Tim Van Antwerp, MSW
Hey there! I'm Tim, I’ve been in the field of social work for over 12 years. I would call myself a more “out of the box” type of thinker, and I like to incorporate ideas from both traditional and non-traditional approaches. Life is not a one-size-fits-all outfit, and neither are our minds. The things I find most important for both myself as a therapist and for those who I work with are being genuine, being open-minded, being as holistic as possible when it comes to treatment and believing there are many ways to get to a particular place. There is a term, equifinality, which means that there are many routes to a destination, and that can have several different looks.
I am the father of an autistic child and a veteran of the US Marine Corp. Both of these experiences have been driving factors that led me to the path of working with others to improve their mental health. The journey through social work has changed my life in so many ways. A journey that has taught me a lot about change, and that we are all fully capable of it.
I enjoy playing guitar, singing, fishing, playing disc golf, and pretty much doing anything out in nature. I am also a rather spiritual person. I am very broad-minded in that regard. I believe we have a lot of tools at our disposal to overcome the rough patches of life, it sometimes is just a matter of learning where those tools are and then learning how to use them. As Carl Gustav Jung once stated, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
I firmly believe that we are all capable of great things, and that oftentimes, the hardest parts of our lives can be used as tools to grow, or as I like to say “level up.” You can level up. Let’s start today.