New York Post article on New Luxury Playtime Perks

New York Post article on New Luxury Playtime Perks

Kathryn Smerling, Ph.D. recently quoted in April 23rd’s New York Post article on New Luxury Playtime Perks. “No child will appreciate the joy of sharing an intimate experience with a parent if this is the norm” – Upper East Side … Continue reading



Upper East Side Family Therapy

Dr. Kathryn Smerling is a leading Upper East Side family therapy professional who uses connection, communication, and community to bring people to a better life.

With a firm belief in this perspective, Dr. Smerling views therapy as a practice people should be proactive about. She advises clients to come to her before problems arise, so that they are better equipped if and when they do. “You don’t need to wait for a crisis to learn how to self-reflect and be mindful.” Those who make therapy part of their life have a clearer grasp on themselves, their health, and their direction.

Giving back is also a crucial part of Dr. Smerling’s philosophy on being healthy. She encourages her clients to engage in this practice, and does so herself through frequent community service. She also participates in speaking engagements and television interviews to share her approach both locally and globally.

With a lifelong curiosity, Dr. Smerling is constantly learning in areas related to her field. Currently, she is pursing accreditation in emotionally focused therapy and learning about the neurobiology of emotions. While always on the cutting edge of knowledge and academia, Dr. Smerling recognizes the deep need for the real-world application of therapy to life. She always targets a balance of pedagogy and practicality in her psychotherapy approach.


Ashley Madison

August 31, 2015

Five years ago, a couple walked into my office with a crisis – the husband’s infidelity. This was not unusual for me as a family therapist. What was a first in my practice, was that “Ashley Madison” was the other … Continue reading

When Too Much Is Not Good Enough

July 31, 2015

In 1953, David Winnicott coined the term “the good-enough mother.” In short, his work gave mothers permission to be more human and less perfect. We can be great mothers even if we cannot meet our children’s needs 100% of the … Continue reading

My Parent’s Home

July 1, 2015

I just returned from Florida where my sister and I spent four days deconstructing my parents’ home. Both Mom and Dad passed within the last couple of years – and we just sold their house after a series of rentals. … Continue reading