β€œThe best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
Bob Moawad

John Vander Ven Jr. LPCMH, NCC, JSOCC


Path

My path to becoming a therapist has been influenced by a lot of different life experiences and people who have influenced me. I always had a knack for helping others and seeing unorthodox ways to solving problems. I became very interested in my own behaviors and thoughts as a student which led me to major in Psychology for my undergrad degree; where I attended Wesley College in Dover, DE. I then attended Wilmington University where I received my Masters Degree in Community Counseling. 


Experience

My experience in the field started in 2010 under a state contract CCCP program, where I worked with adults that had disorders that prevented them from properly taking care of their basic needs. I then became a Multisystemic Therapist (MST), where I worked intensively with families and adolescents in the community to address all of their environment systems. This was accomplished in their homes with families, schools with teachers, and neighborhoods with friends. Then I transitioned into the role of Family Support Therapist (FSP), where I became a Certified Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor and worked with adolescents and their families on inappropriate sexual behaviors and how to effectively transition back into the community. In 2012, I transitioned out of the state contract realm and became an out-patient therapist and contracted with agencies and schools to provide services for their business. In 2016, I started my own group practice that is Mental Edge Counseling, LLC.


Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC)
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Certified Counselor (JSOCC)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

Personal Philosophy

My approach to therapy heavily favors the behavioral model and a realistic approach. I believe everyone is capable of accomplishing what they want, if they are able to push themselves hard enough. Therapy takes time and these goals can be accomplished, but it is not always comfortable. I love helping people challenge themselves and celebrate the small victories they have on the way to accomplishing their overall goals. I work to be honest and direct with my clients, which can put some people in a defense mode. We will however, work to create meaningful solutions to problems and struggles they face on a daily basis.