All About Valerie Johnson


Hi, my name is Valerie and I am an Illinois native, happily married, with children and grandchildren.  I was raised by a single mother who was strong and vibrant, my forever role model.  She raised me and my three older brothers.  My father was an alcoholic and drug addict who was so consumed by his addiction and lifestyle that he died from it  with AIDS.  I remember him saying to me, don't cry for me, I lived life my way.  When he died, I didn't cry...much.  Like any young adult, I spent time wondering why he chose addiction over me.  Later I became an addiction counselor trying to help those who wanted help and even those who didn’t (planting seeds).  Helping individuals to overcome addictions was my gift.  My childhood experiences with having an addicted father (and all the things that came with that) was my destiny so that I would be able to help others overcome their struggles especially addictions.   


Later in my young adult life, I found myself struggling to have children and had to go through initial fertility treatment with my ex-husband and thereafter the flood gates opened and more children came naturally.  I thanked God profusely for my gifts. My kids were my blessing. They were my biggest life victory, joy, and gave my life purpose.  When I divorced my ex-husband he went on a terrible and hateful vengeance that lasted until my children became adults fighting custody, parental alienation, going against every decision of the courts, and trying with much successes to turn my children against me because I  chose to leave the unhealthy marriage.  He used our children, my blessing, my life purpose to hurt me, to betray me, and he used them as target practice, using others as his puppets in his game, in a sick game of vengeance. I was mentally exhausted, financially broke, fought to keep myself mentally strong and not dive into depression. Throughout that ordeal, I often did many unhealthy things, acted out, and repeated unhealthy relationships along the way of healing myself.    


Today I am a strong, focused, Christian, and determined women who in spite of the many challenges and stumbling blocks that have been thrown at me, I rose above them all.  I’m not perfect and no one is but I continue to walk my journey, run my race, evolve, and be better than I was yesterday. Today, I continue to rise for myself, for my children, and to help others rise above.  I am an example of someone who has experienced my portion of life worse struggles, betrayals, and abuses and have come out stronger instead of destroyed.  I am a warrior.  I have been in counseling and groups too in the past.  My biggest and sustained change came when I was introduced to hypnotherapy and NLP.  I have used it on myself to stop smoking effortlessly and lose weight for which I am still on that weight loss journey today.  I have used NLP to change my mindset and overcome many issues of self doubt, insecurities, and fears.  I wish I knew then what I know now about hypnotherapy and NLP, the benefits, quick change, and lasting results that are instant and don't take years of therapy to overcome.  I wish I would have known about the power of the subconscious because my life would have changed quicker and I would have struggled less.  I have learned the power of hypnosis and NLP, I am convinced of the use of these tools, I walk it and not just talk it, and I want to share the benefits with you as well.

As your Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist, I am passionate about what I do.  I enjoy helping people overcome, release, heal, and grow.  I see myself  as a life guide, taking you by the hand if you are willing and helping you reach your goals quickly, swiftly, easily, and effortlessly. I have worked in behavioral health for 30 years. My office is your safe place to heal and continue to achieve. 

Additionally, if you have a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor or doctor, I work as a team with them helping you reach your success faster.  It is my philosophy that we all have the answers deep within ourselves, our subconscious, and with the assistance of tools like hypnosis and  NLP, the answer will and do come forth effortlessly and heal.  Here’s to rising above and being better than you were yesterday.  I look forward to working with you to reach your full potential quicker than you ever thought possible.  Rise above and win!


  • 30 years of Counseling and Leadership Experience

  • 30 year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Experience

  • Doctoral Candidate (ABD):  Business Psychology

  • M.A Communications

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology

  • Certified Reciprocity Addiction Counselor (CRADC)

  • Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

  • Certified Practitioner of Clinical Hypnotherapy (CCHT)

  •  Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

  •  Practitioner of TIME Techniques (PTT)

  •  Life and Success Coach (CSC)

  • Practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

  • Board Certified by the International Certification Board  of Clinical 

  • Certified by Illinois Addiction and other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association 

  • Mindset Transformations Facebook
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