Hello! I am excited to be considered as your counselor and friend! I have spent the last 25+ years counseling many diverse people as a minister, Army and hospital chaplain, and now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I hold a doctorate in management and three Master degrees (counseling, religion, ministry), but I also hold a passion for help people who feel lost, broken, abandoned, anxious, or traumatized. I am deeply concerned for the well being of marriages and have lots of experience dealing with couples including those surviving infidelity. I also am a Certified Family Trauma Professional and trained in approaches that help treat trauma. Moreover, as a chaplain I am well acquainted with grief and loss including the loss of a child. My counseling approach is integrative, using aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Constructivist, Solution-Focused, mindfulness, family systems, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. I tend to be analytical and curious. I also try to make the experience fun when I can!
The following link allows you take a personality test that will allow me to get to know you: https://bigfive-test.com/ .
P.S. Some notes that help me know about you:
1. Make sure you are in Texas, and I know where you are. If you leave the state, we have to postpone sessions.
2. Make sure no one is in the room with you.
3. Make sure you dress appropriately (casual is okay!)
4. If someone joins the session, make sure they view the informed consent and approved by working with Betterhelp.
5. When you first post, I need the following information:
A. Your family situation
B. Any individual and family past mental health diagnosis' and medications you are on with mg.
C. Describe briefly your social support right now.
D. Tell me briefly of any traumas you have in your story.
E. Any relevant medical conditions that affect your mental well-being.
F. Any developmental delays growing up.
G. Any substance abuse or addictions that are relevant for us.
H. What your strengths and limitations are.
F. Finally, more specifics on your presenting problem.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Posttraumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Sex Addiction , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LMFT #202992 (Expires: 2023-01-31)
Nothing bad to say about Rev VanHook, I've only talked to him once and he was good at helping me talk through a couple of problems. More sessions will reveal how it goes.
I am making sufficient and sustainable progress working with Reverend VanHook. He is agile in his methodology and prescription to meet current and future needs and obstacles.
He actually really cares specifically about other people. I have no doubt he is praying foe his patients.
I have only met with Larry once but our initial conversation was very open and productive. Would recommend him to a friend if asked.
I love this platform.
Rev. VanHook is a strong, Christ centered counsellor with a strong Biblical foundation. He helped me find purpose again and I highly recommend him.
I appreciate the time and effort Rev. Vanhook has put in he has helped save my marriage by showing me with and without the Bible how to be a better man, husband and father.
Rev. VanHook immediately understood what was burdening me and found a program to help me heal.
Rev. Vanhook is great! He is knowledgeable about military service and understands how deployment affects family relationships.
Larry has been very helpful by just listening and offering his practical wisdom.
He has very original and innovative ways to spur my imagination by expanding my way of thinking.
Rev. VanHook was extremely helpful to me over the pandemic while I was experiencing emotional lows and job burnout. Rev. VanHook is very compassionate and dedicated to his clients. He is flexible and has a great balance of being present while also offering tools to help change unhelpful thoughts. I was also in need of the spiritual component that he brings. It's made a big difference. I would highly recommend!
Reverend VanHook has offered thoughtful and scripture based wisdom and advice.
Mr.Vanhook is amazing. He is very very understanding. He is very great with his words. If I could hire him as my personal counselor I would! I might pay him for another session.
Great to work with
He is super awesome. He knows his stuff. Definitely recommend
Rev. VanHook is very amenable and conscientious. He is able to guide and counsel with insight and purpose. I have felt uplifted with the sessions we are having.
Dr VanHook is the only counselor I have trusted.
Very helpful; truly concerned with the issues affecting me and trying very hard to help. The sessions helped a lot.
I really like BetterHelp! And my counselor is fabulous! He always makes me take a step back, and look at things differently.
Rev. Larry has great communication and understanding skills. I've only had a couple sessions with him and yet he has already helped me so much. He completely understands my situation and problems and I feel like he truly cares about helping g me solve them. All around great person
Dr. Vanhook is a very professional individual. I appreciate his patience and understanding with my situation. He helped me at very crucial point in my life, for this I will always be thankful.
Dr Van Hook is very calm and collected and does not pry for information. He takes the info as it comes from you. A very gentle approach.
I'm a wounded combat veteran who's spent the last 17 years dealing with the effects of multiple combat tours. Initially, I walked into counseling because my wife and I wanted to tune-up our marriage. Eventually, there were issues that arose from my military experience that I wasn't dealing with and had buried for years that were affecting all aspects of my life. I'd done therapy before for PTSD, but there were "soul wounds" I was having a tough time processing. Luckily, Larry is a military chaplain who understands the struggles of soldiers and suggested EMDR together. I'd heard good things, but man... it's changed my life. Larry was able to cut through the BS with me and we worked hard on areas I've kept long protected. Incorporating my faith in the healing process has been essential too. I can't recommend this man enough!
I enjoy speaking with Rev. VanHook. He is knowledgeable and compassionate.
I enjoy my sessions & Dr. VanHook has a very flexible schedule that I appreciate. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Very knowledgeable and approachable.
