Valerie Hooper, PsyD
Vitality Psychological Services
401 Locust Street, Suite 304, Columbia, MO 65201
Dr. Hooper is a trained and experienced clinical and forensic psychologist. She has been a licensed psychologist in the State of Missouri since 2016. She opened Vitality Psychological Services after recognizing the need for greater access to mental health services in the community. Dr. Hooper brings her excellent diagnostic and treatment skills to her clinical and forensic practices. As the daughter of a career military father, Dr. Hooper is especially passionate about helping veterans. Dr. Hooper utilizes her experience to provide exceptional care to frontline workers including medical, mental health, emergency response and law enforcement populations.
Education & Training
• Doctorate: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
• Internship: Kentucky Department of Corrections
• Fellowship: West Tennessee Forensic Services
• Fellowship: Jackson Psychological Services
Throughout her career, Dr.Hooper has had a passion for psychology and the law. She has trained extensively in forensic matters including forensic case law, principles of forensic assessment, and forensic practice guidelines. Her methodical and detail-oriented approach to forensic and psychological assessment produces high quality, unbiased opinions grounded in the research. As an experienced forensic psychologist, she has experience in courtroom testimony and has written evaluations accepted by the state and federal courts. Dr. Hooper has been retained by attorneys and judges for cases before civil, criminal, and family courts. Additional areas of practice include pre-employment, fitness for duty, and critical incident evaluations for police and correctional agencies.
In her clinical non-forensic practice, Dr. Hooper provides individual therapy as well as psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments for a variety of mental health concerns. Dr. Hooper’s approach to individual therapy is guided by the belief that the therapeutic relationship is the catalyst for change. She believes in creating an environment that emphasizes trust, respect, integrity, and compassion. Because change can be a difficult and sometimes painful process, Dr. Hooper is committed to utilizing evidenced based interventions to aid clients in their mental health journey.
Dr. Hooper’s areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, parent-child relational problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct concerns in childhood, and problematic sexual behavior issues. She employs techniques and strategies proven to effectively treat her client’s concerns from cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Barkley’s Parent Training in treatment.
Out of network, provide a super bill for out of network reimbursement.
Pro bono case by case basis
After hour appointments, private entrance, services to adults, children, and families.