Laura Van Wyk, Therapist in New York — Zencare
Laura  Van Wyk
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Laura Van Wyk

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online

Hi!

Currently I only have daytime availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Warmly,

Laura

Updated September 2, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

Laura Van Wyk treats individuals and couples who are 18+ years old. 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 and will receive her AASECT certification at the end of 2022. 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. 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 neutral way in their lives to develop a healthier relationship 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 three 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

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, sex addiction (and ancillary addictions such as pornography addiction), and sexual dysfunction issues. This is the only type of therapy I do couples work with.




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

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

  • Cigna
  • Optum


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (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 have sliding scale slots but they are all full at this time. 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 10am-9pm
  • Tue 11am-9pm
  • Wed 10am-9pm
  • Thu 11am-9pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 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