Laura  Van Wyk
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Laura Van Wyk

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated January 2, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Life transitions
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sex Therapy

Professional statement

Laura Van Wyk treats individuals, couples, and polycules. She has experience working with non-binary individuals as well as gender fluid humans. She also treats many individuals, couples, and polycules within the CIS and LGBTQI+ communities.

Laura is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She also uses psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches in her treatment. Laura is EMDRIA certified in EMDR. Laura is a sex and kink positive therapist who is AASECT Certified. She 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 humans have an enormous capacity to change their lives and she is interested in working with humans who are motivated to do so. Building on the strengths clients have used in the past to accomplish goals in their lives, Laura helps clients also utilize them to accomplish their treatment goals in therapy. She uses a combination of the therapies that she is trained in (including CBT, DBT, EMDR, ACT, and sex therapy) to work with clients to reach their articulated therapy goals.

Laura stands with the AASECT position that sex addiction does not exists, however she does work with individuals who do not feel as if sex is being used in a positive or enhancing way to develop the relationship they would like with sex.

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 four years and has over 15 years of experience working clinically with clients in forensic settings, outpatient mental health community centers and clinics.


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.

My goal is to provide a queer affirming, gender affirming, and kink affirming safe and intimate space for you to explore your inner world and bring you closer to living your most authentic life. I strive to bring my most authentic self to each session allowing for an individualized, collaborative approach to treatment with a core belief that you are the expert in your own life.


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

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

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Sex Therapy - Working with sex workers, alternative sexual lifestyle choices, lack of sexual desire, and sexual dysfunction issues.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Laura Van Wyk is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (50min)
  • EMDR Sessions: $200 (50min)

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
  • 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
Therapist's note

I do not have sliding scale slots at this time--they are all full. I will periodically update this section when a sliding scale slot does become available.


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 Closed
  • Tue 11am-10pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 11am-10pm
  • Fri 11am-5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

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

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, AASECT Certification, 2022
A Road Less Traveled-EMDRIA training, EMDR Certified (approved by EMDRIA), 2022
New York University, MSW, 2009
Fordham University, MA, 2006
American University, BA, 2000


Licensure

New York: 086004


Languages

English