Katie O'Leary, M.A., LPC
I knew I wanted to be a Mental Health Therapist when I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand where I was teaching hard and soft skills to individuals. Although I enjoyed hard skills such as teaching archery, kayaking, hiking, search & rescue, climbing wall, and bouldering.. I found I was most excited facilitating team building activities and sitting around a campfire playing music.
With this new insight, I moved back to the States and attended Salve Regina University for Graduate School. I studied Holistic Counseling 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 depression. I truly believe in order to come back to one's true Self it is necessary to be mindful of your body, mind, and spirit. With this passion, I started 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 have worked as a therapist in the jail system, at an outpatient facility, a methadone clinic, and worked with probation and parole. Prior to becoming a therapist I worked in the social service field for over ten years including different YMCAs (Camp/Teen/Family Director). Today I work full-time at my private practice. My current focus is including both eastern and western practices for WHOLE healing and wellness. I specialize in working with trauma and anxiety. I'm here to be a guide with you on your journey of healing and wellness!
Therapy Dog In Training
I am a two year old Mini American Shepherd who likes having a purpose and offering love. If it is ok with the client, I am in session to offer extra support and love. I am still learning the best skills and how to help so please be patient with me. My favorite part is greeting people with hellos and kisses, if allowed by you. 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. When 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.