Kathleen O'Connor, Ed.D, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor(WA)1424 NE 155th Street
Shoreline, WA 98155
Thank you for visiting my webpage. The following information is intended to give you a sense of me as a person as well as a professional.
My interest in human behavior emerged early in life. After earning a B.S. with high honors in psychology at Denison University in 1967, I completed a Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of California-Berkeley and for a number of years thereafter worked in various human service and educational settings. Noticing that in every work setting people sought me out for advice and counsel, I decided to complete a counselor education program at the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), earning my Doctorate of Education in Counseling (Ed.D.) there in 1986.
Shortly after completing my doctorate, I moved to Montana and became involved in the local hospice program, first as a volunteer and then as part of the hospice interdisciplinary team. Our hospice maintained a vigorous and innovative community grief support program in which I served as an individual, family and group counselor as well as an educator and consultant. In addition, I developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in death, dying and grief.
After leaving hospice, I granted myself a midlife sabbatical of about 18 months to heal from some losses of my own. Following that, I chose to open my own counseling business and have worked as a private practitioner ever since. In 1999, I was privileged to be a founding member of a community-based coalition to improve resources for the dying and bereaved.
In August 2003, I decided to re-locate to Seattle from Montana in order to be near my family. This major life transition continues to offer me challenges, lessons and blessings.
My years of experience have taught me to believe deeply in each person’s innate ability to heal and grow given adequate support and encouragement. Therefore, my approach is one of listening deeply, assisting clients in hearing their own truths, and then empowering them to tap into this inner wisdom. Together we identify the specific challenges, the skills and resources available and develop a plan for moving forward. Depending upon the needs and practicalities of each client’s situation, our work together may be very focused and short-term or more lengthy and probing.
My areas of expertise include:
* death-related losses and grief
* life transitions, e.g. divorce, retirement, health crises
* recovery from childhood abuse
* stress management
* spiritual crises
I work primarily with adults, both individually and in groups, and also see bereaved couples and families. In addition, I am open to working individually with bereaved adolescents and older children. I continue to enjoy opportunities to function as a consultant and/or educator.
My career as a grief counselor has been a gift to me, and I continue to cherish it. My clients have always been my finest teachers and my source of inspiration and hope both personally and professionally. Please feel free to contact me at the number above with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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