If you have children together, your connection will not be severed. Collaborative Law is a excellent option because it offers a way to resolve necessary matters without irrevocably damaging the relationship with the other parent.
My name is Valerie Anne Demming and I am a Mental Health Professional and Child Specialist with Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals. I am an experienced therapist who has worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families for the last 25 years.
I was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska and attended college at University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated with a Bachelors in Education with a minor in Psychology in 1975. In 1984 I graduated with a Masters in Community Counseling with a certification in Elementary School Counseling. I was employed as an elementary teacher for thirteen years and ten years as an Elementary School Counselor in the Fairbanks area. After moving to Anchorage in 2002, I attended Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center graduating with my Doctorate in Psychology in 2009. I have operated my Private Counseling Practice since 1993 in Fairbanks and now in Anchorage.
I have extensive knowledge in the area of child development and behavior. I have worked in the counseling setting with numerous children whose parents are in the process of divorcing or have obtained a divorce. I have additional training from The Grief and Loss Center in Ft. Collins Colorado, which has been invaluable with my work with children, and adults who have gone through or are going through the divorce process.
My work for my doctorate was focused on Self-Injury of female adolescents. I have counseled many teens, male and female, that have chosen this behavior to cope with life stressors. Another focus of my practice is working with clients that have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused.
I appreciate and am dedicated to working with the other professionals and clients in the Collaborative divorce process as we work together to assist our clients in a dignified and civil manner to come together to make decisions concerning their lives.
I assist families as a family law collaborative attorney, a mediator, and a parenting coordinator. I have exclusively practiced family law since 2007. My focus is to help families reduce the conflict of a divorce or custody case by finding creative solutions that both participants can live with going forward. My experience has been that litigation harms families, financially and emotionally, and supporting families who wish to avoid litigation can help them move more quickly to the next stage of life.
I practice law with my husband at the law firm of Sato & Sato, LLC. We are small firm focused on providing individualized attention to our clients. We believe strongly in supporting the community financially and through pro bono or other volunteer work. We were awarded an Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 2016 in recognition of our involvement in the legal community. I recently finished five years as the Secretary of the Dimond Swim Team Booster Club and currently sit on the Boards of the Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Professional Mediators of Alaska.