Hi! I'm Sheri

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Sheri Perlman, OT, LCSW

My career began as an occupational therapist/sensory integration specialist over 30 years ago. I became committed to understanding and healing the emotional, behavioral, and social sequelae of sensory, language, and learning differences as well as parenting highly sensitive, challenging, struggling children. Intergenerational trauma affects the development of the self and of the self in relationship. The intersection of neurobiology and social, emotional, and behavioral life and helping people to understand how one affects the other is important to me. As a result, I returned to school to pursue a Master of Social Work and I've been practicing as a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst for over 30 years. I specialize in learning differences, parenting, intergenerational trauma, and relationships. I utilize an eclectic approach that combines insight, psychodynamic work, cognitive-behavioral work, mindfulness, and psychoanalysis. I'm compassionate and provide a warm, safe, nurturing experience where curiosity and growth create healing via a therapeutic relationship. My private practice is in Westchester County, NY, and in New York City. I work remotely, as well.

Sheri Perlman, OT, LCSW

Sheri Perlman, OT, LCSW


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  • Washington University School of Occupational Therapy      

  • New York University MSW

  • Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies

  • Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

  • Certification in Hypnosis

  • Training in EMDR

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Let’s build the self confidence, self worth and quality of life you deserve

When you are aware of your feelings and can put them into words, it has a profound effect on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Being able to think about your feelings helps you feel in control, rather than acting without an understanding of your underlying motivations. Reflecting on your feelings will help you regulate your emotions and prevent you from feeling flooded, anxious, and out of control.


I will help you understand how you (or your child/teen) may use self-destructive coping strategies that undermine and sabotage success. Oftentimes people will repeat patterns from past traumas that interfere with their success at work and in their relationships. In a safe and supportive environment we can explore your deepest fears and regrets, dispel false beliefs, and diminish/eliminate anxiety and depression.

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Areas of Expertise: Children, Teens, and Adults

Learning Differences:

Self-esteem, depression, anxiety, social and behavioral struggles in highly sensitive people. Learning differences include:

  •  Sensory Processing and Language Delays

  • Dyslexia/Language-Based Learning Disability

  • ADD/ADHD/Executive Functioning Issues

  • Nonverbal Learning Disorders

  • Spectrum Disorders


Parenting Throughout the Life Cycle:

  • Prenatal/Postpartum

  • Parenting Your Child, Teen, and Young Adult Child



  • Parent-Child Relationships, Adult Sibling Relationships

  • Marital Relationships (Individual Counseling)

  • Friendships and Romantic Relationships


Intergenerational Trauma, Inner Conflict, and a Higher Level of Care:

  • Counseling/analysis more than once a week when other therapy failed

  • Aftercare with Teens and Adults

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I have tried therapy before.

Why will this experience be different?

I am a seasoned and well-trained psychotherapist who will provide you with a level of care you may feel has been lacking in prior therapeutic relationships. In addition to my wealth of training and years of practice, I will place special value on the relationship I have with you. You can feel confident that you are putting yourself in capable hands.


I promise that this therapeutic relationship will be fulfilling, enlightening, and effective.

What should I expect?

When we meet, we will gently explore what keeps you up at night feeling frustrated, anxious, helpless, and in pain. We will determine what challenges are in the way of of your getting what you privately wish for and develop the best plan to overcome these obstacles for the short term and for the trajectory of your life.


Let’s take an inner journey to self-awareness and fulfillment.

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Speaking Events

  • Highly sensitive people, fight/flight/fright and emotional regulation

  • Launching our Young Adults in the Workforce according to their strengths      

  • The Profound Effect Parent work has on our relationship with our Children

  • Building Self-Esteem In Your Child of Any Age

  • Understanding and Parenting Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

  • Parenting Children and Teenagers with and without Learning Differences

  • Managing Emotions, Fears and Anxieties

  • Phobias

  • Talking to Your Teen About Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, and Death

  • Understanding Your Child’s Perplexing Behaviors and How to Manage Them

  • TV Appearance on The Richard French Show speaking about teens and sex.

  • Parenting Effectively and Calmly: You’ve Got This!

  • Understanding and Parenting Your Teenager

  • Nutrition and Emotional Eating

  •  Somatic Complaints: The Body and Emotional Connection



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“Sheri is addicted to learning, growing, creating, and helping. She is the trifecta:

 1)  She is one of the best and most effective therapists that I know.

2) She speaks the language of ASD/ADHD/sensory/learning disabilities - her focus is one of supporting parents and kids therapeutically to help them deal with the emotional/psychological impact of the neurological issues and resultant trauma.

3)  She has lived experience with her own two young adult children."

- Jane Brown, Psy.D. Licenced Psychologist and Neuropsychologist