Online counseling for Pennsylvania based entrepreneurs

I know what it’s like to live the life of an entrepreneur.

To the world, you’re smart, creative, exceptionally talented, and successful.

You’re an “out of the box” thinker.

You imagine being the next Uber or Airbnb.

Maybe even a future unicorn.

But the path hasn’t been easy.

You’ve had the success and done the “hustle thing.”

But it’s come at a high cost.

You’ve missed birthdays, Little League games, and anniversary dinners.

You’ve worked 16 hour days.

You’ve slept with your phone underneath your pillow.

The payments haven’t even cleared from your last launch, and you’re already thinking of the next step.

The goal posts keep moving.

You thought being an entrepreneur would create freedom, but it’s just created a fancy cage for yourself.

You’re ready to break out.


Hi. I’m Dr. Varghese (but please call me Melvin).

I’m a psychologist and successful entrepreneur.

I help entrepreneurs overcome the mental roadblocks that prevent success.

Our work together will always be collaborative.

Don’t worry…I’m not going to have you lay on a couch and keep saying “Hmm” to what you say.

Instead, we’ll identify your unique strengths and your blind spots.

We’ll discover what you believe in and how you can create a business that aligns with these values.

That way, you’re intentionally creating a business you’re proud of.

We’ll laugh together (probably at my expense).

I’ll gently challenge you to break old patterns of thinking and acting that are stopping you from achieving success.

I use a variety of research-based strategies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness.

We’ll learn helpful skills like learning to observe your thoughts without judging them and ways to focus in the moment despite chaos all around you.

My goal is to give you the mental training, skills, and strategies to perform at your peak.


We meet online using highly-secure video conferencing software.

That way, we can meet from home, the beach, or whether you’re traveling.

In my 10 years of counseling others, I’ve learned the connection you feel with your counselor is one of the best predictors of you feeling better.

That’s why I offer a FREE 20 min consultation.

This way I can answer any questions you have and we can decide, together, whether we’re a good fit.


Whether we work together or not, I ‘m grateful that you’re here.

Take care of your mind is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself, your business, and those who love you.

Here’s a glance at my own entrepreneurial journey.


April 1982

A healthy, bundle of joy was born in Kerala, India

The Young Entrepreneur

June 1987

My parents told me that I loved to create as a kid. Here’s a picture of me making either a rocket or a house (I can’t believe my parents let me use a saw at age 5!)

The Move

May 1989

Wanting to provide a better life our family, my parents immigrated to the U.S (Texas). Leaving all that you’ve known and having to learn a new language has been one of the hardest but most rewarding things I’ve done.

High School Graduation

May 2000

First in my family to graduate high school and attend college in the US.

College Graduation

May 2004

Completed Bachelors in Psychology.

Start of Grad School

August 2005

Accepted into PhD program.

An Entrepreneurial Spark

October 2006

Really got into landscape photography. Had idea to create a website and forum to display photos but never followed though because of fear.

Entrepreneurship and Social Justice

December 2007

Spent 3 weeks in Bombay, India working with an NGO helping to end human sex trafficking (Bombay has the largest concentrated red light district in the world). Decided to use my abilities to better the world and not just create income.

The Meeting

March 2010

Met my future wife on a humanitarian trip to New Orleans helping rebuilt houses hit by Hurricane Katrina. Never imagined a Cowboys fan and Eagles fan living in one house =P.

Grad School Over!

August 2011

After 5 years, a 120 page dissertation, and over 3,000 hours of counseling others from those directly impacted by 9/11 to brilliant thinkers, to special forces soldiers, I graduated with my PhD.

Officially Licensed

November 2012

Completed internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Idea

September 2014

Idea for podcast came in the shower. Not believing I had anything worthwhile to say or contribute, I put it off for 3.5 months. Learned that ideas without execution simply stay dreams.

Pushing Forward

December 2014

Couldn’t get podcast idea out of my head. Decided that trying my hardest and failing was better than not trying at all.

The Dejection

March 2015

The Dejection

Launched first episode of podcast. 10 downloads on Day 1. I was crushed.

Top Ranked Podcast

March 2015

Podcast became one of the top 15 new podcasts in iTunes. I cried tears of joy

First E-Course

November 2015

First E-Course

Launched The Healthcasters, the first community and course for health, wellness and fitness podcasters. Over 1,200 podcasters expressed interest but only 6 bought. Decided to invest in the 6 who bought trusting things would work out.

First podcasting webinar

December 2015

The first podcasting webinar had 13 signups and 2 attended live. I would be lying if I said that was not hard season.


March 2016

Podcast passed 175,000 downloads and listeners in over 65 countries.

A Growing Blog

May 2016

STC Blog reaches 7,000 monthly visitors.

Podcast Sponsorship

June 2016

Community Growth

August 2016

Selling The Couch Community passes 3,000 aspiring and current mental health providers.

Webinar success

September 2016

First “$6k webinar.” Learned that you can be kind, thoughtful, and still create income.

Podcasting Growth

November 2016

Healthcasters passed 80 podcasters.


November 2016

100th podcast episode.
Decide to take a break in December. Learned that action without intentional vision only leads to burnout.


December 2016

Reach 600 webinar signups. Learned that pacing is key an entrepreneur.

Ready to break thru the mental roadblocks and achieve your business dreams?

Please schedule a no obligation, free consult (please note that this only available for residents of Pennsylvania).