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"My Story" started with helping survivors of abuse and continued with children. They responded to the modality of play therapy and healed themselves through play, faster and better than adults seem able to heal. This led to training in Sand World Therapy and Filial (parent-child) Therapy to help adults and children heal and bond after separation, loss, addiction and shared generational trauma. This led to exploration of energy healing modalities such as Thought Field Therapy, EMDR and Heart Rhythm Meditation, and the exciting field of Energy Psychology. Yes, I am easily led! And the exploration of the new growing edge of psychology, at the frontiers of human consciousness, seem to benefit clients in bigger and better ways. It is a pleasure to join with others who are doing somatosensory therapy, alternative holistic therapies, mindfulness practice, and varieties of energy healing, and the tried and true of integrative medicine. It takes a whole village to heal a whole person!
Specialty(s): Dr. O’Connor provides general mental health evaluations and counseling for persons of all ages, including children, adolescents and families. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor through the International Association for Play Therapy, and has decades of experience helping children and adolescents. Common treatment issues include mood and behavior challenges, separation anxiety, adjustment and stress management, parent child interaction, and recovery from hardship and trauma. Dr. O’Connor is a Certified Trauma Specialist through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. She offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,) and Thought Field Therapy, with applications for children. She is also trained in Michelle Garcia-Winner’s “Social Thinking,” a cognitive therapy for children with social behavioral struggles. This curriculum is highly successful in helping children and adolescents who are mildly autistic. This approach also helps children with ADHD and related behaviors to develop impulse control, better social awareness and improved executive functioning.
Office Policies: Part-time practice accepting new clients @ Sedona Office.
Insurance Information: Accepting BC/BS, Medicare, with United Health Care and Aetna pending.
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1969
Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology, Northern Arizona University, 1999
Master’s Internship, Center Against Sexual Abuse, Phoenix, AZ, 1993
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Switzer Center, Special Day School for learning and emotionally challenged students in the L.A.U.S.D, Torrance California, 1995
Post-Doctoral Supervision with Dr. John Gamache in Object Relations approach to treating Serious Mental Illness, Homer, Alaska, 2002
Other Information: Dr. O’Connor is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Arizona from October, 2013, to the present and she has been licensed in Alaska from 2003 to present. She has worked in Community Mental Health with diverse populations in Phoenix, Arizona, Portland , Oregon, and Homer Alaska. For the past 11 years, she has practiced on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, and Tuba City, Arizona.
Consultation: Dr. O’Connor offers training and consultation for therapists wishing to learn and /or become certified in Play Therapy. She is an Instructor in Heart Rhythm Meditation.