Dr. Dana Dorfman, MSW, PhD, has over 25 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, parents and adults. 

She’s a lecturer, workshop facilitator, and consultant who has worked with mental health agencies, parenting centers, schools, and organizations.

You can pursue success and be true to your core values.

Dr. Dorfman remains accessible virtually to patients. If you’re interested in individual or adolescent/pre-adolescent psychotherapy, couples or relationship therapy, or parenting guidance, please contact Dr. Dana Dorfman at drdanadorfman@gmail.com or call (212) 223-2709.

If you’re a journalist seeking comments for an upcoming article or you represent an organization interested in booking Dr. Dorfman at an upcoming meeting, webinar, or podcast, please use the contact info above.

In our highly competitive culture, it’s easy to compromise what’s most important and true to you.

It doesn’t have to be that way.


As a New York City-based psychotherapist, I guide high achieving adolescents and adults to express their authentic selves, improve their relationships, and pursue values-driven success.

Whether you’re a student exhausted by school pressures, a parent overwhelmed by your “must do” list, or a professional drained by a 60-hour work week, I can help you.

I’ve talked with hundreds of parents who feel trapped in a Parenting Paradox. They’re torn between making choices that will contribute to their child’s academic and professional success, and choices that align with their values.

If you find yourself saying, “If I want my child to succeed, we have to ____,” but feel uneasy about the never-ending list of tests, services, classes, and extracurricular activities that fill in that blank, you may be experiencing the Parenting Paradox.


Parenting Paradox

Learn how other parents are navigating the Parenting Paradox.

You and your children can achieve authentic success.

You don’t have to compromise.

I promise.

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2 Moms on The Couch Podcast

Join Dana and Amy on the couch as they dish about about life’s biggest issues. Serious insights from Dana’s work as a psychotherapist and Amy’s work as a comic, management consultant, and wife of a psychiatrist are couched in the kind of irreverence you can only get from two kinda-related New York moms who are (almost) out of ****s to give!

Teen Brain Trust

As a Lead Advisor,  Dana and the Teen Brain Trust Team offer fun, easy-to-understand, online courses about adolescent neuroscience. As adults learn to surf kids’ neurology, they support teens’ healthy development, improve communication and manage tough parenting decisions with greater confidence and ease!


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Pre-order Dr. Dorfman's upcoming book, When Worry Works: How to Harness Your Parenting Stress and Guide Your Teen to Success.
Coming out February 2023.

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