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Karen VanWyk, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

“Why is this happening to me?” “How can I trust myself to make the right decisions?” “Will I always be a people pleaser instead of looking out for myself?” “Why can’t I be happy right now?” Are questions like these consuming your thoughts? Do you often experience feelings of helplessness and hopelessness?
Sometimes we need guidance to get past emotional turmoil and back on a path towards contentment in our lives. Therapy can help with navigating through life’s problems by setting and accomplishing goals to help you return to good mental health with personal and/or professional growth. Therapy is an inviting place where every single part of you is welcome, even the parts that are uncomfortable to share. You are encouraged to allow yourself to experience any emotion or thought freely.
Hello and welcome! I am from the great state of Texas and have been an accomplished psychotherapist for 30 years. I have a broad range of clinical expertise in assisting individuals, couples and families. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, depression, coping with grief and loss, as well as other equally important issues. It is my genuine hope that every client journeys along their therapeutic path with a renewed sense of understanding and self-appreciation.
This is truly my life’s calling and it is wonderful to be able to watch people make positive changes in their lives. Throughout the years, I have been able to build rapport quickly with compassion and empathy towards my clients who have ranged in ages from 4 to 104.
I have found that utilizing an integrative therapeutic approach is beneficial to meet each individual’s unique needs. This treatment, along with a wealth of life experience, offers a more flexible and inclusive perspective to assist in navigating through unhealthy lifestyle patterns.
The first step is the hardest and here you are! Getting started can be pretty scary — to talk to someone you do not know about things that make you uncomfortable, sad, angry, overjoyed, or embarrassed — but I would like to reassure you that this process is here to help you grow. If you seek to have a voice in the direction of your therapy and view the therapeutic relationship as a partnership, then I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and begin your healing journey.
Tell me your story.




Professional experience

29yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Somatization, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

TX LCSW 41704

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karen VanWyk. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

From the first time we messaged I felt listened to and heard and she comes from a place of truly wanting to help. I appreciate having her help me walk through daily struggles.

Written on Jun 26, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Where do I start? Since day one Karen has been AMAZING. I always look forward to our calls. She’s always checking up on me & engages so well! Truly happy & blessed I got her as my therapist! Wouldn’t want to change her for the world. Karen thank you for all your help, advices, & guidance. You are the BEST!

Written on Jun 10, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, com

Love working with Karen!

Written on Jun 09, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Karen is fantastic. So thoughtful and easy to work with.

Written on May 21, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

I have only had 3 sessions with Karen VanWyk so far. It’s still early in, however I believe I have been placed with a wonderful therapist. When Karen introduced herself and sent me her bio and professional background, I was very pleased and hopeful that she would be able to help me because her back ground, experience and training is extensive, impressive, and exactly what I’ve been searching for. In the past, I’ve had a couple bad counseling experiences that caused me to stop trying to reach out for help as I was hoping to learn how to navigate through relational issues as well, I needed help resolving areas of grief. However recently, I have come to the end of my road of trying to do this alone with just me and God. And I decided to give counseling one more try. I prayed for God to hand pick and guide me the counselor who would really care and listen, and who would know exactly how to help guide me to healing and wisdom on how to approach and handle certain relational issues and pressures that sometimes arise. I also prayed for someone who could help me to learn how to let go of long harbored sorrow, and help me heal from trauma that started way back in my childhood and then later again in my adult life. So far, I have found that Karen is a very patient listener, and stays very positive and her warmth and smile always puts me at ease. What I love about Karen is that after every session, she will respond fairly quickly with a summary of each therapy session and will extend her thoughts, perspective, and suggestions to help me. Karen seems to genuinely care about helping me. I’m taking it one day at a time, and I’m grateful that God let our paths cross and so far am hopeful that she can help me. I believe I have found a safe place in Karen and that means everything to me. We all need a safe place where we can become vulnerable in order to heal and not regret reaching out for help.

Written on May 21, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

My therapist GETS me, she truly does!!!

Written on May 14, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd