About Me

Bio
LGBT Psychotherapy in Flatiron NYC Mark O'Connell LCSWI am a NYC-based psychotherapist in private practice. I have broad clinical experience, working privately and in various community mental health clinics throughout New York City. My clients have included individual adults, couples, children, and families facing myriad obstacles and conflicts, e.g., depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, identity, gender, sexuality, trauma, mood disorders,  learning disabilities, grief, and loss. I currently work with all clients and have expertise with adults experiencing identity and/or relational conflicts, as well as artists, couples and the LGBT communities.

In addition to being a therapist I am a trained professional actor, writer, and artist. My creative experience informs my clinical work, allowing me to help my clients discover, accept, and inhabit untapped versions of themselves.

I graduated with honors from Hunter College School of Social Work, and apprenticed at Institute for Human Identity, the first affirmative professional mental health clinic devoted to the treatment of the LGBT communities, where I was mentored in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family systems, and where I now sit on the Board.

I write scholarly and popular articles on self-care, gender, sexuality, and the performing art of living, and I also present my work across the country.  My book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other 21st Century Weddings will be released by Skyhorse Publishing in 2014.

Education
MSW with honors, Hunter College School of Social Work
MFA in Acting, Trinity Rep Conservatory (affiliated with Brown University)

Training
Psychoanalytic Supervision with Ken Corbett, Ph.D
Apprenticeship at Institute for Human Identity
Psychoanalytic and Family Systems Supervision with Albert Sbordone, Ph.D
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: workshop with Sue Johnson

Clinical Experience
Outpatient mental health clinic in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Outpatient mental health clinic in East Harlem.
Outpatient mental health clinic in Forest Hills, Queens
Multi-Medical Service mental health clinic in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Internship at Department for the Aging: counseling victims of elder abuse