Laura Van Wyk
She/Her/HersLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
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.
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.
Laura Van Wyk is not in-network with any insurances.
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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.
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
New York: 086004