Dr VanHook was helping me in a very difficult time, he was speaking with empathy and supporting me with the truth I needed. Thank you Dr. VanHook! I am lucky and blessed to have met you here!
I have gone to counseling in the past, but my time with BetterHelp and Dr. VanHook have been the most productive therapy sessions in which I have participated to date. He responds to my issues promptly and professionally, is a great listener, and is quick to give useful and practical advice that I find useful in my own personal life.
I really appreciate Dr. VanHook's ability to combine current mental health knowledge with biblical principles. I always feel listened to and he has helped me work through my relationships effectively!
Larry is amazing. I was very hesitant to start therapy, but he has been incredible to work with so far. He is knowledgeable, wise, very friendly and caring. He is slowly helping me to come out of my shell and learn to trust again.
Dr. VanHook is very knowledgeable, and is easy to talk to. He is encouraging and I feel heard and understood. Highly recommend!
I think the greatest thing about Dr. VanHook is his relationship with God. That in itself is so inspiring and He makes me want to love God even more. He is also a great listener, is not quick to give a reply/advice but takes his time to allow the client to process. It's the most calming thing ever! It's just week two and I'm already making progress. I pray that God rewards this man.
He’s the best. Caring, attentive. Great written communication - you always know what he thinks and what his schedule is.
Dr. VanHook is very attentive and does not miss a chance to follow up with his clients. I really appreciate his help, and would highly recommend his services to friends and family.
Great, great, GREAT! Lovely counselor with a lot of knowledge, techniques and wisdom. Most importantly I for one am resistant to accepting advice from people who don't "walk the talk" and Larry Vanhook as a human being gives credibility to his methods because he's pretty damn great, wise and all-around lovely.
Dr VanHook has been very helpful to give me new perspective on my depression and the crisis situation that pushed me to seek out BetterHelp.
Dr. VanHook is the best. He’s helped me so much and I couldn’t thank him enough.
I went into therapy unsure as to what to expect. Dr. VanHook has made it incredibly easy to delve into guiding me through the process. I have found the live and texting sessions as incredibly insightful and helpful in resolving, identifying and processing my concerns.
Very nice and informative!
Does a phenomenal job helping with whatever situation you’re dealing with. I’ve been in contact with Dr. VanHook for a month and enjoyed every session we had. He’s given me some many tools and advice to get over my obstacles.
Attentive and insightful are the best words to describe Dr. Vanhook. In the beginning of my sessions I admit I had a lot of baggage, but 4 months in, I feel I’m in a way better place thanks to God and him.
I have grown to become a better person. I thank him for that.
Dr. Vanhook is definitely seasoned with his years in therapy. He was quick to diagnose my issue within the 1st 10 mins of us chatting. He is to the point...and sends helpful tools to refer back to.
Dr. VanHook has been very patient, supportive and informative with me. I greatly appreciated his calm demeanor when it was time for me to share intimate details of my past that I have never shared with anyone. I can’t thank him enough for creating such a safe environment for me to finally take down my walls.
Very knowledgeable in helping people get to the healthy place in there lives.
He’s just fantastic. Enough said. I have high standards.
I just want to say thank you, really. I'm living better than I have in years, maybe even a decade. I'm finally healing old wounds and smashing through milestones, and you've played and integral role in my getting there. So thank you. :)
Dr. VanHook continues to help me improve as I move beyond my season of trauma. He is so patient with me and truly is selfless in his care for me.
His encouragement and assurance makes every day easier than the last.
I can feel myself improving!
He is amazing. I highly recommend his services!
Dr. Vanhook really expanded my way of thinking, as I deal with anxiety and my depression.
It has been a pleasure working with Dr. VanHook. Easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and an all-round great guy.
He is a good listener and solution finder.
Great counselor willing to do both video and messaging and is reasonably quick to reply. He also knows what he’s talking about and gives you helpful resources.
Dr VanHook responded very quickly to my first communication, assuring that he was there for me. His manner is of genuine caring and concern. He has given me ‘tools’ to help understand and change my unwanted behavior. I believe he is a Christian, helping others in a very appropriate fashion. I would be glad to recommend Dr.VanHook for his services.
I really like Dr. Van Hook. He is kind and compassionate and very calm.
Dr. Van Hook has been very helpful to me. He responds quickly. He is understanding and gives practical advice and gives his experience as a Christian. The scriptures he would share were comforting.
I would feel confident in using Dr. Van Hook again.
Dr. Van Hook is amazing. He’s a great listener, offers wonderful advice, communicates with me more as a friend rather than a doctor. He shows concern for my well being which makes me feel safe, like I can tell him anything. He’s a great guy and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling with anything going on in their life.
Dr. Van Hook has been truly inspirational and amazing! I am one not to seek outside help for my problems but I have hit a major crossroad in my life and needed this help. Once I was partnered with Dr. Van Hook he was quick to engage and be a moral and supportive individual. I enjoy our conversations as he will give you different ways to mentally process different situations and thoughts. Thank you Dr. Van Hook for your continued help!