About Me

Bio
LGBT Psychotherapy in Flatiron NYC Mark O'Connell LCSWI am a NYC-based psychotherapist in private practice with broad clinical experience. I have worked with adults, couples, children, and families facing myriad obstacles and conflicts, e.g., depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, identity, gender, sexuality, trauma, grief, and loss. I currently work with all clients and have expertise with adults experiencing identity, relational, and/or career conflicts.

I am also an actor, author, 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 trained at Institute for Human Identity, where I was mentored in a number of approaches including relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family systems, and where I now sit on the Board.

I am the author of the book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014).  I’m also a Psychology Today expert and I write regularly for The Huffington Post, among other popular sources, on self-care, gender, sexuality, and the performing art of living.   My clinical writing has been published by Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, among others, and I present my work across the country.  Here is a radio interview I did with The Imago Relationship Think Tank, and also a radio interview on The PlayRoom.

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
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 NYC Department for the Aging: counseling victims of elder abuse