a superbill if necessary. Being self-pay allows me the opportunity to counsel people throughout the entire U.S.
  • What are your office hours?
    I generally see clients between the hours of 11-7pm EST Monday-Friday.
  • How long do appointments last?
    Sessions last for 5o minutes.
  • Can we meet virtually?
    Yes. During the COVID pandemic I only provide telehealth sessions to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, and myself.
  • How often will we meet?
    I generally suggest that we meet once a week in the beginning. Later on we may make an informed decision about moving sessions to once every two weeks.
  • Do you prescribe medications?
    I do not. We may discuss your potential needs of medication which you can then discuss with your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist.
  • Are there any issues or types of clients that you DON’T work with?
    I will not turn anyone away based on their current mental health needs. I will refer an individual to a colleague if your needs fit more with another practitioner. Your needs are the priority, and it is my responsibility to either provide the best care or find you someone who can.

Got more questions?

This stuff is complicated. Believe me, I’ve got multiple degrees in criminal justice, general psychology, and forensic psychology (meaning I’m qualified as an expert witness in court). All those books and studies...


The human mind is complex—and trauma throws everything into chaos. If you’re experiencing a psychological emergency please call 800-273-8255.


Otherwise I can help with questions about:

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Anxiety & depression

  • Sex trafficking

  • Addiction

  • Public speaking

  • Counseling tools & techniques

  • Sex offender counseling

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