Valerie Want

Clinical Psychologist-Private Practice-Laguna Hills at

Orange County, California Area
Mental Health Care

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Valerie Want's Overview

  • Clinical Psychologist-Private Practice at Laguna Hills
  • School Psychologist at Private School
  • Associate Faculty at Saddleback College
  • School Psychologist at Private School

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Valerie Want's Experience

Clinical Psychologist-Private Practice

Laguna Hills

August 2001Present (13 years 2 months)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Laguna Hills.

Psychotherapy: Individual, Couples, Children.

Specialties: Separation anxiety, anxiety disorders, depression, crisis intervention, parent education, relationship issues,

Seminars: Presentations made to private schools, churches, and various other community organizations on topics ranging from effective parenting to improving marital relationships.

"The Book The Stork Never Delivered: A Simple Guide To Parenting." Musurlian, Haig; Want, Valerie. 2005

"African American Students' Ratings of Caucasian and African American Counselors Varying in Racial Consciousness." Want, Valerie; Parham, Thomas A.; Baker, Richard C.; Sherman, Mark. C
Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. 10(2), May 2004

School Psychologist

Private School

September 2001June 2007 (5 years 10 months)

School Psychologist in a private school. Appointment included consultation with administrators,classroom observation, in-service for teachers, crisis intervention, assessment and recommendations for students, parents and teachers, short-term counseling, supervision and development of peer counseling program, development of curriculum for introductory psychology course for high school seniors as well as curriculum development for middle school human development course.

In addition to course development, taught both human development and introductory to psychology courses.

Associate Faculty

Saddleback College

January 1996May 2001 (5 years 5 months)

Academic instruction of undergraduate students for introductory psychology courses.

School Psychologist

Private School

January 1997June 2000 (3 years 6 months)

School Psychologist at a private school. Appointment included classroom observation, in-service for teachers, assessment and treatment recommendations for students and parents and short-term counseling.

Valerie Want's Education

Alliant International University-San Diego Cornerstone Court

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology


Doctoral Project Titled "The Relationship of African Americans' Racial Identity Attitudes To Ratings for Counselors Varying in Ethnic Consciousness and Race."

County of Orange Health Care Agency 1994-1995
Family Service Center Camp Pendleton 1993-1994

UCI Counseling Center 1992-1993

University of California, Irvine

BA, Psychology, Political Science


Graduated cum laude

Activities and Societies: PSI CHI

Valerie Want's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

UCI Alumni Association Board Member 1999-2005 Vice President Scholarship Committee Orange County Psychological Association Editor, The Orange Psychologist, 1995-2000

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