map-marker San Jose, California

Saw for “counseling” for 3 years

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Basically, in short, ruined my life and my future. I find myself alone today because of Mrs Houghtons decisions. I can honestly say she is without a doubt, the worst person, ethically and morally, I have ever met in my entire life. But what do expect from someone who was indicted for sex trafficking minors. Please, do not let her ruin your life.
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User's recommendation: Avoid, avoid, avoid!!! Waste of time and money.

Kari V Uqm

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The WORST "therapist" there is...

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It feels so good to finally be able to tell the TRUTH about "Val"! It Started in 2019 when my bonus daughter had her mom's mom call us stating her mom & step dad had been beating her. There had been at least 2 CPS investigations prior to her calling us. Her mom never told us about that anything. It was basically like we didn't exist. Her mom always claimed her husband was the father, so nothing every made it to us. Somehow Valerie seems to think this is all ok. We had a full "witness statement" from the neighbor of where our daughter lived with her mom stating everything she heard and saw over the years and Valerie said she will get to it but never did. We had put our daughter into therapy when she first came home to us, and she loved her therapist, she trusted her. Valerie told our daughter that that therapist was "pointless". Our individual therapist actually LISTENED to our daughter and our daughter fully trusted her. Valerie didn't listen for *** and actually sided with the Mom. Most of the sessions Valerie would talk about her kids and family history, the other half would be her siding with my daughter's bio mom, or blaming my daughter for what happened. At one point, Valerie sent me some screenshots of something I posted on FB. It literally said, "Every first born daughter looks like the female version of her dad." What's wrong with that? What's wrong with that is, my page is private, so how did bio mom get it? Oh, I know...her husband is a hacker that works for Credit Karma. So Valerie also supports illegal activity (hacking). With all this being said, I feel that I have to point out that Valerie sided with bio mom from the start. She didn't listen to what our daughter had to say despite the reports and witness reports. THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN GIVEN A LICENSE TO BE A THERAPIST! There is so much more to our story, I just don't have time. Just google this piece of *** and you'll find lots of stuff like lawsuits against her and her husband! Have a look!
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Lisa C Okj

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Valerie Houghton is a violent sex trafficker

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Valerie lacks any empathy, although she knows a lot of terminology related to being a therapist. I could tell that she was in it for more than just the money. There was a lot of cruelty involved. She could have helped me in a million different ways and still made about the same amount of money. Valerie left my life in shambles. She also scarred my children. Because her service coincided with an active court case, I was hostage to whatever she wanted to do. Houghton has immense power because of her connections. When I was referred to her, I was merely an investment. She was there to extract all the money. Did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of any value for me. Even after I fired her she continued to influence my case. Although my experience was quite poor, Valerie is extremely bright and articulate. I would not hesitate to tell people to find someone else.
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User's recommendation: Stay away from Valerie

Bob G Idj

Valerie R Houghton poisoned me

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Marriage And Family Therapist Valerie Houghton - Valerie R Houghton poisoned me
Valerie Houghton lists her expertise as a therapist and family mediator. That is a bunch of BS. Valerie does not have ANY mediation skills. She does not know how to work out problems and seek reasonable solutions. If there is a problem, only one of two things will occur. (1) she will use the problem to her advantage. When I told her that my son was getting molested, she just used the information to get assets placed into trust. What a problem solver would have done is filed a request for an emergency screening. If anything, SHE IS LEGALLY MANDATED. (2) If you don't like the solution that she presents to you, Valerie Houghton will bully, harass, and POISON you. I didn't like my son getting molested or that my other children were being put in harms way. I also didn't like being cut out of my children's lives, so I complained. At this point mediation skills would have come int handy, but you need to have empathy to be able to do that. I think that most people could understand why I would be upset about my so getting molested or being estranged for no good reason. Valerie had no empathy. She just got ANGRY. I was subsequently stalked, harassed, hacked, threatened, and poisoned. Valerie only cared about herself, once again. How dare I complain? How dare I criticize anything that she does? How dare I try to fight for my kids and try to protect them? When you deal with Valerie, you are not dealing with a normal person. You can't assume that she will be conventional or reasonable.
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Kaiya Ifw

Valerie Houghton should not be making decisions for my children. Her values are not in line with the law, nor common morality.

