Melvin Varghese

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Hi. I’m Melvin. I’m a licensed psychologist, girl dad, and fellow founder.

A few years ago, when I was looking for a therapist.  I came on many pages like this one. To be honest, many were super sterile, and I felt like I couldn’t get a gauge on whether the therapist was worth working with.

I know you’re probably on this page to:

  1. Get a feel for me
  2. Make sure I can help you with what you’re through.
  3. Make sure that I’m competent

So I want to uses this page to answer these questions.

I love my job as a psychologist because I love helping people feel less alone as they go through life.

Most of my practice is focused on working with founders of companies (small business owners, medical private practice owners, tech and SAAS founders, Presidents/CEO’s/C-Suite, etc.) helping their communities and moving the world forward but feeling overwhelmed and alone.

Overwhelmed and alone as a founder of color navigating building a successful company while realizing that the playing field is not always equal (access to capital, having a seat at the decision table, etc.)

Overwhelmed and alone as a venture-capital backed founder building quickly while anxiously walking a fine between your dreams and those of your investors while teetering on the edge of burnout, depression, and anxiety..

Overwhelmed and alone as a founder dad struggling to balance a growing business with what matters most at home.  Because, as the saying goes, “Everyone knows that if a child’s parent dies, the child will suffer with sadness and loss.  No one thinks about this being the case when a child loses a parent to success.”

Our work together combines my personal experience as a public-facing CEO since 2015, having a PhD in psychology, and spending 12+ years as a psychologist (around 11k+ hours in the therapy room or supervising others).

I work with founders because, when I’m not in private practice, I focus on sustainably growing a successful 6-figure online business, host a Apple Top Career podcast (1.8 million with listeners in over 40 countries), and share my thoughts on LinkedIn where my posts reached 460k+ views in the first 16 months.

I know the pressure that comes with growing and leadership. I also know that climbing the ladder of success, in a weird way, makes you feel more alone.

I trained at vanderbilt and worked with U.S. special forces. 

I completed my pre-doctoral and my post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

At Vandy, I worked at one of the most competitive and stressful campuses in the nation.

I worked with everyone from undergrad and grad students to faculty, often from immigrant backgrounds, struggling with everything from depression to losing loved ones in the Twin Towers on 9-11 to building the next big company.

I was also part of Vanderbilt’s mental health crisis response team as we navigated everything from acute psychosis to suicides on campus.

My secondary rotation was in the Polytrauma Clinic at the US Department Of Veteran’s Affairs, where I worked with a number of U.S. Special Forces vets diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury).

This gave me the chance to see and experience how high performers think and act under crazy stressful situations.

I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Vandy as a psychologist in the Vanderbilt’s School Of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

But life had other plans. I moved to Philly in 2012 when my partner and I got married to be closer to family.

When I’m not doing psychologist things, I am probably podcasting or YouTubing, hiking (I write a bit about my rucking fails on LinkedIn), dabbling in landscape photography, or trying to convince my wife to play Settlers Of Catan (she says she will not turn into a nerd like me; I tell her it takes one to know one).

I’m a home body at heart but love spending time with my family and friends and exploring museums and art galleries.

My Education and Credentials

  • Post Doctoral Fellowship: Vanderbilt University
  • Pre-doctoral Internship: Vanderbilt University
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD): Texas Woman’s University (APA-Accredited Counseling Psychology Program; Magna Cum Laude)
  • Bachelor Of Arts In Psychology: Austin College

States I Can Work In

I’m based in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) but see clients from all over the state including Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County.

Through PsyPact, I’m also licensed to practice (and see residents of) Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

I’m 100% telehealth and see clients on Wednesday mornings (9 AM-12 PM EST).

I don’t believe you should be a number so I work with a small number clients at a time (typically 3-5).  This allows me to spend outside time reading, studying, and making tailored recommendations based on what you’re going through. 

Mel, I’m not a Founder but want to work with you.

First, I’m so incredibly honored. Please review the fees page, and if everything looks good, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

I have a special passion for working with Indian-Americans professionals going through really hard moments of life (e.g., caregiving for a parent who has cancer or a terminal illness, grief and loss, professionals struggling to balance work and life and marriage, raising healthy and resilient kids while not pushing them too hard to where it spirals to anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide, and men going through infertility).

Are you looking for counseling?

Please email me – I’m more than happy to help.