Transforming obstacles into opportunities to life’s challenges has been a useful perspective and practice in my experience. I am an integrative therapist and coach, which for me is about taking into account the whole person (body, mind, spirit, relationships, community) including all aspects of lifestyle. I employ evidence based treatment approaches to insure optimal wellbeing, peak performance and connectivity in relationships and beyond. I am strongly influenced by positive psychology, and seeking, “What are the enabling conditions that make human beings flourish?” (Dr. Martin Seligman)

“The underlying premise of positive psychology is that you can learn to be happier just as you can learn a foreign language or to be proficient at golf. This rapidly growing field is shedding light on what makes us happy, the pursuit of happiness, and how we can lead more fulfilling, satisfying lives. “ Dr. Ben-Shahar, Happier

                       MEET Faith


As a wife, mother and professional with low vision, I have a deep appreciation for managing life’s challenges and what determines whether navigating the journey is one that is inspiring and meaningful, vs. one fraught with fear, anxiety and depression. Having experienced a range of all of these emotions, I have learned a few things along the way and have utilized these life lessons to deepen my practice with my clients. Faith, my new guide dog, and Bill before her have literally guided me in the right direction and taught me how to “transform obstacles into opportunities.” This metaphor has served as a lesson for life, propelling me forward with positive energy. (See my blog to learn of my “journey” with Bill my first guide dog).


Call for a strategy session today and begin the road to healing and happiness, and start transforming the obstacles in your life into opportunities!


Karen Perlman, LCSW



"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results." Baseball Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs 

Karen Perlman, LCSW received her Masters from New York University ( and post-graduate training and certificate from the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy,  ( She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition affiliated with Columbia University and is a Holistic Health Practitioner, HHP. In addition, she is a professionally trained ADHD Coach, from ADD Coaching Academy (ADDCA), the world premier ADD Coaching program, certified by International Coaching Federation (ICF). A seasoned and highly skilled individual, couples, family and group therapist for over 25 years she has worked with a variety of clients, including as a family therapist consultant on a research team to perform "Family Focused Grief Therapy" a collaborative effort between Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She was trained in mindfulness by Joh Kabbat-Zinn and in Breathwork with Dr.’s Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg. Currently she is studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) an evidenced based approach to treating ADHD, Anxiety and Depression, among many other life challenges.

Karen is the creator of “Coaching Corner” at CUNY and now in her private practice where she works with college students and professionals with ADHD and Learning Differences and a range of disabilities to learn strategies uniquely customized for each person to perform to their greatest potential, and to find their passion and talents which ultimately lead to happiness and success. 

Karen Perlman, LCSW has been a psychotherapist over 25 years in practice in New York City. In that time she has successfully treated individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and life challenges.