Dr. Scott Anstadt

(Ph.D, LCSW)

About Me

Hello, This is Scott Anstadt, Ph,D, LCSW, a seasoned clinician with decades of academic and counseling experience. Empathic, direct, and practical in approach using a wide range of evidenced based tools to make our time most meaningful and enhance your everyday life concerns. Flexible in approach to build in regular and strategic contacts and coaching. Enjoy working with older adults, periods of transition and adjustment, and grief issues.
Overall, I use an eclectic approach from an evidenced based perspective. This includes strategic use of skills in: family systems, gestalt, narrative, CBT, person centered, and existential theoretical frameworks. I have worked extensively with individuals, groups, and families. I have also taught clinical courses at the University level for almost a decade.
I seek to be of service to those who could take advantage of the convenience, flexibility, and mobility that online has to offer and time to offer thoughtful and deliberate interventions with persons who desire a compassionate, reflective, and genuine presence in their lives. I use a wholistic lifestyle approach and flexible, regular interventions tied to a client's lifestyle arena. The online platform allows for creativity in using this approach in terms of length of sessions, time of sessions, and strategic contacts.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 34

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #AZ LCSW 10218 (Expires: 2021-04-30)

LICSW #KS 3860 (Expires: 2020-08-31)


Reviews

Written by C.L. on Jun 25, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 8 months on issues concerning addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, and eating disorders

Dr. Anstadt (Scott) is a really wonderful person and a very effective counsellor. We worked together for 8 months and he was always calm, patient and understanding. He is an excellent listener, intuitive and insightful and I would recommend him highly. I will be sorry to stop our sessions because I really looked forward to our weekly meetings but I do believe I don’t need counselling at present and that with Scott’s help I have worked through some major challenges with life changing effect.

Written by L.O. on Jun 25, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr A helped me through a very rough time in my life. He had good insight and helped me to see possibilities. He is an excellent counselor.

Written by E.R. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 2 years and 6 months

Dr. Anstadt has been my counsellor for the past 3 years via BetterHelp and working with him has helped me immeasurably. His kind and caring positive regard and carefully considered feedback have been a weekly bastion in a tumultuous life and have helped me achieve a lot of personal and professional goals. What stands out for me about Dr. A compared to other therapists I've worked with is his gentle and kind demeanor and his preparedness. During the week it was not uncommon for me to send him messages via the app, especially when I was struggling to cope, and he always responded within a few hours with affirming feedback. At our next session I could always tell he had thought carefully about my concerns and prepared specific and relevant suggestions and tools for me to try and implement. This built a strong foundation of trust in our therapeutic relationship which I came to rely on and be really grateful for especially when unexpected grief or crises emerged. Having Dr. A as a consistent and respectful presence in my life was a resource I will never take for granted and now that I'm moving on to live for a time without regular therapy the tools and resources I've developed with his guidance will be a regular part of my self care and professional success. I fully intent to continue therapy with Dr. A if and when I decide it's right for me to begin regular sessions again. I cannot recommend Dr. A highly enough, his experience and personal devotion are evident in each and every session.

Written by K.I. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 4 months

Experienced, relaxed yet professional. Everything you could hope for in a counsellor - you will not be disappointed in Dr Anstadt- A top shelf bloke and professional counsellor.

Written by S.O. on Apr 10, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I am pleased to have Dr. Anstadt my councilor for more than 6 months. I had many issues. He is a good listener and has much patience. He is super caring. He responds and comments to every post I send him quickly. He helped me overcome many issues with many techniques and contentious dialogue. He helped and encouraged me to see my potential and change my carrier. He is really wonderful, professional and great. I trust betterhelp because of him. I hope all the best and blessings for him

Written by S.H. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Very calm and understanding even with advanced problems. Would definitely recommend this therapist.

Written by J.E. on Mar 14, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Doctor Anstadt ,or Dr Scott as I called him, is absolutely amazing and to be honest is a lot like Yoda in the way he gets you to look at things and understand what is going on inside your head. Especially when you are having a hard time and need to work things out. I would absolutely recommend him and will look for his help again should I need it.

Written by F.L. on Feb 24, 2020 after counseling with Scott for 1 month

Dr Anstadt was very helpful in dealing with my issues and listened carefully to my situation before giving a relevant and thoughtful opinion. He guided me in the right direction and now feel like I don't need him anymore, which is the goal :)

Written by R.A. on Dec 26, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

I came to Dr Scott at a time in my life when I felt lost and overwhelmed by life in general. He patiently listened to me, and helped me figure out how I want to handle these issues.
He is an excellent therapists whom I am fortunate to have been introduced to via BetterHelp. When I am ready again, I will definitely be back to continue working on other areas in my life that I need to fine tune or develop. With gratitude and in appreciation,

Written by L.U. on Dec 18, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

I have worked with Dr Anstadt on a couple of occasions. He has been incredibly helpful, attentive, and caring while providing excellent advice to help with a variety of situations. If I return (again) I would like to continue to work with him.

