Laura  Van Wyk

Laura Van Wyk

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online
Updated November 23, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Laura Van Wyk treats non-binary clients who are 24+ years old. Although currently treating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is office-based in Brooklyn, NY. She will continue to provide remote sessions once she returns to providing office-based treatment.

Laura is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She also uses psychodynamic approaches and psychoanalytic approaches in her treatment. Laura believes that the best type of treatment for her clients is an integrated approach, using the best tools of each of these therapies to address the issues that her clients have identified as their treatment goals.

Laura very much works from a strengths-based perspective. All clients come to therapy with an enormous capacity to change and motivation to do so. Building on the strengths they have used in the past to accomplish goals in their life, Laura helps clients also utilize them to accomplish their treatment goals in therapy.

Laura’s professional history includes being an LCSW who holds a master’s in social work from New York University. She has been seeing clients privately for the past two years and also has over ten years of experience working clinically with clients in forensic settings with diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to adjustment disorders to personality disorders.


Message to clients

Deciding to enter into therapy can be one of the most difficult steps that many people make but with the right therapist it can also be one of the most rewarding and best decisions that clients often report that they have ever made. Investing time developing insight into your feelings, relationships, and behavior patterns can be transformative.

I believe that finding a therapist that creates an environment where you can accomplish these achievements in a safe and non-judgemental space is vital. The rapport and alliance that you develop with your therapist is equally as important and your trust in them in truly a gift that you offer them each week that you enter into their office for a session.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)

Insurance

Laura Van Wyk is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $175
  • Initial session: $175 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wed 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2018 - Present
Legal Aid, Mitigation Specialist, 2016 - 2021
Rikers Island, Mental Health Clinician, 2009 - 2016

New York University, MSW, 2009
Fordham University, MA, 2006
American University, BA, 2000


Licensure

New York: 086004


Languages

English