Rev. Larry VanHook

(DM, M.Div, MA)

About Me

Hello,
My name is Larry. I am a LMFT in Texas. I have been in the Christian ministry for 25+ years and a military chaplain so I have dealt with lots of families and teenagers. I specialize in anxiety, trauma, and depression with this age group. Of course, I can help with spiritual issues. However, sexual issues is generally beyond my scope of care. I hae been married for 26 years and have three children myself. My youngest is finishing high school. I would love to serve your family if you would allow me too!

The following link allows you take a personality test that will allow me to get to know you: https://bigfive-test.com/ .

P.S. Some notes on your part:
1. Make sure you are in Texas, and I know where you are. If you leave the state, we will have to postpone sessions,
2. Make sure no one is in the room with you.
3. Make sure you dress appropriately (casual is okay!)
4. If someone joins the session, make sure they view the informed consent and approved by working with Betterhelp.
5. When you first post, I need the following information:
A. Your family situation
B. Any individual and family past mental health diagnosis' and medications you are on with mg.
C. Describe briefly your social support right now.
D. Tell me briefly of any traumas you have in your story.
E. Any relevant medical conditions that affect your mental well-being.
F. Any developmental delays growing up.
G. Any substance abuse or addictions that are relevant for us.
H. What your strengths and limitations are.
F. Finally, more specifics on your presenting problem.

Larry M. Van Hook, LMFT, M.Div., MA, DM


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coaching , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #202992 (Expires: 2021-01-01)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Aug 02, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Rev. Larry has great communication and understanding skills. I've only had a couple sessions with him and yet he has already helped me so much. He completely understands my situation and problems and I feel like he truly cares about helping g me solve them. All around great person

Written by J.A. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Efficient. Understanding. Active.

Written by L.A. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is knowledgeable and kind. At first I wasn't sure if we were getting anywhere but then a particular subject arose and we all had a break through on the husband and wife roles. It was a game changer! He's been super helpful on parenting advice and techniques as well. Highly recommend.

Written by R.Y. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Super guy

Written by E.R. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Dr. Vanhook is a very professional individual. I appreciate his patience and understanding with my situation. He helped me at very crucial point in my life, for this I will always be thankful.

Written by T.A. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Dr Van Hook is very calm and collected and does not pry for information. He takes the info as it comes from you. A very gentle approach.

Written by T.R. on Jul 15, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Life changing goodness

Written by R.A. on Jul 13, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Reverend VanHook cares about his clients and takes into account every detail given to him. He takes the time to plan the best responses based on the core of the situation that brought you to needing his help. He listens and guides with respect and a caring attitude. I do believe God speaks through Reverend’s skills to help you through your current situation.

Written by B.E. on Jun 24, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I'm a wounded combat veteran who's spent the last 17 years dealing with the effects of multiple combat tours. Initially, I walked into counseling because my wife and I wanted to tune-up our marriage. Eventually, there were issues that arose from my military experience that I wasn't dealing with and had buried for years that were affecting all aspects of my life. I'd done therapy before for PTSD, but there were "soul wounds" I was having a tough time processing. Luckily, Larry is a military chaplain who understands the struggles of soldiers and suggested EMDR together. I'd heard good things, but man... it's changed my life. Larry was able to cut through the BS with me and we worked hard on areas I've kept long protected. Incorporating my faith in the healing process has been essential too. I can't recommend this man enough!

Written by E.R. on Jun 22, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I enjoy speaking with Rev. VanHook. He is knowledgeable and compassionate.

Written by M.A. on Jun 18, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning relationship

Good man, has been very helpful.

Written by C.H. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

I enjoy my sessions & Dr. VanHook has a very flexible schedule that I appreciate. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Written by T.E. on May 11, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 5 months on issues concerning relationship

Great listener. Great feedback gives great skills for improving relationship challenges. Responds timely to questions or concerns.

Written by N.O. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Very knowledgeable and approachable.

Written by L.E. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Dr VanHook was helping me in a very difficult time, he was speaking with empathy and supporting me with the truth I needed. Thank you Dr. VanHook! I am lucky and blessed to have met you here!

Written by J.O. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

He is a good listener and provides awesome support!

Written by M.I. on Apr 24, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Great listener. Offers thoughtful ideas. I love that he prays for me!

