If asked, my clients would say that I have helped them to see the competing emotions behind their actions and to choose to listen to the voice of their own natural emotions.

They feel differently now because they better recognize the emotions to ignore and the emotions to embrace.

Parents of young adults would tell you that I am able to be trusted by and with their children and enable them to feel stronger and more capable of representing themselves to the world.

“Early adulthood is unique time to grow and learn about ourselves and our emotions. It’s a time when the way we were raised crashes into our natural emotions. The conflict causes symptoms such as anxiety attacks, lack of motivation, avoidance, inability to function, feeling lost and many other experiences of emotional distress. Understanding the root cause enables the young adult to harness their emotions to build a life based on what they want rather than what they have been told is right for them.

I know this to be true both professionally and personally. As a pre-med student at Princeton University at 20 years old, I ran into myself. It took a series of panic attacks and a year off from school to learn who I was and what I wanted. I came back to school and changed my career path from medicine/science to clinical psychology, people, and the doctor-patient relationship. I became the doctor that I wanted to be rather than the doctor I was supposed to be. I went one step further. I asked my girlfriend to marry me. After 41 years of marriage and 32 years of clinical practice, I can say that they were the two best choices of my life.”

He played collegiate tennis at Princeton University, spent 10 years as a teaching tennis professional, played three sports in high school, tennis, football and ice hockey, and served as a youth sports coach in soccer and baseball for 10 years. Professionally, Dr. Van Schoyck has served as a member of a sports medicine team with two local hospitals since 1995, has published research on attention/concentration in sport, and worked with athletes of all levels to balance the emotional demands of competitive athletics with their personal lives.

He earned his BA in Biology from Princeton University in 1975, and his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1984. He is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.