Steven Van Schaick, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and trauma specialist with over 8 years of experience working with individuals experiencing varying levels of unwanted mental health obstacles. An office and couch was not my style to impact others, so I built my career coming to them, working with clients inside residential treatment, in-patient psychiatric, and in-home counseling with high risk families. By having worked for the high risk community, I can say not only have I heard "almost" all, but I've been there and carried some of the battle scars too. I've always preferred environments where I've had to give my best work but work fast with client's who did not have the time or patience for a more drawn out treatment.
It's been my desire to specialize with those clients who were dealt the most challenging of hands. I guess you can say those are my people. I'm accustomed to working in areas of depressive episodes, panic and anxiety, broken family relationships, life stressors, parenting issues, abnormal psychiatric, spiritual issues, and traumatic experiences.
While I may utilize multiple evidence based treatment strategies, inner healing doesn't come in a box, and is different for everyone. I believe the best therapy is done through having as much first hand experience in the trenches with what it is that we are working on. Some wisdom can only be gained by experiencing.
Is this counseling or therapy? Counseling may look like just casual chatting back and forth via messaging as some seem to prefer to have a second party help them look at their life. For others focusing on more significant distresses, therapy could consist of the traditional order: a more comprehensive session to identify the sometimes hidden roots of the problem (what sustains it) and then at your readiness some live sessions to begin the work to promote your mind and body Healing, Our Head is still attached to our body, so for some it may be necessary to take re-ownership of both components.
But you may be thinking: Therapy doesn't really work, I'm not a mushy feelings type of person... You're in good company; We're just re-learning balance. You used to have it! Finding again that place of optimal functioning. If your mind rattled your world enough to get you to even consider therapy, it's more likely you have a talent for a very strong mind, but you may just need to learn to control your power.
Our professional relationship and your trust in my care for people and confidence to help them overcome, I hold as my greatest skills.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
NC LCSW C009591
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Steven Van Schaick. 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.
Great listener. Offers good insight.
Written on Jun 07, 2023 after therapy with Steven for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes
Steve has changed my mind about therapy. I’m not the ‘therapy type’. I thought talking about ‘the problems’ doesn’t solve the problems, and therefore is useless. However, I’ve learned so much through just talking. I can see things from different points of view, additionally, getting personal validation is so comforting. (I also previously thought that was nonsensical) I’ve grown so much this year, and I’ve learned more from my experiences than I have ever before. Even though I have been in therapy multiple times I never thought that it worked. A big step to that is finding someone that you actually like and respect. It can’t be just you respect this person as a professional you have to like them as a person. I’ve never had that step before. That in itself was the missing link in my self discovery journey.
Written on Jun 06, 2023 after therapy with Steven for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Steven does a wonderful job at helping you understand and process trauma and situations. He explains things thoroughly and helps with solutions and steps to take to deal with and process your situation. Highly recommend
Written on May 20, 2023 after therapy with Steven for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief
very great therapist and a great listener! never makes me feel like a burden and always listens to what i have to say. provides great advice and feedback on my issues. def recommend!!
Written on May 04, 2023 after therapy with Steven for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Awesome counselor. Utmost professional and dedicated to the client work
Written on Mar 20, 2023 after therapy with Steven for 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues
I highly recommend Steve Van Schaick. Steve has been an absolutely incredible resource for me. He is a great listener, and his calm demeanor is a major plus. He helped me through a lot of personal struggles, and I can certainly say I am better off having worked with Steve.
Written on Jan 27, 2023 after therapy with Steven for 2 years on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and family conflicts