Written by J.O. on Apr 19, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I have gone to counseling in the past, but my time with teen counseling and Dr. VanHook have been the most productive therapy sessions in which I have participated to date. He responds to my issues promptly and professionally, is a great listener, and is quick to give useful and practical advice that I find useful in my own personal life.

Written by I.V. on Apr 14, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and anger management

I really appreciate Dr. VanHook's ability to combine current mental health knowledge with biblical principles. I always feel listened to and he has helped me work through my relationships effectively!

Written by R.A. on Apr 12, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Larry is amazing. I was very hesitant to start therapy, but he has been incredible to work with so far. He is knowledgeable, wise, very friendly and caring. He is slowly helping me to come out of my shell and learn to trust again.

Written by R.O. on Mar 20, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. VanHook is very knowledgeable, and is easy to talk to. He is encouraging and I feel heard and understood. Highly recommend!

Written by I.M. on Mar 08, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I think the greatest thing about Dr. VanHook is his relationship with God. That in itself is so inspiring and He makes me want to love God even more. He is also a great listener, is not quick to give a reply/advice but takes his time to allow the client to process. It's the most calming thing ever! It's just week two and I'm already making progress. I pray that God rewards this man.

Written by S.E. on Mar 03, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

He’s the best. Caring, attentive. Great written communication - you always know what he thinks and what his schedule is.

Written by J.E. on Feb 18, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coaching

Dr. VanHook is exceptionally proficient. He never misses a beat. He is very fair and precise. For any guy that might have reservations about counseling, you will probably fit right in with him. He takes time to understand both perspectives and is excellent at bridging the gap, while cutting through all the noise. He will challenge all to be better where and how they should. And I don’t mean artificially to maintain some type of balance. He takes time to explain and educate throughout the process, which my wife and I both appreciate. Best of all, if I had to name something, is that he calls to the higher ideals that we should all aspire to. Thanks for everything Dr. VanHook.

Written by S.O. on Jan 22, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Dr Vanhook shared some basic insights that was a eureka moment for me on how to build deeper communication

Written by H.E. on Jan 20, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues

Dr. VanHook is very attentive and does not miss a chance to follow up with his clients. I really appreciate his help, and would highly recommend his services to friends and family.

Written by A.N. on Jan 15, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 8 months

He is the best, not enough words to describe how much I appreciate his help! Thank you Dr.

Written by D.A. on Jan 14, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dr VanHook has been an incredible blessing to my husband and I!! We each feel that he understands our goals and is totally committed to helping our marriage thrive as we learn to communicate, support, and love each other better. Dr VanHook speaks truth with compassion and often has us laughing in our sessions! We would highly recommend him to any couple looking for an amazing counselor!

Written by L.E. on Jan 05, 2020 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

After multiple sessions with a different counselor, we switched over to Dr. Van Hook.In the short amount of time, he gave us such a wealth of information and guide us in the right direction. We felt like we were going in circles, but Dr. Van Hook was able to give us resources, alternative therapy modalities and an honest assessment of where we are at.

Written by M.E. on Dec 30, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Great, great, GREAT! Lovely counselor with a lot of knowledge, techniques and wisdom. Most importantly I for one am resistant to accepting advice from people who don't "walk the talk" and Larry Vanhook as a human being gives credibility to his methods because he's pretty damn great, wise and all-around lovely.

Written by N.I. on Dec 30, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Dr VanHook has been very helpful to give me new perspective on my depression and the crisis situation that pushed me to seek out teen counseling.

Written by M.E. on Nov 26, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr. VanHook is the best. He’s helped me so much and I couldn’t thank him enough.

Written by L.I. on Oct 21, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and adhd

I went into therapy unsure as to what to expect. Dr. VanHook has made it incredibly easy to delve into guiding me through the process. I have found the live and texting sessions as incredibly insightful and helpful in resolving, identifying and processing my concerns.

Written by I.R. on Sep 30, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

We’ve only had a few sessions so it is difficult to write a thorough review at this time. However, Dr. VanHook, is what I need and I believe God has placed me in his care for that reason. I wanted and needed someone that can help me with the anxiety and years of depression using scripture as the primary source and Dr. VanHook is well versed in that area. He is empathetic and shows genuine concern for my well being, which makes it easy for me to be able to talk freely about my struggles and fears, without feeling that I am being judged. He is very understanding and professional in addressing my needs and concerns.

