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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Coping with life changes
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 , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems Read more...
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
LCSW #AZ LCSW 10218 (Expires: 2023-04-30)
LICSW #KS 3860 (Expires: 2022-08-31)
It was really wonderful working with Dr. Anstadt. His kindness and gentle nature helped me to be able to show up to our sessions every week. He always advocated strongly for me to look after myself and listen to my gut- this unwavering support really put me on a path to healing. Thank you for everything
I truly can't say enough about working with Scott. I came to him unhappy with where I was in my life, and through his thoughtful, guided discovery, he led me through a much needed job transition and a more peaceful and suitable life for me. He listened and provided his thoughts and ideas that truly helped me understand myself better. He was always on time and prepared. He remembered everything from past conversations and laced them into current conversations seamlessly. He responded to posts quickly. I HIGHLY recommend Scott as a therapist! Although I am at a place now where I don't feel i need regular visits, I will continue to use him on an as needed basis.
Dr Anstadt has been there for me through a number of different big issues and changes in my life and it has been really helpful. He helped me during many tough times and is very caring, understanding and a great listener. I felt that he genuinely cared about me and was super patient on my difficult days. My life now feels more settled and the tools he taught me have helped a lot as well, such as drawing and writing about what I feel. I think I have grown as a person and that he has touched my life in a very positive way. Thank you :)
I've had two sessions with Dr. Anstadt and notice positive impacts in my life already. He listens deeply and connects my stories of my life experiences with my therapy goals. He helps me see my life story as a cohesive narrative that I may continue to heal and grow personally and professionally.
Dr. Anstadt is a very good counselor. I have worked with many counselors and was very happy to work with him over the past year. I got on BetterHelp seeking counseling while going through a move, changing jobs, a new relationship, and the stress of the pandemic. Our weekly sessions were always helpful. He is very kind, honest, knowledgeable, open-minded, and invested in his clients. I would highly recommend working with him.
Dr. Anstadt is amazing at what he does. He really lets you speak and clarifies what you said to ensure he has a clear understanding of what it is thats bothering you or happening. He has a warm and welcoming presence that makes you feel able to get even the most uncomfortable thoughts or feelings out.10/10 would recommend!
Dr. Anstadt has gone above and beyond in understanding the particular family issues I am currently facing. I am very grateful to have him.
I have never felt more comfortable in therapy than I have with Dr. A. He really helps me to understand how and why I feel what I feel.
Dr Anstadt is the best. He is a great listener and offers very good advice. You can tell that he’s been doing this for a long time and cares about his patients. I would recommend him to anyone looking for counseling.
Dr. Anstadt was really helpful during a hard time in my life. He is understanding and gives you a different perspective on things going on in your life. He helped me take the next steps to start healing when dealing with grief. He is great counselor!
Dr. Anstadt is incredible kind and wise. I trust his guidance and look forward to working with him more.
Dr. Anstadt has helped me so much. He has really helped identify how I'm feeling in that moment or how I have felt in the past. He has helped me identify triggers and past trauma.
Dr. Scott has been an amazing help and is such a good listener and problem solver.
Dr Anstadt is the most outstanding counsellor I have ever had the privilege of working with. His pace, patience, listening skills and expertise has taken me on a journey of self discovery I never thought possible.. thankful is an understatement.
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.
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.
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.
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
Very calm and understanding even with advanced problems. Would definitely recommend this therapist.
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.
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 :)
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dr. Anstadt has a steady hand on the tiller. I will most certainly seek his counsel again in the future
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Anstadt has been my rock through several issues. He truly listens and responds to my craziness. I trust him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best I met. Helped me so much on my issue.
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.
I highly recommend Dr. Anstadt. He was very helpful, patient and easy to talk with.
Dr. Anstadt is very professional and connects to the client's issues straight away so that goals can be completed and worked on together.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.