Spotlighting Continuum EAP's Valerie Williams

Spotlighting Continuum EAP's Valerie Williams

A member of the Continuum EAP team for more than three years, Valerie Williams is best known for helping clients and member companies achieve their goals. In addition to her passion for her work, Valerie has other interests that we are excited to shine a light on.

What is one unique thing about your childhood? I experienced growing up in the city and on a farm, so I feel at home in either setting. I loved playing in the dirt but also adored the glamour of high fashion.

What’s your secret talent? Equanimity (Definition: Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.)

What’s the most recent show you’ve binge-watched? The Handmaid's Tale. It isn't something I'd normally watch, but it hooked me after the second episode.

What is your motto or personal mantra? Don't make things harder than they need to be.

What habit do you have now that you wish you started much earlier in life? I began learning mindfulness about six years ago and would have benefited from having those skills in my younger adult years. I think it would've lessened my perfectionist tendencies sooner!

Tell us a little bit about your family. My mom was the oldest of 13 kids, and I have six siblings, so family gatherings are always large (and loud). My three kids are in college now and I love being an empty nester. It’s awesome having an extended family that celebrates each other and supports each other through hard times.

If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as your mentor? This is easy... Carl Jung! His work in psychology fascinates me and influences a lot of my therapeutic style.

Why did you pursue a profession in the mental health field? I have been intrigued with wanting to understand "what makes people tick" since taking a high school psychology class. I am a late bloomer though, just starting in the field 7 years ago.

What is your favorite part of the job? I really enjoy being part of another’s journey in a supportive way, to hear their story and help create space for the hard work of growth and change.

What three words would you use to describe Continuum EAP? Integrity. Professionalism. Camaraderie.

What makes Continuum EAP unique/special? There is a great feeling of teamwork. Our services are driven by a standard of excellence that in my opinion surpasses other EAPs.

What are three career lessons you have learned thus far? 1) I will never stop learning (which I am happy about). 2) Attending to my own well-being is necessary to be present in my work. 3) We all feel our pain 100%.

What tips would you give someone struggling with a personal relationship? I usually recommend that a person, "Stay in their own lane." We disempower ourselves by fault finding and believing others are responsible for us. Doing a little self-soothing can help us slow down reactivity and better regulate emotions. Look for what’s going well, and build on that.

Our Customers Say it Best

  • Hexagon Lincoln
    Hexagon Lincoln

    “Hexagon views Continuum EAP as a key business partner and a valued resource for our employee populace. Continuum provides high-quality — and confidential — educational and counseling services for “Team Hexagon.” The professional staff is always available and willing to help at a moment’s notice.”
    - Matt Becker, Human Resources Manager, Hexagon Lincoln

  • NebraskaLand National Bank
    NebraskaLand National Bank

    “Continuum has been such a great benefit for NebraskaLand National Bank. Once a month we offer employees a “Lunch ‘N Learn” where we feature a Continuum HelpNet webinar and provide lunch. We have received great feedback from employees and attendance continues to increase each month.”
    - Stacey Dawkins, Human Resources, NebraskaLand National Bank

  • Lincoln Electric System
    Lincoln Electric System

    “Continuum remains proactive in offering monthly workshops that address what organizations are currently experiencing in today’s work environment. They are also a great resource when wanting to bring customized training on site to address topics relevant to the larger employee population. The Continuum staff has been professional, helpful, cooperative and effective.”
    - Anita Schinstock, Learning & Development, Lincoln Electric System

  • Duncan Aviation

    "We look to Continuum as a strategic partner, in helping our employees cope with stress at work and at home, which leads to improved work performance, decreased absenteeism, and greater workforce retention."
    - Leon Holloway, Team Member Services Manager, Duncan Aviation

  • Assurity Life Insurance
    Assurity Life Insurance

    "Continuum is part of Assurity's high performance culture. Trust has been created for associates who use their services for personal life issues but also for work issues whether they refer themselves or a supervisor refers them. Continuum's expertise demonstrated by all staff aligns to our mission and values and helps associates understand there are resources available for them and their families. The value the Assurity Team receives from Continuum is a measure of performance and risk management. I have worked with them for over 20 years and would choose them over the other two employee assistance programs that I have worked with."
    - Jan Zoucha, Assurity Life Insurance

  • NE State College System
    NE State College System

    "The Nebraska State College System has been very pleased with the services we've received from Continuum. Continuum's experience and expertise have served our employees and College administrators very well. Continuum is extremely responsive and skilled at coaching, consulting, and providing a variety of employee assistance services. In addition, our employee feedback from training sessions has been very positive."
    - Kristen Petersen, General Counsel & Vice Chancellor, NE State College System

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