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Clinical Social Worker / Therapist

Melyssa Van Lydegraf, LMSW

Melyssa Van Lydegraf, LMSW photo
Licensed Master Social Worker
Proven Therapy Treatments
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Certifications
 Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Bio
Specialties: Including but not limited to: ADHD, Academic Underachievement, Addiction, Adoption, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Gambling, Grief, Identity Development, Infertility, Infidelity, Internet Addiction, Life Coaching, Marital and Premarital, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Self Empowerment, Self Esteem, Attachment, Communication Issues, Self Image, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postnatal, Postpartum, LGBTQA+, Sexuality/Sexual Identity for Teens and Adults, Self Care, Self-Harming, Spirituality, Substance Abuse, Relationship Issues, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Teen Violence, Transgender, Trauma and PTSD, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, Individual, Family, Couples, Adolescents, and Women’s Issues

Education and Experience: I received by Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, which has provided me a person-centered perspective into my therapy modalities, focused on the immediate and long-term goals of my clients. I previously worked as a Youth and Family Therapist at a Residential Treatment Center, where I specialized working with teenaged girls from 12-18 years of age. I worked with many various disorders and challenges, including mood disorders, personality disorders, social impairments, sexual deviancy, sexual trauma, and eating disorders.

Approach to Therapy: My approach to therapy is to meet the client where they are at. Making the decision to come to a therapist’s office can be very daunting. I want my client to feel that they are in a safe place to discuss their needs for therapy. I tend to use a mixture of Narrative Therapy and Solution-Based Therapy, which allows the client to share their story and where they are at in their lives, while still stayed focused on the main issues and problems at hand. I also include other modalities, as a client will benefit from them, including sand tray therapy, play therapy, art therapy, experiential therapy, and meditation.
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