A collaborative and dynamic psychotherapist, Dr. Kathryn Smerling specializes in creating healthy and meaningful relationships. She works with individuals and families in all phases of life, crises-related or otherwise. Her extensive professional and educational experience has developed her working knowledge of a broad range of techniques, allowing her to creatively tailor sessions to meet the specific needs of her clients.
Dr. Smerling provides individual adult therapy, as well as comprehensive couples and family therapy. She also specializes in family systems, with an approach that is both inclusive and supportive of children and their needs within the greater picture of the family. Having begun her career as a nursery school teacher, Dr. Smerling has always been an advocate for children and their education. She is an authority in aiding families going through divorce, both as a parent coordinator and a child advocate, and she is a known expert with families who have children in the autistic spectrum, especially when it comes to working with their siblings.
With extreme commitment to her outside work, Dr. Smerling currently serves as a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai in the department of OBGYN and on the Dean’s Council at the New York University School of Social Work. Previously, she was on staff at Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry and was an instructor at Fordham University in the department of Early Literacy. She also served on the Auxiliary Board of Mount Sinai Hospital, on the Council Against Substance Abuse as co-chairperson of the Women’s Leadership Forum-Education Committee in New York, on the Child Care Action Campaign, on the Concerned Parents for AIDS, on the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and on the National Center for Learning Disabilities.