Rev. Larry VanHook

(DM, M.Div, MA)
Therapist Rev. Larry VanHook Photo

About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
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

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #202992 (Expires: 2023-01-31)


Reviews

Written by S.K. on Oct 04, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

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.

Written by B.U. on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

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.

Written by E.R. on Aug 01, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He actually really cares specifically about other people. I have no doubt he is praying foe his patients.

Written by N.I. on Jul 25, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coaching

I have only met with Larry once but our initial conversation was very open and productive. Would recommend him to a friend if asked.

Written by L.I. on Jul 22, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

I love this platform.

Written by J.A. on Jul 02, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 8 months

Rev. VanHook is a strong, Christ centered counsellor with a strong Biblical foundation. He helped me find purpose again and I highly recommend him.

Written by B.I. on May 27, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

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.

Written by C.H. on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Rev. VanHook immediately understood what was burdening me and found a program to help me heal.

Written by K.A. on Apr 06, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Rev. Vanhook is great! He is knowledgeable about military service and understands how deployment affects family relationships.

Written by T.E. on Mar 15, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Larry has been very helpful by just listening and offering his practical wisdom.

Written by R.I. on Mar 09, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

He has very original and innovative ways to spur my imagination by expanding my way of thinking.

Written by K.E. on Mar 04, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

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!

Written by K.A. on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd

Reverend VanHook has offered thoughtful and scripture based wisdom and advice.

Written by D.E. on Dec 20, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

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.

Written by K.E. on Dec 01, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Great to work with

Written by L.I. on Oct 19, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

He is super awesome. He knows his stuff. Definitely recommend

Written by D.A. on Oct 12, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

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.

Written by J.E. on Oct 12, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coaching

Dr VanHook is the only counselor I have trusted.

Written by N.A. on Sep 27, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Very helpful; truly concerned with the issues affecting me and trying very hard to help. The sessions helped a lot.

Written by M.I. on Aug 06, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I really like BetterHelp! And my counselor is fabulous! He always makes me take a step back, and look at things differently.

Written by C.A. on Aug 02, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

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

Written by E.R. on Jul 16, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by T.A. on Jul 16, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

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.

Written by B.E. on Jun 24, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, coaching, and compassion fatigue

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!

Written by E.R. on Jun 22, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I enjoy speaking with Rev. VanHook. He is knowledgeable and compassionate.

Written by C.H. on May 27, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

I enjoy my sessions & Dr. VanHook has a very flexible schedule that I appreciate. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Written by N.O. on Apr 27, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Very knowledgeable and approachable.

Written by L.E. on Apr 27, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

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!

Written by J.O. on Apr 19, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by I.V. on Apr 14, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and anger management

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!

Written by R.A. on Apr 12, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

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.

Written by R.O. on Mar 20, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. VanHook is very knowledgeable, and is easy to talk to. He is encouraging and I feel heard and understood. Highly recommend!

Written by I.M. on Mar 08, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by S.E. on Mar 03, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

He’s the best. Caring, attentive. Great written communication - you always know what he thinks and what his schedule is.

Written by H.E. on Jan 20, 2020 after therapy with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues

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.

Written by M.E. on Dec 30, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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.

Written by N.I. on Dec 30, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

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.

Written by M.E. on Nov 26, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr. VanHook is the best. He’s helped me so much and I couldn’t thank him enough.

Written by L.I. on Oct 21, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and adhd

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.

Written by J.A. on Sep 25, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Very nice and informative!

Written by M.A. on Aug 04, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by M.A. on Jul 07, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by S.T. on May 28, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

I have grown to become a better person. I thank him for that.

Written by V.A. on May 28, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

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.

Written by B.A. on Mar 21, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

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.

Written by N.I. on Mar 20, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Very knowledgeable in helping people get to the healthy place in there lives.

Written by J.O. on Mar 07, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and adhd

He’s just fantastic. Enough said. I have high standards.

Written by B.R. on Feb 23, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 6 months

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. :)

Written by C.A. on Feb 05, 2019 after therapy with Larry for 6 months

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!

Written by C.H. on Dec 16, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

He is amazing. I highly recommend his services!

Written by J.A. on Nov 13, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management

Dr. Vanhook really expanded my way of thinking, as I deal with anxiety and my depression.

Written by B.L. on Nov 01, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

It has been a pleasure working with Dr. VanHook. Easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and an all-round great guy.

Written by L.A. on Oct 26, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

He is a good listener and solution finder.

Written by J.O. on Oct 08, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

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.

Written by C.I. on Aug 27, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning family, self esteem, and anger

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.

Written by L.A. on Aug 15, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger

I really like Dr. Van Hook. He is kind and compassionate and very calm.

Written by G.W. on Aug 14, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and self esteem

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.

Written by J.B. on Jul 20, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks

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.

Written by C.H. on Jun 06, 2018 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, anger, and career

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!