Written by J.A. on Sep 25, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Very nice and informative!

Written by R.E. on Sep 20, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Great experience with Dr VanHook. His knowledge and attentiveness has been a blessing to our marriage. Thank you!

Written by S.T. on Sep 05, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

We have really enjoyed and benefited from the first few sessions with Dr. Larry! He has provided insightful and practical counseling.

Written by S.T. on Aug 09, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Even after only a couple of sessions, we really seem to be making headway and Larry is good at showing us tools to address our issues.

Written by M.A. on Aug 04, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Does a phenomenal job helping with whatever situation you’re dealing with. I’ve been in contact with Dr. VanHook for a month and enjoyed every session we had. He’s given me some many tools and advice to get over my obstacles.

Written by K.E. on Aug 01, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks

I appreciated Dr. VanHook's professionalism and teen friendly approach.

Written by V.E. on Jul 31, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 5 months on issues concerning relationship

I am delighted to have been matched with Dr. VanHook. My husband and I were blessed to have worked with him for marriage counseling. He is compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable. The techniques he uses are extremely helpful and have made positive impacts on my marriage.

Written by M.I. on Jul 27, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Dr. Van Hook is amazing and a God send to me. I appreciate all that he does for me.

Written by C.A. on Jul 17, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Larry is awesome!

Written by M.A. on Jul 07, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Attentive and insightful are the best words to describe Dr. Vanhook. In the beginning of my sessions I admit I had a lot of baggage, but 4 months in, I feel I’m in a way better place thanks to God and him.

Written by J.A. on Jun 26, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Can't say enough about doctor Larry. Amazing counselor and amazing soul. If you are faith based and struggling, you owe it to yourself to call and request as your counselor.

Written by S.T. on Jun 21, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 4 months

He has great in sight and offers a broader way to look at things without making it feel like whatever's going in your life is not necessarily your fault. He gives you room to feel, and acknowledges, your feelings then provides tools for you to use in working through them. I highly recommend him!!

Written by R.A. on Jun 13, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Van Hook is exceptional and if my husband had been willing I am certain we could have accomplished so much together.

Written by S.T. on May 28, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

I have grown to become a better person. I thank him for that.

Written by V.A. on May 28, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. Vanhook is definitely seasoned with his years in therapy. He was quick to diagnose my issue within the 1st 10 mins of us chatting. He is to the point...and sends helpful tools to refer back to.

Written by S.T. on May 08, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

We have only had one session, but Dr. Van Hook was very professional, understanding, am quick to respond to messages.

Written by A.M. on May 07, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 months

My son has participated in traditional therapy before and it did not meet his needs as well as teen counseling. Jeff is so comfortable online that this has made a great difference in his ability to share his deepest thoughts.

Written by C.H. on Apr 26, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 5 months

Best counselor I’ve ever had. He listens and validates what I’m feeling, but also challenges me to see different perspectives. He always ties my insights to my faith which is helping me overcome and grow.

Written by B.A. on Mar 21, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. VanHook has been very patient, supportive and informative with me. I greatly appreciated his calm demeanor when it was time for me to share intimate details of my past that I have never shared with anyone. I can’t thank him enough for creating such a safe environment for me to finally take down my walls.

Written by N.I. on Mar 20, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Very knowledgeable in helping people get to the healthy place in there lives.

Written by R.O. on Mar 09, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook did a great job with us. Helping us change our mindset on how to communicate and feed off of each. Thank you so much.

Written by J.O. on Mar 07, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and adhd

He’s just fantastic. Enough said. I have high standards.

Written by B.R. on Feb 23, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 6 months

I just want to say thank you, really. I'm living better than I have in years, maybe even a decade. I'm finally healing old wounds and smashing through milestones, and you've played and integral role in my getting there. So thank you. :)

Written by R.A. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is the nicest man. He gives the absolute best advice and is right on point. He has helped my husband and I appreciate each other and remember why we fell in love. He gave us tools to help our communication and teen counseling our marriage. I cannot thank him enough. If my husband and I ever fall into a rut again, we will reach out to him for sure. Thanks so much!!

Written by C.A. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 6 months

Dr. VanHook continues to help me improve as I move beyond my season of trauma. He is so patient with me and truly is selfless in his care for me.
His encouragement and assurance makes every day easier than the last.
I can feel myself improving!

