Dr. Larry VanHook

(DM, M.Div, MA)

About Me

Hello! I am excited to be considered as your counselor and friend! I have spent the last 25+ years counseling many diverse people as a minister, Army and hospital chaplain, and now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I hold a doctorate in management and three Master degrees (counseling, religion, ministry), but I also hold a passion for help people who feel lost, broken, abandoned, anxious, or traumatized. I am deeply concerned for the well being of marriages and have lots of experience dealing with couples including those surviving infidelity and addiction. We work to understand your attachment bond, communication style, and conflict strategy.

If your relationship issue involves some trauma in your past, I also am a Certified Family Trauma Professional and trained in approaches that help treat trauma. Moreover, as a chaplain I am well acquainted with grief and loss including the loss of a child.

My counseling approach is integrative, using aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Constructivist, Solution-Focused, mindfulness, family systems, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. I tend to be analytical, curious, and compassionate. I can also be blunt when appropriate. I also try to make the experience fun with use of metaphor and visual aids!

So what should you expect? I have five therapeutic goals based on 40 years of research that works for couple.
1. We help you see the relationship differently.
2. We help you adjust self-defeating behaviors. (You may have to be ready for that!)
3. We help you re-create an emotional bond.
4. We help you re-learn to communicate toward intimacy.
5. We help you build on new or old strengths.
(Benson, L.A., McGinn, M. M., & Christensen, A. (2012). Common principles of couple therapy. Behavior Therapy, 43(1), 25-35.)


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coaching, ADHD

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #202992 (Expires: 2021-01-31)


Reviews

Written by S.T. on Aug 09, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Even after only a couple of sessions, we really seem to be making headway and Larry is good at showing us tools to address our issues.

Written by V.E. on Jul 31, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 5 months on issues concerning relationship

I am delighted to have been matched with Dr. VanHook. My husband and I were blessed to have worked with him for marriage counseling. He is compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable. The techniques he uses are extremely helpful and have made positive impacts on my marriage.

Written by C.A. on Jul 17, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Larry is awesome!

Written by J.A. on Jun 26, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Can't say enough about doctor Larry. Amazing counselor and amazing soul. If you are faith based and struggling, you owe it to yourself to call and request as your counselor.

Written by R.A. on Jun 13, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Van Hook is exceptional and if my husband had been willing I am certain we could have accomplished so much together.

Written by R.O. on Mar 09, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook did a great job with us. Helping us change our mindset on how to communicate and feed off of each. Thank you so much.

Written by R.A. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is the nicest man. He gives the absolute best advice and is right on point. He has helped my husband and I appreciate each other and remember why we fell in love. He gave us tools to help our communication and ReGain our marriage. I cannot thank him enough. If my husband and I ever fall into a rut again, we will reach out to him for sure. Thanks so much!!

Written by C.A. on Jan 16, 2019 after counseling with Larry for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is great and has helped us tremendously.

Written by C.H. on Dec 17, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Larry Van Hook is an amazing counselor, doctor, and friend. He has truly helped me bounce back from a bad place and regain confidence.

Written by B.E. on Nov 05, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

I didn't really have hope that counseling would make any difference, but Dr. VanHook helped me hear what I needed but didn't want to hear and say what I couldn't say right. Maybe there is hope after all.

Written by R.A. on Sep 23, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. VanHook is the best!

Written by R.O. on Aug 30, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

My experience with Dr.VanHook has been very good so far. I was a bit nervous about the video calls but once we started talking it all went away. He’s done good for me and I look forward to keep working with him.

Written by J.U. on Jul 24, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Hook is a brilliant man of God! He will steer your relationship in the right direction if it is God's ultimate purpose for your life. I would highly recommend him to a couple seeking guidance and clarity for their ultimate destination.

Written by J.A. on Jun 09, 2018 after counseling with Larry for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I have only had a couple of sessions but feel confident that Dr. Van Hook has an idea of what’s going on with me in such a short time. He is very professional in his approach. I would recommend him to anyone.