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life is hitting you with wave after another.

As a founder and CEO, you’re working so hard to keep your growing business or startup moving forward.  To lead well.

As a high-achieving parent, you want to be there for your child, but you feel stuck.

Just shootin’ straight, but life just feels hard – like no matter what you do, things never seem quite calm.

Maybe it’s life stuff happening that’s crippling your ability as a founder and CEO. 

A breakup.  Divorce.  The death of someone you love.  Infertility.  A child struggling with drug use, anxiety, or depression.

People see you as hard-charging and successful.  But, at every single turn, you question whether you’re cut out to lead and grow your business.   

Or maybe it’s just the stress and anxiety that comes as your business grows.

Hiring and firing.  Managing others.  Worrying about cash flow.  Retaining customers.  Bringing in new ones.  Staying competitive in a landscape that seems to change by the day.

Or maybe you’re a high-achieving professional parent that’s used to success.

A physician, entrepreneur, C-Suite executive, attorney, or engineer.

But what you’ve done doesn’t seem to be working with your child.

You see your kid struggling to get out of bed or get so overwhelmed before every AP test.  

You want to help them, but your emotions are all over the place, and it’s hard to think clearly. 

You feel guilty for even thinking, “Why can’t they just suck it up?” because you also know that’s not type of parent you want to be.  

You don’t want to crush your child with expectations, and you worry they’ll grow up hating you.

Or they’ll do something worse to themselves like trying to hurt themselves or attempt suicide.

 what if tomorrow looked different? 

You can do entrepreneurship and parenting differently. 

But, most importantly, you can feel better.  You can share things that you’ve kept bottled inside. 

You can learn new tools to help you manage the anxiety and stress that comes with founding and leading a company or helping your child as they manage anxiety and depression. 

I’m a Indian-American psychologist, a fellow successful founder, and my wife and I are two young professionals who are trying to raise our daughter in a world that seems more cut throat and intense than ever before. 

I work with two groups of people.

First, founders and C-Suite executives in most states across the U.S. find calm, manage the anxiety and stress of growing a company. 

Second, high-achieving parents (often parents of color) who are trying to help their child who’s struggling academically and/or with depression and anxiety. 

I’m a first-generation immigrant and struggled with depression and anxiety in middle and high school. 

I initially started pre-med with the goal to be a pediatrician.  But found my calling as a psychologist.

I was trained at Vanderbilt University and a part of Vandy’s Mental Health Crisis Response team so I’m very familiar what you may be going through on many levels. 

We use insight-oriented talk therapy and ACT (Acceptance And Commitment Therapy), a proven and evidence-based method that combines Eastern and Western methods to help find relief.

 

Hi. I’m Mel.

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

From 2015 on, I deviated from a traditional career to bootstrap an online business from a tiny home office and a TV dinner stand from Walmart. 

In the process, my podcast unexpectedly became an Apple Top Career podcast (1.8 million+ downloads with listeners in over 120 countries), and I launched an online course and a mastermind that both hit $300k in revenue.

But I also struggled with depression, anxiety, and insomnia as a founder and CEO especially after our daughter was born 2 months premature. 

It made me realize the growth of my business will always be impacted by how well I take care of my mental health.  So I started weekly therapy. 

In 2024, I decided to come back to clinical work mainly with founders of businesses small and big, especially founders of color, VC-backed founders, and founder dads.

The entrepreneurship journey is full of unimaginable highs and gut-punching lows. 

And unless you’re in it, very few people understand the toll on your health and your relationships.  Let’s work together to manage the emotional ups and downs so that you can build and lead well.

72% of founders say starting their company impacted their mental health, 37% struggle with anxiety, 36% are burnt out,  and 10% have regular panic attacks.  ~Startup Snapshot 

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Would highly recommend working with Mel, especially for Dads, people of color, small business owners, and CEOs/founders – even if you’ve never thought “counseling” or “therapy” are for you. Think of it more like performance coaching. Mel helps me be a better leader and Dad.

– Raj lulla (fruitful design)
Khe Hye

“Melvin is a special blend of kind, thoughtful and empathetic. He’s a fantastic listener and thinking partner who really understands people and the challenges they are going through.”

– KHE HY (RADREADS)

Online (video) counseling for residents of AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, & WY.