Written by C.A. on Jan 16, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is great and has helped us tremendously.

Written by T.E. on Dec 22, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

He is concerned and cares about how to get you better.

Written by J.O. on Dec 18, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

He really knows his stuff and provides Biblical insight

Written by C.H. on Dec 17, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Larry Van Hook is an amazing counselor, doctor, and friend. He has truly helped me bounce back from a bad place and teen counseling confidence.

Written by C.H. on Dec 16, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

He is amazing. I highly recommend his services!

Written by J.A. on Nov 13, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management

Dr. Vanhook really expanded my way of thinking, as I deal with anxiety and my depression.

Written by B.E. on Nov 05, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

I didn't really have hope that counseling would make any difference, but Dr. VanHook helped me hear what I needed but didn't want to hear and say what I couldn't say right. Maybe there is hope after all.

Written by T.E. on Nov 02, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Great counselor who actually listens to you.

Written by B.L. on Nov 01, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

It has been a pleasure working with Dr. VanHook. Easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and an all-round great guy.

Written by L.A. on Oct 26, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

He is a good listener and solution finder.

Written by C.O. on Oct 17, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks

You were there to help me when I needed help the most. I appreciate and feel So Blessed. Thank You

Written by A.A. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Dr. VanHook is both friendly and professional. He has provided me with an education on what is happening with me physically, mentally, and emotionally and he has given me tools to bring about a healthy change. I truly appreciate the guidance and prayers Dr. VanHook gives each session.

Written by J.O. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Great counselor willing to do both video and messaging and is reasonably quick to reply. He also knows what he’s talking about and gives you helpful resources.

Written by R.A. on Sep 23, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is the best!

Written by R.O. on Aug 30, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

My experience with Dr.VanHook has been very good so far. I was a bit nervous about the video calls but once we started talking it all went away. He’s done good for me and I look forward to keep working with him.

Written by C.I. on Aug 27, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning family, self esteem, and anger

Dr VanHook responded very quickly to my first communication, assuring that he was there for me. His manner is of genuine caring and concern. He has given me ‘tools’ to help understand and change my unwanted behavior. I believe he is a Christian, helping others in a very appropriate fashion. I would be glad to recommend Dr.VanHook for his services.

Written by C.R. on Aug 26, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Dr. VanHook, has a calm and reassuring voice/manner with which he counsels in; with both a professional and biblical perspective.

He takes the time to read and responds to messages even when not scheduled for a session. He’s helped me clear my perspective as a person and a Christian. All I can say is praise God, thank you Dr. VanHook, and I highly recommend him.

Written by L.A. on Aug 15, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger

I really like Dr. Van Hook. He is kind and compassionate and very calm.

Written by G.W. on Aug 14, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and self esteem

Dr. Van Hook has been very helpful to me. He responds quickly. He is understanding and gives practical advice and gives his experience as a Christian. The scriptures he would share were comforting.

I would feel confident in using Dr. Van Hook again.

Written by J.U. on Jul 24, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Hook is a brilliant man of God! He will steer your relationship in the right direction if it is God's ultimate purpose for your life. I would highly recommend him to a couple seeking guidance and clarity for their ultimate destination.

Written by J.B. on Jul 20, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Dr. Van Hook is amazing. He’s a great listener, offers wonderful advice, communicates with me more as a friend rather than a doctor. He shows concern for my well being which makes me feel safe, like I can tell him anything. He’s a great guy and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling with anything going on in their life.

Written by D.O. on Jun 23, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks

Dr. Van Hook is an insightful and intelligent counselor who is helping me a great deal.
His approach is professional and I highly recommend him to anyone needing counseling.

Written by J.A. on Jun 09, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I have only had a couple of sessions but feel confident that Dr. Van Hook has an idea of what’s going on with me in such a short time. He is very professional in his approach. I would recommend him to anyone.

Written by C.H. on Jun 06, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, anger, and career

Dr. Van Hook has been truly inspirational and amazing! I am one not to seek outside help for my problems but I have hit a major crossroad in my life and needed this help. Once I was partnered with Dr. Van Hook he was quick to engage and be a moral and supportive individual. I enjoy our conversations as he will give you different ways to mentally process different situations and thoughts. Thank you Dr. Van Hook for your continued help!