M Kim O'Connor LCSW-R, ACSW, Clinical Social Work in Rye, New York, 10580

M Kim O'Connor

LCSW-R, ACSW

M Kim O'Connor

LCSW-R, ACSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW-R - R048401-1

Offices

14 Elm Place, Suite 200
Rye, New York 10580

My Approach to Helping

Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for making meaningful, lasting change in one's life. I believe it takes courage to reach out for help and I meet this with respect and compassion. Therapy is a collaborative process and a trusting, honest relationship is the cornerstone of effective treatment. My style is warm and open and I strive to provide a safe place for clients to feel heard and understood. It is only in an authentic relationship one can feel safe enough to explore more vulnerable aspects of the self and then dare to take the necessary steps toward living a more fulfilling life. I know because I, too, have done this work.


I believe in gaining an understanding of who you are as a whole person. In the service of achieving meaningful growth, it is as important to identify and build on your inherent, unique strengths as it is to accurately assess the underlying issues and barriers. I appreciate both psychodynamic and cognitive behavior theory. I believe our past informs our present and cultivating a greater self-awareness about this connection can be the first step toward creating meaningful and lasting change. I also believe that challenging current thoughts and behaviors in order to consider new ways of thinking and learning new skills is another equally effective way of creating positive change. Therapy is not a one size fits all endeavor and often involves a combination of approaches. We decide together where to start.

Meaningful change starts with a phone call.

More Info About My Practice

While I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and families with a variety of issues, I am certified in Kazdin Parent Management Training from the Yale Parenting Center and I dedicate part of my practice to working with parents of children who have problems related to oppositional behavior, aggression, and disruptive behavior at home and school as well as children with more typical daily challenges such as homework routine, complying with parent requests, and engaging in social behaviors other than screen time.

I work with young adults, 18-29, who may require additional support during college (local and far) or are interested in exploring identity and values, independence from or dependence on parents, career options, and partner choices. Young adults in this age range often feel they are "in-between", not yet a full-fledged adult but no longer an adolescent. Using therapy to explore the possibilities can often illuminate the path forward.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I truly believe that people strive to be or do their best. Sometimes what gets in our way is not always obvious or easy to solve on our own. If we could, we would.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Children with hearing loss

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Psychodynamic
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