I believe that she hides who she is behind her licenses and covert behavior. Nothing good can ever come to your kids if she is on your case. If the abuser gets complete custody of the kids, profits will certainly be maximized. Since it is all 'legal,' there is not much that you can do about it.

Valerie is well connected and is skilled at spreading money.

If you dare try, consequences will be severe. Your best bet is to disappear.

Ben Mfo
map-marker San Jose, California

Valerie Houghton extorted me

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Marriage And Family Therapist Valerie Houghton - Valerie Houghton extorted me
I told my attorney, Joshua Bentley, that my now ex-wife had made filings for a divorce. He then asked me what Department my case was in. Mr. Bentley then told me [in person] to text him for a referral to a family law attorney. I had to contact him several times over the next week and half to get that referral. When he finally got back to me, he referred me to Ms. Amini, who I then hired. Ms. Amini told me that she could not represent me if I did not hire a therapist to prepare me for my divorce. She then referred me to Valerie Houghton. I was emailed instructions to pay Ms. Houghton only in cash and not to tell anyone. Furthermore, Ms. Houghton stated several times to me that the judge [Honorable James E. Towery] would be angry should I fire either her or Ms. Amini. I asked Ms. Amini several times about needs for secrecy and cash payments. She never gave me an answer that made any sense. After paying about $30,000 between the two of them in a span of two months, I fired both of them. The next hearing Judge Towery vacated all of my hearings without my consent. These hearings included ones pertaining to custody and visitation. Judge Towery also consistently ruled against me and violated many Rules of Court to my detriment throughout the remaining proceedings. After the end of my divorce I carefully examined Ms. Houghton's website. She listed the Honorable Towery as a former employer and as a reference. Furthermore, Ms. Houghton had offered her services to my ex-wife after I fired her. It has been almost four years since I have last had contact with my children. There is nothing in the record that would indicate that it should be so. In fact, the police report which is the basis for no contact [that I subpoenaed] has been removed from the record against my objections. I informed Judge Towery of my intent to complain. The next day the record was uploaded into digital format. Many of my pleadings [1/3 of the record] are now missing. Ms. Houghton's website has also been removed from the internet []. Despite the Honorable Towery's obvious conflict of interest, he has refused to recuse himself. In fact, he has ordered that I not have contact with any of my four children for an additional 5 years. There is a pending complaint against him regarding this matter filed with the Commission on Judicial Performance. There also also pending complaints against Ms. Amini and Ms. Houghton with the State Bar of California. I have also filed a Civil Rights case against the Honorable Towery. Here is the link:****/Judge-James-E-Towery-Complaint-Superior-Court-of-California-County-of-Santa-Clara
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  • Fraud
  • Loss of children
  • Extortion
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Preferred solution: Full refund

Bob G Idj

She used lots of psychological terminology. It was all just an act.

Valerie never cared about me or my kids. She was only interested in the money. I told her that my ex-wife was letting an older man molest out 13 year old son. Instead of filing an order for an emergency screening, Houghton used to the information to force my ex-wife to give her $80,000 to be held in trust.

Everything was about her. She threatened me several times. Told me that if I ever fired her that the judge would get mad. I fired her right after she got the $80,000.

I was then cut out of my children's lives. She didn't care that no valid reason ever existed, or even presented. In fact, the judge couldn't even give me one of any kind. It was always about Houghton.

She is selfish, cruel, and callous. Most people feel bad when you are hurt. Most people cringe when children get molested. I complained about all that stuff because she left me no alternative.

Instead of trying to work it out, Valerie POISONED me.

Nothing is off the table with her. Houghton is entitled to anything that you have, including your health.

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Valerie Houghton told me that my kids would be "finished" without me. That was after she found out that my son was molested, so she was telling the truth.

Yet shortly thereafter I was ordered to not have contact with my children for three years.

The judge could not even give me a reason why. Valerie knew what was going on, but she "finished" the kids.

Kaiya Ifw
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Children getting sexually abused is the ultimate way for a family law attorney to make money. When complete custody is given to the abuser, the good parent is forced to pay to see the kids.

The sexual abuse is bound to continue.

The attorney collects a steady stream of money from the abuser in order to stay out of jail. The money stream continues until the kids turn 18.

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