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Melanie Van Orden(She/Her/Hers)

Master of Social Work, MSWLicensed Social Worker, LSW
New York
Anxiety - Career counseling- Existential crisis & challenges-Love Addiction-Religious Trauma Recovery-Sex addiction-
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Professional statement

Hi, I’m Melanie Van Orden, and I’m a psychotherapist and professional life coach in New York City. I offer psychotherapy to clients that reside in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida. I offer life coaching, trauma recovery coaching, and psychedelic integration coaching to clients worldwide.

I specialize in working with people who are creative and sensitive, but often struggle with issues surrounding self-worth and meeting their own needs. These individuals frequently prioritize being liked, accepted, and approved of, which can hinder their ability to express their true selves and pursue their genuine desires. Additionally, they tend to be overly critical of themselves, burdened by feelings of shame, blame, and guilt.

The clients I work with are also often facing professional transitions from unfulfilling careers, navigating romantic relationship issues (such as finding new love or leaving unhealthy partnerships), or dealing with grief and loss. I also address deeply personal issues, including questioning the belief systems they were raised with or leaving high-demand groups. I also have expertise in working with queer clients on LGBTQIA+ concerns, helping individuals affected by narcissistic abuse, and assisting my clients in their recovery from love addiction or sex addiction.

No matter what you are currently grappling with, my goal is to assist you to accelerate your healing and growth through a combination of trauma-informed, somatic or body-based practices, and for those that are interested and when it’s appropriate, psychedelic-assisted therapy.

If this resonates with you, I encourage you to reach out and schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.

Message to clients

It takes great courage to reach out for help. I hope that you will reach out to see if we are a good fit to work together. I use an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and queer affirming lens in my work and center the lived experiences of my clients in our sessions together.

I work particularly well with women, creatives, entrepreneurs, and LGBTQIA+ people. My psychedelic work is complimented by my approach utilizing somatic, relational, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed and psychodynamic modalities. I also specialize in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and attachment-based therapy.

A particular area of focus in my practice is religious trauma recovery and spiritual/existential exploration. This includes people experiencing faith transitions, grappling with existential anxiety, and folks leaving high demand religions, especially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints/Mormonism. I also frequently work with cult survivors and people suffering from narcissistic abuse, although this doesn't always happen in a religious setting. I work with clients that settle along the full existential/spiritual spectrum, including atheists, agnostics, spiritual explorers, religious folks, and those who find the question of religion or spirituality irrelevant to them.

If you find yourself in any of the categories listed above, I hope that you’ll reach out for a complimentary 15 minute consultation today. I look forward to hearing from you.

Work and Education

Fordham University, MSW, 2007


New York: 116379-01




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder).

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance.

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness.

Love Addiction - Love addiction creates fixations and compulsions in love interests and can cause desperation or uneasiness when you are away from your lover or sexual partner. Love addicts often find themselves unable to stop seeing a specific person even though they know that seeing that person is destructive to them. It can also result in divorce, affairs, poor job performance, relationship conflict, poor concentration of everyday tasks, enmeshment, clinginess, and extreme emotional highs and lows.

Religious Trauma Recovery - Religious trauma occurs when a person's religious experience is stressful, degrading, dangerous, abusive, or damaging. Traumatic religious experiences may harm or threaten to harm someone's physical, emotional, mental, sexual, or spiritual health and safety.

Sex addiction - Building strategies to reduce harmful sexual behaviors; coping with difficult emotions, thoughts, and urges; maintaining healthy relationships


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

Specializing in ketamine-assisted therapy, narcissistic abuse recovery, psychedelic integration, and religious trauma recovery.


Melanie Van Orden is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$225 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$180 - $225
  • Initial session:$225 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$300 (50min)
  • Group sessions:$50 (60min)
  • Life coaching$225 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Therapy Groups

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Psychedelic Integration Group

Have you had profound or difficult psychedelic experiences and would like to discuss them with others in a therapeutic setting? This group aims to utilize the insights gained from non-ordinary states of consciousness and integrate them into daily life.

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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