Valerie Hughes, LPC

Pronouns: she, her, hers

I have experience working with people on issues related to relationship authenticity, trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and grief or loss. I work from a sex-positive stance and support folks who identify with diverse erotic orientations, affectional identities, those in diverse relationship configurations, and those who do sex work.

I often work with individuals who align with diverse identities and feel disconnected within their relationships or roles. I hope to leave each relationship in a better place than they started by providing a consistent, understanding, and supportive space for self-exploration. I understand that relationships do not exist in a vacuum, and work to understand the cultural, relational, and historical experiences that may be impacting your ability to express yourself authentically.

Utilizing a relational framework in therapy, I help you uncover opportunities for growth through collaboration and connection. I work to understand the diverse intersecting identities and individual strengths you have with the intention of seeing your unique experience wholly. Finally, I help you to foster a secure bond from which you may grow to desire more connections and have a greater sense of clarity and joy.

Education & Professional Memberships

Valerie Hughes, LPC, has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She previously attended The University of Missouri-Kansas City for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has worked with Gateway Foundation’s Aspire Program working with women experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnoses and served as a staff advisor for their LGBTQIA+ support program. She began her career as an intern at Sarah’s Circle, working with women whose lives have been impacted by homelessness. Finally, Valerie volunteers with Oak Park Our Whole Lives, facilitating sex-positive, consent-based sexuality education for kids.


Valerie has trained at the following institutions:

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Valerie is a member of the following organizations:

Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)

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