Katie O'Leary, M.A., LPC
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
"I'm not the monk on the mountain, I am in the trenches with you." - Seerut K. Chawla MDACP
I recognized my passion to become a Mental Health Therapist when I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand and worked in the community after the earthquake in 2011. Through listening and talking to community members I became interested in how trauma impacts the body and mind connection and how resilience ensues. It's a continual practice to engage in self-compassion and discovering your "right".
I studied Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina University where I learned about the medical AND the holistic model to health. Here, my fascination grew with understanding the mind-body connection in regards to trauma, anxiety, and chronic stress. I continue studying yoga, meditation, mindfulness, chakras, different spiritual practices, connection with nature, food as medicine, EMDR, and the power of treating oneself with love and kindness. I will never stop studying and learning different approaches for Trauma Treatment as well as Body Image and Self-Esteem.
I have worked as a Therapist in the Department of Corrections, an Outpatient Facility, a Methadone Clinic, and worked with Probation and Parole. Prior to becoming a Mental Health Therapist, I worked in the Social Service field for over ten years at different YMCA facilities (Camp/Teen/Family Director). Today I work full-time at my private practice with my focus on trauma and body image & self-esteem treatment. I work with both the body and mind through a top down and bottom up processing approach. I'm here to be a guide with you on your journey.
Therapy Dog In Training
Freya not currently in session due to COVID-19
I am a three year old Mini American Shepherd who likes having a purpose and offering support. I like to sit next to you on the couch, under the couch if you are doing well, or right next to your feet. If I hear anger I will put my head on your knee, if I see some tears I will offer kisses or take some pets. I am working on passing the Therapy Dog exam. When not working, I like to chase the ducks outside The Velvet Mill, watch Animal Planet, hike around Barn Island, and make people laugh.