Written by R.E. on Dec 11, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

He is extremely kind and attentive to my concerns and my state of mind, he has been an incredible help so far, I look forward to continue this journey with him.

Written by M.O. on Oct 10, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Anstadt is a kind man. His compassionate nature is appreciated and helpful in guiding me through a difficult personal time. He is unwavering in his support and understanding - and he truly is with me through this. He is gentle and offers subtle nudges to help me explore situations in ways I wouldn't have been able to see otherwise. I am beyond grateful for having Dr. Anstadt's support and guidance. I am truly blessed to have been matched with him. Thank you, Dr. Anstadt!

Written by C.O. on Sep 17, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Anstadt has been a great help to me in times of extreme distress and has always provided reflective and critical advice whenever needed to. He's a great listener and has always been punctual with time and meetings as well as being very understanding with any issues.

Written by C.A. on Jul 19, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Anstadt is one of the best counselors I've ever worked with. I was working with him for almost a year and the amount of progress I made was wonderful. I made significant steps towards learning about myself and gaining confidence about myself, learning how to stand up for myself when it was right and knowing my own limits while still striving to be better. I hope to continue working with him in the future as the only thing that got in the way was a new job and time zones. Absolutely amazing working with him!

Written by M.A. on Jul 09, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have worked with Dr Anstadt for just over a year now. I can confidently say he is the best counsellor I have ever had. I was very closed off in the beginning and he was very patient and supportive in waiting for me to open up. He helps me to manage both big and small issues by helping me to challenge my thought patterns and suggesting new positive actions. He is very responsive and answers every journal post within 24 hours, which I really appreciate. Even when he is challenging you, he does so in a gentle way so you always feel he is on your side. And he seems to always know the right thing to say :) my time with him has been very valuable.

Written by A.L. on Jun 05, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Dr. Anstadt is a great therapist. During the video sessions, he takes time to listen to my concerns and address them in a calm, reasonable manner. I liked how he helped me advocate for myself but also learn how to see things from the other side. In other words, he gives a very balanced viewpoint of issues, which I feel like is absolutely necessary in a counselor. In addition, Dr. Anstadt is always very punctual with messaging back using the system (he messages back either same day or the next day) and his messages are always very thoughtful. I would 100% recommend Dr. Anstadt to anyone who is looking for someone who will help you achieve great personal growth.

Written by B.E. on Jun 03, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

Dr. Anstadt provides the perfect balance of listening, understanding, and then being active in guiding and suggesting solutions. He has been a tremendous resource to me and has helped me turn the tide on my depression and anxiety. He is always available and committed.

Written by T.I. on May 10, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. Anstadt has been a wonderful support to me during a time where I needed someone to help me process my life trauma and how it was/is impacting my daily life. He is knowledgeable, professional, and the best listener I have ever encountered. Highly recommend.

Written by S.E. on May 03, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Scott is such a caring and easy to talk to person. He has helped me in countless ways throughout our sessions and I could never thank him enough.

From moving on from toxic relationships to helping me make goals and plan for my future. I feel like a completely different person, but I finally feel like me, and I couldn't have gotten here without Scott's great counseling.

Thank you Scott, you're wonderful!

Written by N.A. on Apr 19, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. A is awesome! He is very intuitive, and helpful in discovering areas that need to be worked on, and the most effective way to do so. He never judges, and I found it very easy to be open and willing to share everything with him. I would recommend him to anyone looking to find a counselor.

Written by M.A. on Apr 16, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning coping with life changes

Dr. Anstadt has a steady hand on the tiller. I will most certainly seek his counsel again in the future

Written by A.N. on Apr 10, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 3 months on issues concerning depression, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. A has been of enormous help to me as I struggled with compound grief following the loss of my father less than two years following the sudden death of my husband. I was floundering, the grief felt much the same as the early days following the loss of my husband, and along with the grief of losing the two most important men in my life, other relationships became unbelievably difficult to handle, and I needed help finding my balance again.

Dr. A helped me find my resiliency again, helped me set some goals that allowed me to process the grief, set boundaries with those relationships that had become toxic, and allowed me to find the hope of the future again.

We get regular checkups for our physical health, for dental health, and mental health deserves no less. I am so grateful that a friend of a friend recommended Better Help-the fit with my busy lifestyle, assisting my mother following the death of my dad, to the point that I was able to keep a scheduled session via my phone in a parking lot!

I know that Dr. A helped me find my balance, and I know that he will continue to do the same for others in his care.

Written by M.A. on Mar 26, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Amazing! Best counseling experience I’ve ever had. Dr. Anstadt listens and really cared about helping me set goals and making progress.
Really gets to the point of what needs to be worked on and helped me stay focused. Thank you so much doc. You’re very gifted.

Written by F.I. on Mar 03, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Anstadt is the most understanding Dr. I have ever dealt with. He listens very carefully and gives you all alternative ways to find your goals and solve problems. You will find yourself talking to a friend and you will feel so relaxed that you will wait till your next session to tell him how your day or week was! He is incredibly compassionate and loved working with him. I so much recommend him.

