Steve Van Schaick

LCSW

About me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Mood Disorders , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

NC LCSW C009591


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Steve 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.

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Steve was super helpful and really explained things in a way I could understand.
After dealing with a traumatic event its hard to understand why certain things about ourselves change, but he was great at explaining the science behind it as well as giving tips on how to improve the situation.

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I’ve been to therapy a few times in my life and Steve has been unquestionably the best I’ve encountered. He asks great questions and really helps you talk through things. I’ve had several strong moments of realization that has been extremely helpful.

Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Very good insight. Offers gems of hope and healing.

Written on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Steve has been great - his expertise, way of analytically explain and break things down and his compassion really has given me a lot. He is amazing at his job!

Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I personally was beyond skeptical of the practical uses of online therapy. I was not thoroughly familiar with the therapeutic process of online therapy. So I had more than a few reservations coming onto this app & starting therapy. I was “matched” with a corresponding psychologist, unfortunately it was not a match.

Steve, is vastly kind. A good listener, intriguing without being intrusive. (That quality in particular I like a lot) He is gentle with your trust, not rushing to form a bond with your story. Steve is bold without being rude or curt, very good with questions. I truly appreciate working with him.

Written on Jun 21, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

At first, I was very skeptical of the platform & the usefulness of it; however, after using it, I I have a very different opinion. After my very first session with Mr. Van Schlick, I felt an immense release of pent-up pressure. This impress me very much, mainly because I was so skeptical. After a few more sessions I really saw the value of his competency. He is an extremely valuable team player. I genuinely value our time together and value the commitment that he shows his craft. I look forward to our conversations and his poignant questions.

Written on Jun 11, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Steve asks great questions, listens, and gives great advice when applicable.
I'm honored to meet with him!

Written on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning anger management

Listens to me and explains thoroughly any concept he is talking about.

Written on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and career difficulties

Steven has given me some techniques that has helped reduce stress on the job and at home

Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

I’m really happy I found BetterHelp and Steve.
I feel like finally maybe I found someone that will help me out.

Written on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Steve for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He’s awesome!

Written on Oct 30, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I used to think that therapy wouldn't help me very much, or that I wouldn't get much out of it, until Steve was assigned as my BetterHelp therapist. My only regret is not signing up sooner! Steve is incredibly professional and personable, and has been immeasurably helpful during this transition period in my life. The improvements that I've made in the past few weeks have been, in very large part, thanks to Steve.

Written on Oct 21, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Steve is fantastic. I’ve spent a lot of years in a lot of different kinds of therapy and I’ve never met anyone who works quite like him. He’s not here to make you re-tell everything you struggle with in detail, he moves at your own pace and is great at helping you sort things out without being too invasive. He obviously cares about his patients a lot and wants them to feel safe in therapy which is so important. That quality makes him an excellent therapist both for people who might be nervous and not know what to expect in therapy and also for people like me who have been around the block a few times and have struggled to really click with a therapist. Couldn’t have asked for a better one.

Written on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Steve has a very calm but uncanny and direct way of getting to dissonant factors that I have been hiding from myself for a very long time. His manner is supportive and kind yet purposeful and very competent. Highly recommended.

Written on Aug 30, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem

Steve is always professional, punctual and a great counselor

Written on Aug 07, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and anger management

Steve is an embodiment of what I think BetterHelp is trying to do for people ultimately. He provides sound counseling services with therapies/strategies centered on the individual. He has imparted some valuable psychoeducation to me and already so many helpful insights (after just two sessions!). This is all done with care and in an environment where I have access to safe, open communication. I feel I have been matched up really well in counseling with Steve Van Schaick.

Written on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 7 months

Steve really takes the time to listen. Working with him, I've gained many tools that I have used in my life and relationships. Steve really shows interest, not just from notes, in the things that are impacting me and how I can cope better. I feel that I was able to come back from a very low point in a short time because I had his listening ear and practical help.

Written on Jul 24, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

I'm only 3 sessions in but I really like Steve as a counselor. He seems very understanding and knowledgeable.

Written on Jul 14, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 1 month on issues concerning depression

I was turned off from BetterHelp with the first counselor that reached out to me. I was ready to cancel my subscription after three sessions. Instead I tried another and Steve has helped me control and understand my emotions. Excellent person who cares and listens.

Written on Jul 01, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I have had a lot of therapists in my life.
Steve my an incredible therpist who really listens and gives great advice that’s has been helping me so much. !

Written on Jun 20, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Steve is absolutely amazing. I have appreciated his guidance through out my time with him. He has a great sense of humor which is a nice balance to our sessions. Each session he gently challenged me and guided me to discover and practice a new way of caring for myself and interacting with my now husband. Because of his guidance, and my openness to learn, I have a beautiful relationship with my sweet husband.

Written on May 26, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Steve's emphasis on balance is pivotal in an increasingly complicated world. He is patient, thoughtful, and kind in his approach towards confronting deeply emotional matters.

Written on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression

Was timid at first but Steve is really here to help

Written on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

I’ve seen a lot of counselors over the last decade and have made very little progress, but I feel like I’m actually getting somewhere with Steve. He’s really insightful and knows what he’s doing. Thanks for the hope!

Written on Mar 26, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Steve is an amazing and patient therapist who give you understanding and perspective on yourself. I really appreciate his knowledge of complex trauma and how it can require the brain, and his knowledge on how to deal gently with trauma and give cohesive ways to help deal with it. His guidance has provided me a much needed touchstone in my life for stability, and his professionalism and compassion is wonderfully tied together. I’d high recommend Steve.

Written on Mar 08, 2021 after therapy with Steve for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Steve has been wonderful to work with. It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders learning how to work through my anxiety and past trauma with the mental tools Steve has recommended. I’m amazed how just in a short amount of time he has been able to make me see things in a different light, think in an entirely different direction, and react to situations rationally. I highly recommend Steve as he is extremely patient, takes the time to address your concerns, and is an impressive listener who doesn’t seem to a thing.

Written on Dec 21, 2020 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Steve is extremely perceptive, responsive, warm, encouraging, and professional. He is incredibly good at what he does, and has an amazing way of helping me realize some of my underlying beliefs and equipping me with practical strategies of countering some of the beliefs that are holding me back in life. In the time that I've worked with him, Steve has helped me step more fully into being myself.

Written on Dec 16, 2020 after therapy with Steve for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Amazing listener. Provides feedback. Good tools and lessons to practice on your own time. Positively reinforces you where you forget. Well educated and dashingly good looking!

Written on Dec 08, 2020 after therapy with Steve for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I can not thank Steve enough for all his help and support. Steve not only hears what you have to say but he has the brilliant ability to understand what you mean. It has been very difficult for me to find someone who makes me feel understood. Who makes me feel like I'm not alone. Steve Schaick is helping to turn my life around and I can't thank him enough.

Written on Dec 04, 2020 after therapy with Steve for 3 weeks

Very positive, supportive, and really took time typing "tools" in a message that we had discussed so that we could refer back to them.

Written on Nov 18, 2020 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Steve is one of the few rare individual to whom I have the privilege of interacting with both on the spectrum of intellects and optimism. He is able to convey the abstract concepts in literature that I don't believe many can pull off. I wholeheartedly trust in his expertise and feel honored and grateful to be working with him.

Written on Oct 31, 2020 after therapy with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I just started working with my counselor 2 weeks ago and I can't find the words to describe how much he's helped me and has possibly saved my life. He has given me concrete coping techniques to deal with my panic attacks and anxiety plus he's respnsive to all my text messages in a timely manner. As of today, I don't know what I would do without him. Counseling is one of best decisions I've made especially during these COVID times.

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