Steve Van Schaick

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with over 7 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 adolescent guys and gals inside residential treatment, psychiatric, and in-home counseling with 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. I've been called a therapist for client's who don't particularly like therapy, as those are some of my favorite kinds of people to work alongside with.

It's been my desire to specialize with those 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 together. Some wisdom can only be gained by experiencing. That being said, depending on your treatment needs, I enjoy using music therapy with clients to help strengthen the "experiencing" therapy component.

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 that middle ground 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:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C009591 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by R.E. on Oct 14, 2020 after counseling with Steve for 2 weeks

So far the counselor has been very good - the best we have ever had. By far.