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

I also have experience 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

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 L.U. on Jul 11, 2019 after counseling with Scott for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Anstadt is the first therapist that I have spoken to, and I wish to be able to keep him. He has been great at helping me realize my anxiety triggers and has helped my relationships with all of my loved ones. I am incredibly grateful for his balanced approach, how he ties multiple issues together while not making tackling issues overwhelming at all.

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 C.A. on Aug 19, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Anstadt is amazing to talk to. Even after only a few sessions, I started feeling much better about myself and my situation. He does a really great job of repeating things back to ensure that we're understanding each other and I find that really helpful (and have actually started trying to do that myself when talking to people thanks to him) and he really keeps an open mind. I feel I can talk to him about anything, from the good to the bad. He seems genuinely interested in all the things I have to say and our one hour sessions always pass by too quickly. He's great!

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 E.R. on Apr 25, 2018 after counseling with Scott for 4 months

Having Dr. Anstadt as an ongoing resource has become invaluable to me. He provides the kind of private sounding board that allows me to continue wrestling with big questions without it overwhelming my daily life and work responsibilities. Knowing I can send off a message at any time and that he will provide insight and new ideas for me to consider is extremely comforting and has helped me dig myself out of a very difficult time. I feel motivated and am starting to move forward in a positive way on my personal goals with the guidance of Dr. Anstadt on my side.

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.