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RISE UP! You find a new piece of yourself in every experience. Each day with each choice, you are either reaffirming who you are or introducing a new part of who you 've become. Growth, joy, and love  are things you must choose to welcome in your life. The spirit of your future depends on you ability to stay open, moldable, and honest 

(Rob Hill)


Clinician: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor- Associate 

Mr. Speller Has been working in the school setting for the school year 2020-21 for the Forsyth School district. Valera Counseling Services welcome's Mr. Ricky Speller. He has joined us to be  part of our team of clinicians who are dedicated to make a difference in children, adolescents, and families life to improve their quality of life. He is taking new clients at this time. Mr. Speller holds a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor in the field of counseling. He is well skilled counselor and works to help clients to reach their full potential.  He is very skill working with kids and adolescents. He also work as a probation officer for many 5 years for the State of North Carolina. 

A word from Mr: Hi! I am Ricky Speller. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. I have my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. I am originally from the 252 area of North Carolina but spent a great deal of my adult life in Raleigh, NC before moving to Greensboro, NC in 2018. I offer individual, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy, group therapy and family therapy with Valera Counseling Service. 

Mr. Purcell is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Forensic Evaluator, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Valera Counseling Services have the pleasure to have Mr. Purcell as part of our team. Mr. Purcell was Issued on March 3, 2019 by International Trauma Training Institute. Mr. Purcell is credentialed under Cardinal Innovations to provide sexual harm evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents that are sexual abuse victims, display sexual behavior concerns, and children/adolescents accused of sexual offenses of younger children.

He is a Child and Family Evaluator (Forensic Mental Health Evaluator) with NC Child Medical Evaluation Program (CMEP); UNC Chapel Hill Department of Pediatrics.

He became rostered as a Child/Family Evaluation provider on October 11, 2019. He provides evaluation services for children and adolescents who are being investigated by their county Department of Social Services as possible victims of abuse/neglect. These evaluations are intended to assist Child Protective Services (CPS) in their investigations of alleged abuse/neglect in cases that have not been, or are unlikely to be, determined through the standard CPS investigative process or through medical evaluation.  

My name is Mr. Shonnon Purcell. I have a Bachelor of Science, Business Management with Concentrations: International Business and Finance, Guilford College 2006. Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation Program and a Rehabilitation Services Administration Scholarship recipient for the areas of Vocational Rehabilitation and Behavioral and Substance Abuse Counseling. I successfully completed my program and graduated on May 13, 2017. As soon as I graduated, I became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), in which he passed the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Examination on March 11, 2017.

I enjoy working with children and adolescent to helping them to reach their full potential and reduce symptoms of behavioral and mental conditions so they could life their life more enjoyable and be improve their school performance.  

Administrationand Office Assistance

Ms. Laritza Ramirez and Ms. Vanessa Urena Hernandez has been with us working as bilingual office administrator assistance. Ms. Laritza major in Psychology at North Carolina University of Greensboro. She wants o become a counselor to work with children and adolescents. Also,  Ms. Vanessa is one of our bilingual office assistance who assist counselors and clients at our practice.  She in working on her BA on education at Winston-Salem College.

       Our bilingual staff work to deliver the best quality services to our clients. Call to set up you appointment today and one of our clinical administration will answer any question you might have.  Also, ask for our new membership program for those who have no insurance!!

Mrs. Ella Sombelon is a LCSW-A and a BCCP at our practice. She holds a lot of experiences working with adults and adolescents who had encountered substance use disorder, behavioral issues, and mental health conditions. She also has work with children, adults, and adolescents who deals with depression, anxiety, panic attack, and bipolar disorder. Mrs. Ella also services our school in the Forsyth school district during the school year. She has extensive experience doing individual work, providing therapy treatment,  as well as doing  group work in different settings for many years . Her main theoretical approaches are CBT, MI, Person-Centered therapy, and solution focused therapy. 

Mrs. Sombelon has facilitated many clases in counseling such as drug addiction class, and implemented assessment to individuals of all ages. She also work on assessing clients eligibility of programs, coordination of care, and linking clients to community services.  Mrs. Ella is taking new clients at this time! Please, give us a call to set up your next appointment.

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