Online Counseling
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M.Div, LCSW, PhD Dr. Scott Lovaas

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Scott Lovaas is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: M.Div, LCSW, PhD
Years in Practice: 30
State: VA

Thanks for taking peek at my bio! My approach is wholistic--meaning I draw upon a variety of clinical theories. My first task to to provide deep listening in an effort to understand. I try and look at the whole picture and how the pieces all fit together for you and your context. I am direct, candid, and solution focused with kindness, curiosity and gratitude as my foundation.

A little about me: I have three advanced degrees in divinity, social work and media studies and I have worked in a wide variety of settings across 13 states. I also have five grown daughters. Wanderlust is in my blood--I have been fortunate to have travelled to over 48 countries, and always hoping there is more on the horizon. Additionally, I am a certified Laughing Yoga instructor--Ho, Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha. Innovation and creativity are in my wheelhouse. All these diverse experiences and education inform all that I do and who I am.

I would love to learn about you and talk about your journey.

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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I've come to Dr. Lovaas for guidance with anxiety/depression and intimacy issues. Through his compassion, knowledge and his holistic approach he has touched on many areas in my life and given me the wisdom and tools to lead a happy but more importantly purpose guided life. I can not recommend him enough.

Oct 24, 2022


Dr.Lovaas has helped me get through some of the biggest hurdles in my life that I’ve struggled with for years!

Aug 27, 2022


Dr. Lovaas is the best!

Aug 23, 2022


Dr. Lovaas surprised me. I came to him with symptoms that I saw as the problem. It took him only a few sessions of getting to know me to understand some underlying issues that I didn't know I'd been bottling up. He has improved my life.

J.O.·Jul 24, 2022


Very caring and gives great advise. He is Helping me through some rough patches

B.E.·Jun 13, 2022


Dr. Lovaas has helped me through major life transitions this year from a career change to a new marriage and family adjustments. He's empowered me in ways that have transformed my life to focus on the important things--relationships and family and enjoying all life has to offer. He is a wonderful therapist and model of how to live life to the fullest. I am so grateful to have had his support and guidance.

B.E.·May 18, 2022


Outstanding, helpful, and professional.

C.O.·May 12, 2022


Scott is awesome. He's down to earth, easy to talk with, but perceptive enough to help you figure out what's going on. He also does a phenomenal job of giving you small incremental and practical steps to take to make progress.

B.E.·May 04, 2022


Scott is an understanding, kind, sympathetic, wise and helpful therapist who is helping me in a myriad of ways. He goes above and beyond the call by emailing me to ask about how I am or how things are going. I enthusiastically recommend him to anyone looking for help.

E.R.·Mar 29, 2022


He’s the man

K.E.·Mar 10, 2022


Dr. Lovaas is amazing. Very thoughtful, direct and helpful in my healing process.

Y.O.·Jan 26, 2022


Dr. Lovaas is completely relatable and takes the time to understand any and all possible issues associated for a full picture of the issue to better help. I wish I had found him much sooner in my therapy journey!

J.E.·Jan 16, 2022


Over the past year, Dr. Lovaas had helped me work through a variety of life events and challenges to include a crisis at work, settling into married life and a new home, and family relationship challenges. He really sought to understand me. He encouraged my husband and I to dream together in a way that's brought us closer and helped us build a beautiful life together. He looks at things holistically and keeps me leaning forward. He is an excellent therapist and all round life coach.

B.E.·Jan 09, 2022


I can't say enough good things about Dr. Lovaas! Scott has made a very strong impact on my life, supporting and teaching me through a hard time with health, past relationship trauma, and family issues. This is my first time going to therapy, and I've felt comfortable and understood. Scott actually cares. He's funny, empathetic, and he goes above and beyond for his clients.

B.O.·Dec 16, 2021


Thank you Dr. Lovaas.

B.E.·Dec 14, 2021


Very considerate

M.A.·Oct 26, 2021


Excellent in every way including listening and offering solutions.

C.O.·Oct 03, 2021


Dr. Lovaas, or Scott as he likes to be called, is friendly, understanding, and helpful. He has a great sense of humor, and is easy to talk to.

C.O.·Aug 10, 2021


Dr. Scott Lovaas was exactly the type of person I needed to talk to. He was able to both productively challenge me on my views and help me get my life back in order.

C.O.·Jul 12, 2021


Dr. Lovaas (M.Div, LCSW, PhD). is smart and articulate. He asks good questions and has projected me forward.

T.H.·May 28, 2021


Scott really listens and immediately calls me out on my bull***t which is exactly what I need 10/10

J.O.·May 12, 2021


Extremely helpful.

S.H.·Apr 18, 2021


Dr. Lovaas (Scott as ge prefers to be called) is a wonderful counselor! He listens well, reads all my entries and is able to synthesize my often scattered thoughts into themes and meaningful reflections. He is warm and counsels from a place of kindness and compassion. He seems to really "get me" which I have found challenging to encounter with previous counselors (outside of Better Help). He truly seems to care and offers meaningful insights, asks thought provoking questions, and gives you the real deal (e.g. tells me what's normal when needed, refocuses me when I'm second guessing myself and my intuition) which I appreciate. Scott takes a holistic approach to his counseling, drawing from diverse paths of study from divinity to yoga. He's amazing and has helped me work through a really tough time with work anxiety. Thank you Scott!

B.E.·Apr 16, 2021


Dr. Lovaas is helping my wife and I rebuild our marriage from the ground up. We've had many sessions together at this point and can highly recommend his care and support if you are struggling to do things on your own. We've also had one-on-one counseling and it has helped us both.

J.A.·Apr 15, 2021


Dr. Lovaas is compassionate and understanding. He's straight forward and open minded.

B.E.·Apr 13, 2021


I really feel like Dr. Lovaas cares and he’s concerned about my well being.

J.E.·Apr 12, 2021


Dr. Scott has been very understanding the past few weeks with me and my anxiety issues. Hes helped me so much and has really helped throughout our sessions. I look forward to talking to him every week

A.U.·Apr 11, 2021


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