Meet Dr. Van Voolen
Welcome to my therapy practice. I believe that the match between a therapist and a patient is an important variable in the effectiveness of therapy and so I invite you to drop in and get acquainted as you consider what kind of provider might be a good fit for you or your family.
I am aware that the decision to pursue therapy can be anxiety-producing and that patients have varying levels of experience and comfort with therapy. It is not easy to raise concerns in front of another and even though I have been doing this work for over 20 years, I am always amazed and inspired by the courage I have witnessed as patients tackle painful issues. I have been equally awed and humbled by the power of a safe and positive therapeutic alliance to transform difficulties into opportunities for growth.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
- Albert Einstein
My approach is to work with patients where they are currently, and gently act as their guide to help them: manage emotional distress, strengthen their ability to cope with current and future challenges, and achieve personal, relationship, and professional life goals.
Having received training in various schools of therapy, I can pull from different perspectives to individualize treatment, often integrating a psychodynamic perspective with cognitive-behavioral tools. This means that while I address underlying historical patterns that keep people stuck, I also offer concrete strategies that patients can take away from their sessions. I bring my personal commitment to wellness to my work with an eye to strengths and the ultimate goal of helping patients help themselves.
Common conditions addressed:
young adult issues
autism spectrum disorders
With the many competing priorities for our time and energy, I have tremendous respect when people prioritize emotional health. If you wish to make an appointment, please call (315) 415-0157.
“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them."
Bachelor of Arts, with distinction in all subjects - Cornell University
M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - American University
Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship - Georgetown University Medical Center
Pre-doctoral training programs
Georgetown University Counseling Center
American University Counseling Center
Children’s National Medical Center
SUNY Upstate, Department of Child Psychiatry
SUNY Upstate Department of Pediatrics, Developmental Evaluation Center
Private practice - Skaneateles NY, 10 years
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After scheduling an appointment, you can call my billing service, O’Briens Billing, to discuss your mental health coverage and make payment arrangements. Contact: Obriens Billing | (315) 437-1451 or www.obriensbilling.com.