Larry Westenberg

LCSW
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About Me

I have been a professional counselor for nearly 40 years. I started out on a 'back ward' of a state mental hospital, counseling extremely mentally ill people, and helping them to access their resources, use their strengths and improve the quality of their lives. It was a tremendous challenge. At that time, I had my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and no other training. The State system allowed people to do counseling who had no training in counseling whatsoever. In fact, many of them had never been to college. I discovered the 'uneducated counselors' were usually MUCH more effective at helping their clients. They were not 'full of themselves' and their degrees. Instead, they used what they knew about helping people, did what they could, and learned to help people by figuring out what worked as they went along. They also expected the same from the people they were counseling - that they would use the resources they had, do their best, and get better at improving their lives. Meanwhile, the majority of the 'professional therapists' with extensive degrees were lost in their long explanations and mythologies that tried to explain the patient's behavior, and they often developed bizarre theories and treatment methods they imagined would make the patients get better.

When you make a connection to another person in counseling, you offer them a safe space to "step out of themselves," and discuss their own behavior from a different perspective of detached observation. Recognizing your own skills and the tools you have can help you make meaningful changes strategically, that utilize your own abilities.

I specialize in trauma, anxiety and panic, ADD, and finding meaning in life. I have extensive training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and am a published author in the field of Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP. I enjoy helping others uncover treasure within themselves.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #149008012 (Expires: 2023-11-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Larry Westenberg. 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.

Written by J.O. on Apr 28, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

It has been wonderful talking with Larry. O feel these sessions have really helped me understand my problems

Written by C.L. on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 5 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

He's chill I dig his style

Written by J.A. on Mar 26, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and coping with life changes

He is awesome for me

Written by J.I. on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Larry was very helpful in getting me to recognize source of some of my reactions and behaviors and work through them. All with an upbeat demeanor. Strongly recommend him.

Written by K.A. on Mar 06, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, adhd, intimacy-related issues, addictions, and bipolar disorder

I really appreciate his expertise, advice, and sense of humor!

Written by P.E. on Feb 24, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I have never done therapy before and so I had a very specific view of what a therapist was. In all the best ways possible Larry shattered those views. He's upbeat, interactive, and creates an environment where you feel relaxed. His tools of communication really helped me in the short time I had with him. If you're looking for someone with wit, personality, integrity, and skill then Larry is your guy.

Written by K.A. on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Larry is very inviting. He’s not like other Therapist I had. he’s really silly and I love that. life can make your serious all the time and he make you laugh and loosen up. He is what you call free spirited and accepts who you are a a individual.

Written by K.A. on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Larry is a very open minded and hilarious therapist. He listens to my concerns and gives me reasonable and achievable advice. I would highly recommend!!

Written by A.V. on Jan 23, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, anger management, and intimacy-related issues

Although Larry and I have only worked with each other for a few months now, it feels like we have known each other our entire lives. It was an instant connection. Amazing listener, great conversationalist. He has a way of making you understand your thoughts so clearly without doing much but listening and BONUS he’s extremely funny. I’m so grateful for him.

Written by J.A. on Jan 14, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and career difficulties

Larry is great would recommend him to others in need.

Written by A.L. on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Listening and great and available. Offers things to intervene