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Dr. Vaughn DeCoster, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Intimacy-related issues Compassion fatigue
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About me

We all lead busy, complex lives and often are very hard on ourselves… actually, we're doing “the best we can do” with what life throws at us. Takes courage to seek help, to actively move towards a more satisfying, meaningful, and happier life... wonderful that you’re considering this first step. I am a licensed doctoral-level social worker with 30+ years of clinical experience, helping people grow from life’s challenges like stress, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, & intimacy related issues. I’m here to support you in your journey, recognizing your unique situation, needs, and abilities. Over the years as a therapist and university professor, I’ve acquired a lot of helpful tools that target feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, some even involving photography. I believe, though, you’re the “expert” on your life, therapy is a creative, collaborative endeavor, experimenting with different strategies until we find what works. Knowing that time is precious, I’m more engaged than some therapists, truly dedicated to providing you compassionate support to foster healing, build strength, and enhance resiliency. I will adapt our sessions and plans to meet your needs using evidence-based approaches. Let’s chat and see what we can accomplish together.

Professional experience

31yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Intimacy-related issues Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Emptiness, Expats, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Self-Harm, Sexuality

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered


License information

AR LCSW 3738-C

IN LCSW 34006841A


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

It’s refreshing to be completely transparent and talk to someone without judgement it’s been a huge help talking with Dr Decoster

Written on Jul 26, 2022 after therapy with Vaughn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr. DeCoster has been a great help to me and my family as we endure crisis. He offers suggestions and listens to every concern. I look forward to therapy and actually learn something that I can apply to my life. Highly recommend!!!

Written on Jul 20, 2022 after therapy with Vaughn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes