Steve Van Schaick

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 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 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.

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: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C009591 (Expires: 2023-07-02)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Jul 24, 2021 after counseling 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 by X.A. on Jul 14, 2021 after counseling with Steve for 1 month on issues concerning depression

I was turned off from teen counseling 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 by R.Y. on Jul 01, 2021 after counseling 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 by J.O. on Jun 21, 2021 after counseling with Steve for 1 month

Very good job Steve my son is turning around. He still needs to do his assignments and chores by not staying late on phone

Written by J.A. on Jun 20, 2021 after counseling 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 by S.A. on May 27, 2021 after counseling with Steve for 4 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

If you hate therapy - Steve is the guy for you!!! I was anxious about starting therapy again, I have a hard time buying I to hippie dippie “positive energy” and “mindfulness” and all that. I’m just a really black and white person and I’m a terrible therapy patient.

However, Steve made me feel comfortable right away, he listened thoughtfully to why I was pursuing therapy and offered me suggestions and education on what he thought might be going on.

He spent extra time talking to me to get to know me even though I’m sure I was keeping him from other work he could be doing.

He is really kind, professional, and has a lot of experience with all kinds of patients. I haven’t found a therapist I’ve clicked with as well as Steve in several years. I love his logical approach to solutions and that he explains how one issue may be a symptom of another deeper issue.

He is a great therapist, he’s very reasonable and logical-minded and doesn’t make you feel like you need to take up candle lighting and rain dancing to cure yourself like some other therapists do.

Really looking forward to continue working with Steve.

Written by K.Y. on May 26, 2021 after counseling 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 by M.A. on Apr 14, 2021 after counseling with Steve for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression

Was timid at first but Steve is really here to help

Written by H.A. on Mar 30, 2021 after counseling 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 by L.O. on Mar 26, 2021 after counseling 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 by K.A. on Mar 10, 2021 after counseling with Steve for 4 months

Very responsive and effective at giving my teen the coping skills to overcome his anger. Always working with our family, not just my son. He’s awesome

Written by C.H. on Mar 08, 2021 after counseling 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 by J.O. on Feb 28, 2021 after counseling with Steve for 2 months

Steve has helped me through some very tough times in my life. I highly recommend him as a good listener and a provider of practical help.

Written by D.A. on Dec 21, 2020 after counseling 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 by J.U. on Dec 16, 2020 after counseling 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 by J.O. on Dec 08, 2020 after counseling 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 by B.I. on Dec 04, 2020 after counseling 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 by J.E. on Nov 18, 2020 after counseling 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 by M.A. on Oct 31, 2020 after counseling 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.

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.