Written by A.I. on Feb 28, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

Dr. Anstadt is an altogether compassionate and lovely person to speak with. He took time out of his day to speak to someone with a 5 hour time difference which must have not been the most preferable or ideal situation. Couldn't recommend him more.

Written by A.N. on Feb 09, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

He helped me through a very tough patch in my life. He is a very good listener and his advice was helpful and helped me more than I can describe.

Written by K.A. on Oct 31, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, and intimacy-related issues

Dr Anstadt has been my rock through several issues. He truly listens and responds to my craziness. I trust him.

Written by V.A. on Oct 04, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr Anstadt has been my counsellor for a few months now. I would like to thank him for being a wonderful therapist and counsellor. Through my discussions with him, I was able to find insights of myself. He truly tries to understand you and steers you in a direction in order for you to reveal who you truly are. Whilst that is still a work in progress for me, I have improved in leaps and bounds with the help of Dr. Anstadt.

He's non assuming style allows me to speak to him in a safe and non judgmental environment and because he is wholly able to understand you, he's input is very spot on. I always take away a lesson about myself that I would have learnt after a session with him.

I do hope that this review will help someone who may have trouble with grief, depression, family issues and conflicts within themselves feel the need to find that help with him as it has done for me.

Written by B.E. on Sep 29, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Dr Anstadt is a very good listener, and is able to see the important points in situations I describe. He's able to see the common thread among different experiences I've had, and then relates that to my own unique preferences and needs. I know more about myself and how situations arise, as well as tools to deal with them. He's also very encouraging and positive-minded. Would certainly recommend Dr A.

Written by C.A. on Sep 15, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger

Dr. Anstadt is amazing! He is very helpful, understanding, smart, easy to talk to, and encouraging! I have been to therapy several times in my past and so far this is my best experience with any counselor I’ve encountered. We’ve had two sessions so far and I’m very happy to continue working with him.

Written by M.I. on Aug 26, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 11 months on issues concerning depression, and career

Dr. A is a patient, calm listener who helps you explore your thought processes. His style of conversation is easy going and straight forward. Asking you to reflect on your own experiences in new ways that you might not have thought of before.

Through working with Dr. A I have developed my own processes for healthy thinking. As well as a much more positive outlook on my life.

He is flexible with his time and always available if you have thoughts or questions.

I highly recommend Dr. A.

Written by T.Y. on Aug 07, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Anstadt really seems like he listens to what I have to say, what my concerns are and my problems. It's only been two weeks and I love this service and am very pleased with what Dr. Anstadt's has done for me so far.

Written by Y.A. on Aug 07, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career

The best I met. Helped me so much on my issue.

Written by L.I. on May 12, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Scott has been extremely patient and kind. I highly doubted that I would ever be able to find someone that could help me but also not look down on me. Vulnerability is a big issue for me and whenever you admit to yourself or to others that you are indeed just a person you often get pitied. Now, empathy and pity are two very different things. When you pity someone you look down on them, you do not show respect and what's worse is that you make the other person feel small. Scott has never once pitied me and I have never felt small nor disrespected in his presence, which is the main reason for this being a functional relationship. He comes off as a highly intelligent and philosophical man and I am happy to say that I truly believe in his expertise in helping me so I can help myself.

Written by G.I. on Apr 15, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I highly recommend Dr. Anstadt. He was very helpful, patient and easy to talk with.

Written by L.O. on Apr 09, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and anger

Dr. Anstadt is very professional and connects to the client's issues straight away so that goals can be completed and worked on together.

Written by I.M. on Feb 26, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and anger

Dr. Anstadt was a great counselor to speak with and made me feel very at ease throughout. I really enjoyed speaking with him and hearing his advice which helped me greatly to become a lot more happy and find an understanding of things that happened/were happening in my life. I never felt like I was being judged on anything I was saying and this made it a lot easier to speak to Dr Anstadt. Couldn’t recommend enough :)

Written by A.L. on Nov 30, 2017 after counseling with Scott for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, family, and anger

Dr. A was amazing. He understood me from the first session we had. He is attentive, kind, and really listened to me. We worked trough some relationship issues I have and his help is helping me to try and have a bit more control over my reactions. I am overly happy I've ended up with him. And for that I am immensely grateful.

Written by D.A. on Nov 26, 2017 after counseling with Scott for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and anger

I am extremely grateful that Dr. A came into my world when he did. Whilst going through an extremely difficult time in which work-related stress was getting the best of me, he managed to help me relieve my anxiety and find ways to better manage my situation even after the first session. Now, a few months later, I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been - and I could not have gotten here without his guidance and support. If you find yourself in a similar situation where stress and anxiety, either related to work or something, is taking over your world and you feel stuck/overwhelmed - do yourself a favor and book in time with Dr. A.. Highly recommended.

Written by B.R. on Aug 30, 2017 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Scott listens to my concerns and repeats them to make sure we're both on the same page. He then gives feedback that is very helpful both to reflect and also is useful moving forward.