Paul Van Stelle LPC, LMHC
Paul has a Masters in Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1990) and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from North American Baptist Seminary (1999). Paul currently has an LMHC in the State of Washington.
Paul has training and experience in the areas of at risk and oppositional children and adolescents, explosive children and adolescents, youths on probation or parole, persons dealing with ADHD, sexual addictions, eating disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Another area that Paul has training and experience is with the chronically mentally ill, as well as mentally handicapped adults.
Paul has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, school settings, in a runaway youth shelter, and has been a therapist on a juvenile drug court team.
Paul offers therapeutic services for persons age 3-64, but in particular children and youth and their parent(s). He offers individual, couples, and family therapy.
Paul is also available to present in church and school settings on parenting issues and marriage issues.
Paul's theoretical orientation is informed by marriage and family systems theory, self psychology, collaborative problem solving, and motivational interviewing. Paul operates from a strength based framework with a strong emphasis in working collaboratively with family, legal, and educational systems. His theological training offers a unique perspective in dealing with the aspect of spirituality and wellness.
Paul believes that challenging behavior in kids should be understood and recognized in the same manner as other recognized learning disabilities. Difficult children and adolescents lack important cognitive skills essential to handling frustration and mastering situations requiring flexibility and adaptability. The solution is to help adults to teach these skills and teaching caregivers and children to work towards mutually satisfactory solutions to problems causing conflict.
Paul's interests include movies, music (including playing piano), cooking, photography, and spending time with his family.
0-5, 6-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-64
Autism Spectrum Disorder , Substance use issues, Adoption, Women’s Issues, Terminal illness issues, Developmental Disabilities, LGBTQ+, Military/veterans, Foster Care/DHS Involved, Medical conditions, Domestic Violence, Transgender Issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Mindfulness, Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Eating Disorders , Grief/Death, Postpartum Depression , Religious/Spiritual Issues, Parenting Issues, Men's Issues, Sexual Issues, Addictions, Christian Counseling