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Larry O'Connor

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I have 9 years of experience with Marriage and Family Therapist skills in San Francisco, CA. I also have 8 years of experience with Couples Counseling skills, 9 years of experience with Adolescent Therapy skills all of which I also do in the San Francisco, CA area.
My education and credentials include -Masters level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. -9 years experience; 5 years in supervised private practice and 4 in sole private practice..

Profile Summary:
Marriage and Family Therapist San Francisco, CA
Couples Counseling San Francisco, CA
Adolescent Therapy San Francisco, CA
More About Me
I am currently looking to interact with other therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area in the hopes of exchanges ideas and experiences
as well as possible referrals. I am also interested in starting a weekly/bi-monthly consultation group.
Work Experience:
I have been practicing counseling in a variety of settings since 1998, and have been practicing psychotherapy with adults, couples, children and families, in supervised and sole private practice since 2001.
I am a graduate of San Francisco State University, and hold graduate degrees in English/Creative Writing and Counseling with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have clinical experience counseling in elementary and middle schools; residential treatment with adults with severe mental disabilities; non-profit community mental health (New Perspectives Center for Counseling, San Francisco); and over three years in supervised private practice both in San Francisco and Menlo Park, prior to licensure. I currently supervise pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Interns in clinical practice. In my practice, I have covered a range of issues including, recovery, post adoption and reunion experiences between birth-families and adopted individuals and families, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse and trauma, relationship and dating skills, infidelity and couples communication, life transitions, creativity and creative blocks, daily living skills and socialization, addictions, divorce, and personality disorders.
Education:
-Master's level degree in Fiction from San Francisco State University
-Masters level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University.
-9 years experience; 5 years in supervised private practice and 4 in sole private practice.
Organizations / Affilations:
Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
Member of San Francisco Psychological Research Group.
Larry O'Connor is located in San Francisco, CA and has the following skills: Marriage and Family Therapist, Couples Counseling, Adolescent Therapy
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Marriage and Family Therapist

Category: Therapy
Description
Finding a caring, dedicated and motivating therapist is essential to your success My style is not the neutral, blank faced therapist, but a warm, active, and engaged person. I think it’s essential to express humor and to remain a real and genuine person. I try to reveal what I am thinking or considering about the individuals’ situation or circumstances. The individuals and couples I work with say that they feel very comfortable with me discussing personal and difficult issues. Every course of therapy is unique, and this is based on the needs of the individual and their circumstances.

While I do not spend a lot of time on one’s past, I do believe, past relationships create the templates for current relationships, and may be useful to explore. I stay focused on what is going on for the individual in the present. I am flexible and draw from several theories, including Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Existential, and Psychodynamic therories, depending on the individual’s unique needs.

I believe therapy should provide individuals with help, clear suggestions and useful feedback, not bog them down with jargon or abstract concepts. I believe that people seek psychotherapy because they are choosing to actively address their concerns with an experienced professional they trust. I try to provide a creative, friendly atmosphere where the individuals I work with and I are on equal footing, and are there for the same purpose: to help that individual feel better about themselves, their relationships, and their lives.
Relevant Education / Credentials
-Masters level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. -9 years experience; 5 years in supervised private practice and 4 in sole private practice.
Years Experience: 9

Couples Counseling

Category: Therapy
Description
Couples therapy offers individuals the unique opportunity to learn about themselves and their partner by working collaboratively to build and experience a better relationship. I help couples to recognize what their interactions mean to each other individually, i.e., separate and regardless of the other, and as well as a couple. By doing this couples can learn to move beyond habitual patterns, reactions, and learn to understand the other so as to not personalize, or misinterpret each other’s underlying intentions.
Relevant Education / Credentials
-Masters level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. -9 years experience; 5 years in supervised private practice and 4 in sole private practice.
Years Experience: 8

Adolescent Therapy

Category: Therapy
Description
In my work with adolescents, my focus is on helping young people recognize and integrate healthy self esteem, especially in relationships with peers, friends, and as they consider dating. I feel that all relationships, especially dating, require learned social skills, a strong sense of one’s self and a capacity to make good choices. I emphasize developing study skills, preparing for college, and working towards the maturity required to be an independent young adult. I also try and introduce practical living skills for students preparing to leave home: conflict resolution, negotiating boundaries with peers and intimates, as well with adults seen in authority (i.e., teachers, employers, parents and parents of friends).
Much of my role with adolescents is to be their advocate. I work with parents individually around parenting techniques, as well as meeting with, and facilitating meaningful dialogues between parents and children/adolescents. My experience has been that I connect very well with both parents and adolescents and have a natural sense of their developmental complexities. I believe it is through relationships that young people learn to connect with, and communicate, their emotional needs and experiences and, are able to proceed towards more authentic and efficacious living.
Relevant Education / Credentials
-Masters level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. -9 years experience; 5 years in supervised private practice and 4 in sole private practice. -Having worked with adolescents both in private practice, as well as having been a school counselor for five years.
Years Experience: 9