Hello! I am excited to be considered as your Christian counselor and friend! I have walked with the Lord my whole life. At the age of ten I remember praying with my dad to make my trust official, trusting in the saving power of Jesus and making him Lord (or boss) of my life. I accepted his call to full-time ministry at the age of 16 and was later ordained in 1991. My scriptural motivation arises from Luke 15, the parables of lost thing. I follow the example of Jesus who came to seek and to save that which was lost. My hope is that together we can discover more of God’s amazing grace!
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. 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 and curious. As a pastoral strengths coach, I will consider how to leverage the God-given strengths you possess. I also try to make the experience fun when I can!
I have been married to the same woman since 1992 and have three children. My wife is a social worker and often helped me conduct marriage retreats for Army soldiers. We live in Texas currently but have lived all over because of the Army. I’ve served two deployments to Iraq. My last job in the military was Family Life Chaplain where I counseled and trained chaplains to be better pastoral counselors themselves. For those of you concerned about matching personality, look up INFJ—that’s me!
I love you already and hope we can work together with the Spirit’s help to bring you victory and restoration!
The following link allows you take a personality test that will allow me to get to know you: https://bigfive-test.com/ .
P.S. Some notes on your part:
1. Make sure you are in Texas, and I know where you are. If you are outside of the state, we have to postpone sessions.
2. Make sure no one is in the room with you.
3. Make sure you dress appropriately (casual is okay!)
4. If someone joins the session, make sure they view the informed consent and approved by working with Betterhelp.
5. When you first post, I need the following information:
A. Your family situation
B. Any individual and family past mental health diagnosis' and medications you are on with mg.
C. Describe briefly your social support right now.
D. Tell me briefly of any traumas you have in your story.
E. Any relevant medical conditions that affect your mental well-being.
F. Any developmental delays growing up.
G. Any substance abuse or addictions that are relevant for us.
H. What your strengths and limitations are.
F. Finally, more specifics on your presenting problem.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coaching, ADHD
LMFT #202992 (Expires: 2021-01-01)
Great listener. Offers thoughtful ideas. I love that he prays for me!
He is the best, not enough words to describe how much I appreciate his help! Thank you Dr.
We’ve only had a few sessions so it is difficult to write a thorough review at this time. However, Dr. VanHook, is what I need and I believe God has placed me in his care for that reason. I wanted and needed someone that can help me with the anxiety and years of depression using scripture as the primary source and Dr. VanHook is well versed in that area. He is empathetic and shows genuine concern for my well being, which makes it easy for me to be able to talk freely about my struggles and fears, without feeling that I am being judged. He is very understanding and professional in addressing my needs and concerns.
Dr. Van Hook is amazing and a God send to me. I appreciate all that he does for me.
We have only had one session, but Dr. Van Hook was very professional, understanding, am quick to respond to messages.
Best counselor I’ve ever had. He listens and validates what I’m feeling, but also challenges me to see different perspectives. He always ties my insights to my faith which is helping me overcome and grow.
He is concerned and cares about how to get you better.
He really knows his stuff and provides Biblical insight
Great counselor who actually listens to you.
You were there to help me when I needed help the most. I appreciate and feel So Blessed. Thank You
Dr. VanHook is both friendly and professional. He has provided me with an education on what is happening with me physically, mentally, and emotionally and he has given me tools to bring about a healthy change. I truly appreciate the guidance and prayers Dr. VanHook gives each session.
Dr. VanHook, has a calm and reassuring voice/manner with which he counsels in; with both a professional and biblical perspective.
He takes the time to read and responds to messages even when not scheduled for a session. He’s helped me clear my perspective as a person and a Christian. All I can say is praise God, thank you Dr. VanHook, and I highly recommend him.
Dr. Van Hook is an insightful and intelligent counselor who is helping me a great deal.
His approach is professional and I highly recommend him to anyone needing counseling.