About

Ashley O'Connor

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Many times people will ask me why I chose to specialize in working with adolescents and young adults. Much of my experience as a therapist has come from working with adolescents and teens in intensive programs which specialize in teen and family issues. I spent many hours speaking to teens in groups, intensive outpatient centers and residential treatment centers, learning about common issues that kids were facing. I know how these issues can negatively impact adolescents lives when left untreated. I have developed an interest and passion in assisting adolescents and families in managing these unique issues related to friendships, social media, bullying, school stress, social anxiety and more. I believe that involving the family, and at times the school systems, in treatment can create a large positive influence in helping the child receive the best support in all areas of their life. I have helped individuals in many different stages of their lives, from middle school through college and their first careers. I can assist with managing symptoms of stress, anger or sadness, developing coping skills and insights, identifying and resolving past traumas, and developing a better understanding of emotions.

Areas of Specialty

I have successfully assisted individuals in the areas of anxiety, anger management, depression, trauma, substance use, and more. Although I do also provide therapy services to adults, I especially enjoy and have additional experience working with adolescents and young adults ages 15 years and up. I have collaborative relationships with many of the schools  and guidance systems in the areas of Monroe, Shelton, Trumbull and Newtown. I can assist during educational PPT meetings and development of 504 and IEP plans which allow qualified children to receive assistance in school. These can include emotional and educational supports. You can learn more about these plans here.

 

My Approach 

I believe in practicing active listening and creating a comfortable environment where you can feel supported and heard. In addition to listening well, I also provide feedback and specific coping skills to give you the tools necessary to create change in your life.  I use an eclectic approach with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. Although symptoms present differently for everyone, I believe in utilizing a client centered approach which focuses on creating a cohesive and safe therapeutic relationship for change to occur. 

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Experience

"Experience is the teacher of all things"-Julius Caesar

Qualifications

2016 - Present Owner of O'Connor Counseling, LLC

  • Provide individual therapy on an outpatient basis to adolescents and adults who suffer from co-occurring mood disorders, adjustment difficulties, trauma and other mental health disorders.

  • Provide accurate identification and diagnosis of various co-occurring mental health disorders. 

  • Collaborate with psychiatrists, primary care physicians, educational directors, and parents in order to develop and review evidenced based counseling goals and treatment plans.

  • Assist in coordinating clients with treatment providers, coordinating with previous providers and providing referrals when necessary.

  • Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies 

2016-2018 Newport Academy Intensive Outpatient and Residential Program

  • Provide individual, group and family therapy on an intensive outpatient and residential basis to adolescents and young adults who suffer from addiction, co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders.

  • Provide accurate identification and diagnosis of various co-occurring mental health disorders. 

  • Collaborate with parents and treatment team composed of : LADC’s, LMFT’s, Psychiatrists, Care Coordinators, & Educational Directors; to develop and review evidenced based counseling goals and treatment plans.

  • Assist in coordinating clients with treatment providers, coordinating with previous providers and providing referrals when necessary.

2013-2016 Shoreline Wellness Center

  • Provide adults and children individual, couples, marriage and family counseling in an outpatient setting.

  • Provide accurate identification and diagnosis of various co-occurring mental health disorders.

  • Collaborate with clients to develop and review evidenced based counseling goals and treatment plans.

  • Assisting in coordinating clients with treatment providers and providing referrals when necessary.