New therapist arrives at Thrive

Sandra Van Campen

Sandra Van Campen, LPCC, LADC

Meet Sandra Van Campen, LPCC, LADC

We are excited to welcome our newest therapist, Sandra Van Campen, to Thrive Therapy! Sandra’s experience in the field of addiction and trauma alongside her compassionate and inclusive approach, makes her an asset to the growing practice. We asked Sandra a few questions in hopes that you might get to know her better:

Q: What drew you to the field of psychology?

Sandra: My mother was a social worker and from her example she instilled in me the desire to help those who were experiencing life challenges. From our relationship I learned compassion and acceptance of others, and myself, no matter what the situation.

Q: What are your areas of concentration? Why?

S: Much of my experience has been working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma, either as a child, as an adult, or both. Trauma includes but is not limited to: physical, verbal, or sexual abuse, neglect, witnessing abuse and/or serious accidents. Traumatic experiences can lead to lowered self-esteem, depression, anxiety, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, and addictive behaviors including drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, or over-spending. I am able to come alongside individuals as a support as they navigate through the past and grief associated with their experiences.

As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I have also worked in addiction treatment programs. Addictive behavior is often used as a coping skill to numb or mask an underlying emotional pain. As we begin to understand our addictions and how they once brought relief, we are able to develop more effective coping skills. We are able to experience our emotions, advocate for help and support in ways that doesn’t include the consequences related to drugs or alcohol.

Q: What do you do in your spare time? For fun?

S: I really enjoy reading, Mysteries being my favorite. I love to dance and sometimes have been known to dance around the house! Dancing fills me with energy and joy. In the summer, I tend my flower gardens. I also have a cairn terrier (like Toto in the Wizard of Oz) and we take nature walks in the surrounding parks.

Q: How would you describe your therapeutic approach? 

S: I operate from a Strength-Based approach and accepting people where they are right now in their life. So often, we are so critical of ourselves and discount our strengths and abilities because of our circumstances. Part of my role is helping people become their own cheerleader, discovering self-advocacy. I use a variety of therapeutic tools as they suit the individual and their circumstances. As an objective supporter in my client’s lives, I find that I can provide options to manage difficult situations in new ways.

Q: What is really important to you personally? Professionally?

S: Personally: Relationships, relationships, relationships!  Family and friends are extremely important to me.

Professionally: I cannot think of a more rewarding career than one that is designed to relieve emotional pain and improve quality of life. I celebrate those moments where hope returns to my clients as they experience the benefits of practicing new changes and experiencing authenticity.

Q: Favorite quote?

S: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about dancing in the rain.”

Q: What is one thing you think is important for everyone to know?

S: Live your life in a way that is authentic to who you are, not how you “should” be. Ask for help, you don’t have to do it on your own. It is possible to experience freedom from the feelings from your past circumstances.


—Sandra Van Campen is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor serving families and individuals therapeutically in Burnsville, MN at Thrive Therapy. For more information about Sandra’s services and schedule availability contact Thrive Therapy or schedule an appointment online.