Courage & Wellness Therapy

About Courage & Wellness Therapy


Welcome! Thank you for visiting our site and learning more about Courage & Wellness Therapy.  Our practice was created with a vision to help individuals find the inner strength to be more authentic and vulnerable in their lives. Our approach is based on many different frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. A larger part of our therapeutic process is through the Daring Way™ model, which is based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown. Our therapists are Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidates who explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Please see the Daring Way Tab for more information. In order to best serve your needs, your therapist will complete an initial assessment at your first appointment before entering into the therapeutic relationship in order to individualize treatment to your needs.

Co-Founders of Courage & Wellness Therapy


Andrea Valente, LCSW

Welcome! I appreciate your willingness to take on this endeavor into the beginning stages of therapy. The therapeutic process is a collaboration and partnership; I work with my clients to discover their most authentic self to be able to live and love whole-heartedly and find their courage in vulnerability. I work with clients in an effort to creatively reach their goals through emphasizing the courage and bravery she/he already possess. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, and nurturing environment that allows you to show up as your authentic self. 

Andrea has experience treating young adults and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and life issues. She wants to guide you to learn how to deal with setbacks and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Andrea teaches strategies to address issues around vulnerability, guilt, and shame and find ways to practice courage and build resiliency.


Lauren Emma, LCSW

Lauren Emma is a licensed clinical social worker and has extensive training in the practice of treating individuals who experience depression, anxiety, bipolar, women issues, shame and guilt, perfectionism, and struggles with sexual identity.  Lauren has worked in a variety of settings, which include outpatient mental health centers and long-term treatment settings; providing psychotherapy to individuals from diverse backgrounds and of all ages. 

Lauren is passionate about the Daring Way™ treatment model. This model helps individuals to become the most authentic version of themselves, while working towards living a wholehearted life by implementing shame resiliency skills, self compassion and establish worthiness.