• Vicki Vara

    Youth/Adolescent/Teen/Family Coach and Counselor

    Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to visit! As a compassionate teacher, school counselor, and wellness professional with over 20 years experience, I have developed a comprehensive and holistic counseling method to meet the needs of today's families. These counseling services include:

    • anxiety management
    • coping skills
    • self-advocacy
    • self-esteem and self-compassion building
    • sports counselor
    • family relationship building
    • personal health and wellness
    • study/time management skills

    With appointments both in-person or online, I look forward to helping you and your family.

    Please call or email for more information:

    vickivara@gmail.com/(973)865-0695

  • Skills

    Things I've picked up over the years

    Expertise

    Stress and anxiety management,

    Self-esteem, self-compassion, self-advocacy, and time management skill development

    Sports mental health counseling

    Family relationship development and coaching

    Individual and small group wellness coaching

     

     

    Methodology

    Solution-focused therapy infused with a person-centered focus

    Goal oriented strategies with an individualized detailed plan

    Holistic strategies emphasizing the mind-body connection

    Education and Training

    B.S. Exercise Science

    M.A. Professional and School Counseling

    Certified school counselor, certified college counselor, personal trainer, fitness coach, holistic nutrition practitioner, and k-12 educator

    Affiliations

    American Counseling Association

    American School Counseling Association

    Florida School Counseling Association

    American Council on Exercise

    State College of Florida

  • Testimonials

    From the people I've had the privilege to work with

    Alex

    High School Student

    After suffering from anxiety and depression for several years, Vicki has finally helped me discover ways to manage my anxiety flare ups and understand my triggers. She has helped me learn to advocate for myself and find a balance between school, friends, and work. I have a new confidence that has helped me in all aspects of my life and I am encouraged to continue pursuing my educational goals.

    Morgan

    College Student

    I found Vicki after meeting with another counselor that wasn't a good fit. She has been helping me actually get to the root of my problems instead of finding temporary fixes like previous therapists I’ve had. I’ve recommended her to multiple people and truly believe that she would be a good fit for all kinds of people. Overall, she is a wonderful listener and an exceptional problem solver. I have 100% faith in her abilities as a therapist and would highly recommend her to anyone.

    Thomas

    High Student and Lacrosse Player

    Vicki has been working with my mom and I to help build my portfolio for when I apply to college. She designed me an off-season lifting program, helped with my nutrition, and worked with me on my coach emails for recruiting. I like talking things through with Vicki and she encourages me to make decisions to help me now and in the future.

    Jennifer

    Middle School Student Parent

    I am so thankful for the day I was introduced to Vicki. My middle school daughter and I have been struggling with our relationship after my husband and I split, and life felt like it was spiraling out of control. Vicki's kind and patient disposition helped us all to take a breath and learn how to communicate as a family. She met with each of us individually, and as a group, and helped my daughter manage her emotions and advocate for herself both with her family and at school. We all look forward to our sessions and are encouraged to continue to set and reach new and exciting goals!

    Celia

    Business Professional

    I have always considered myself physically fit doing sports and dance growing up, but I have struggled with weight loss and keeping it off my entire life. Under the personal training and diet mentorship of Vicki Vara, I have transformed my body in a way I never thought possible. My arms, legs and abs are more toned than they have ever been! I am proud of the strength and endurance progress I have made as well. Vicki has provided me with great nutritional plans and has made me aware of making better food choices. My goal has been to lose the final 5 pounds (the hardest ones to lose) and keep them off. With her nutritional guidance and workout plans, I have reached that goal. The biggest change, however, has been in my self-confidence and the pride I have in my body. I look forward to each session with Vicki and feel incomplete if I ever must miss for any reason. Most importantly, Vicki truly cares about all her clients. Her workouts are diverse, very challenging and tailored specifically to my physical activity level and designed to push me past my comfort zone. We discuss fitness goals often and she encourages me towards them, keeping me accountable along the way. She is a dear friend and the best personal trainer I have ever worked with. I am in the best shape of my life thanks to Vicki’s guidance and I look forward to what the future will hold as I continue to train with her.

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    I look forward to hearing from you

    Monday-Saturday by appointment
    (973) 865-0695