Michi Scharf

Michi S.

New York, NY
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Michi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16 to 60

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Despite all the knowledge they may have and all the "how-to" information at their fingertips, many people live their lives as if they were powerless and completely at the mercy of external circumstances. It is true that there are many things that we cannot change. However, even if our circumstances remained the same and the only thing we were able to change was our minds, it could open up a whole new world of opportunity. That is the core reason I decided to become a coach. My name is Michi and my mission is to help individuals become aware and make use of the one, incredibly powerful tool everyone has at their disposal: their own mind.

I earned a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Psychology, and am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. I also have a background in music. My approach to coaching is heavily influenced by all of these disciplines, but what makes it unique is that it looks at self-development through the lens of creativity. More specifically, I view the process of pursuing your goals and navigating life's challenges primarily as a creative one. To me, the creative process is a cycle of goal-driven work, creative breakthroughs, and creation (bringing your vision into reality). In music, this might mean noodling around on the piano until you come up with something you like and turn it into a song. In life, this might mean thinking about what you want and what you can do to achieve your goal, and then taking the necessary action steps to succeed. Regardless of the scenario, I view the creative process almost as a natural law: If you put in the work, you will have breakthroughs and you will bring your vision into reality; it is simply a matter of time, discipline, and perseverance. Thus, much of my work with clients revolves around fostering their trust in the creative process.

Practically speaking, this means that, within the context of assisting them with their individual needs, I intend to help all clients:
(1) Shift from an "I can't" mentality to a "how can I?" mentality.
(2) Get to a place where achieving their goals becomes a matter of "when," not "if."

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Psychology Extern
Sep 2018 - May 2019
Services for the Underserved SUS

- Provided psychotherapy to adults with a range of psychological difficulties, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Dec 2014 - Aug 2015
NYC Civil and Small Claims Court

• Provided conflict resolution services for parties with financial disputes

Jan 2013 - Aug 2015
New York Peace Institute

• Provided conflict resolution services for parties in community conflicts, such as those between neighbors, roommates and family members.


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Sep 2018 - Present
Long Island University
M.A. Psychology - Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
Sep 2016 - May 2018
The New School
B.A. Philosophy
Sep 2007 - May 2011
Connecticut College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Youth-Involved Mediator
Jun 2015
New York Peace Institute

• Certified to mediate parent-teen disputes and providing services in youth-involved cases, including those referred by the Criminal Court, the New York City Family Court Department of Juvenile Probation, and Corporation Counsel

Divorce Mediator
Feb 2015
New York Peace Institute

• Certified in the practice of divorce mediation.

Civil Court Mediator
Feb 2015
New York Peace Institute

• Certified to mediate disputes that are the subject of active litigation in New York City Civil Court

Mar 2014
New York Peace Institute

• Certified as a community mediator for cases referred to the New York Peace Institute

German Oral Proficiency: Advanced High
Jun 2010
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)


Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
Apr 2011
Institute of International Education


American Psychological Association
Oct 2017

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

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Jeremy Aug 3, 2019
Life Coaching · In studio

Michi is deeply attune to client's needs in facing obstacles, during college prep or the navigation through life issues. His supportive and engaging disposition is really helpful, making it easy to trust him. He's both systematic and thorough, which really supports the learning process. Thanks Michi for lending us your life skills!

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Sebastian Jul 23, 2019
Life Coaching ·

Michi is a professional who is always willing to go the extra mile to help someone in need. He shows a true desire to help you overcome your obstacles, by listening to each concerning matter and giving constructive feedback; helping you get back into a positive state of mind.

Highly recommend Michi if you are looking to change your life around.

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Connor Jul 10, 2019
Life Coaching · Online

Michi has an incredible work ethic and keen mind. He's able to help you process your thinking in a methodical and systematic way, and always provides perspective, so as to help clients recalibrate and have a proper mindset.

Highly recommend working with Michi!

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Andrea Jul 10, 2019
Life Coaching ·

Michi is supportive, thoughtful and honest in his words and actions. Most importantly: he listens. Like, actually listens. Whenever I've come to him with some life quandaries (be it relationships or the challenges of pursuing a career in the visual arts), I've always felt heard and taken seriously; and my thoughts, carefully considered. Our conversations are always sincere, candid and constructive.

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Crispin Jul 3, 2019
Life Coaching · In home

I was in a dark place and Michi really helped me turn my life around. He has an uncanny ability to connect and really make an environment that fosters growth and self-improvement. He was honest and direct, and if I ever lost motivation he reinvigorated my drive. Due to my inconsistent work hours, setting a consistent block of time was challenging but his flexibility in working around my schedule was a huge plus.
I think anyone who is honestly looking to improve themselves would greatly benefit from what he can offer. He gets my full 5 stars!

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