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

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

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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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