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Stalburn VanSluytman, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Depression
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About me

My interest in individual and social psychology developed when I was an undergraduate at Howard University in the latter part of the 1960s. While working my way through school I somehow also found time to provide volunteer services at various non-profit agencies in around the Washington DC area. After graduating with a degree in Sociology I worked at Federal Government clerical jobs crunching numbers but I really wanted to work with "real" people. I soon started working in case management and substance abuse counseling in New York City. I was recommended to enter a special accelerated graduate program in Clinical Social Work at Adelphi University by the director at one of the agencies.
The Clinical degree launched my entry into a more research-based and specialized area of the field which had grown with the myriad social changes that were taking place in the country (substance abuse; HIV epidemic; two paycheck households; etc.). I moved to Florida in the 1990s I had to make adjustments to a culture that I was unfamiliar with but quickly assimilated to. I had the good fortune of working for some of the best agencies as well as having a successful run as an independent practitioner. I eventually spent my last ten years of employment as a mental health therapist for the Florida Department of Corrections before retiring in 2014.
Over the years I have worked with individuals and groups from all walks of life and with a wide variety of concerns. I have also done presentations at schools and churches on the issue of emotional disorders and ways of identifying some of the symptoms in students. My training in Clinical Social Work would be categorized as a psychodynamic approach however, I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Approach and have been a certified trainer and Supervisor of Masters level therapists in the use of that method.
Since retirement I have done some part-time quality-control work for a Community Mental Health Center and have been active in doing volunteer work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a local Hospice Center, and the American Cancer Society, however, these have been put on hold since the emergence of the COVID pandemic.

Professional experience

40yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and shame, Isolation / loneliness, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Social anxiety and phobia

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy

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My man!! Don't know where I would be right now without your guidance.

Written on Mar 21, 2024 after therapy with Stalburn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Excellent therapist, shared useful exercises.

Written on Mar 02, 2024 after therapy with Stalburn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Mr. Van has been very responsive and supportive and his words of wisdom and kind reminder to me helps a lot.

Written on Dec 08, 2023 after therapy with Stalburn for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Tony has helped me get through a really tough time in my life. He's very understanding and the methods he shares are timeless. I plan to resume again in the future.

Written on Jun 15, 2023 after therapy with Stalburn for 1 month on issues concerning career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Great therapist. Truly blessed to help on healing journey

Written on Mar 28, 2023 after therapy with Stalburn for 8 months on issues concerning depression

He makes me feel comfortable to open up. His friendly manner is comforting. He is listens well and I trust his guidance.

Written on Feb 28, 2023 after therapy with Stalburn for 1 month on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd