Josh O’Connor, LMSW :: Associate Therapist
Clinical Degree: Master of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore
Office Location: Bethesda; virtually for those located in Maryland
Availability: Weekdays, weekday evenings; weekends
Fees: $160/50-minute session; $240/90-minute session
Languages Spoken: English
Clinical Special Interests: LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Affirming Care; ENM, Polyamory and Kink-Aware Therapy, Sex & Intimacy; Eating Disorders; Teen Identity Formation, Communication Issues; Family of Origin Issues; Anxiety; Depression; Life Transitions & Adjustment; Substance Use Disorder, Dual (Substance Use and Mood) Disorder
Prepare/Enrich Certified: Expected Fall 2023
Contact: [email protected]
I believe fervently in the equality of all genders, cultural identities, physical appearances, abilities, neurological types, and lifestyles. Each client is the expert on their experiences and the captain of their ship. I am not the therapist staring across a desk over horn-rimmed glasses. I am the navigator who can help you get where you want to go.
For more than 30 years I have dedicated my career to observing and understanding the diversity of human beings, first as an Anthropology graduate from Columbia University, then as a journalist working and living in a dozen Asian and Middle Eastern countries. I have cultural sensitivity with regard to concepts of race, gender, and religious traditions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism, and the cultures, histories and lifeways of Latin America, East, Southeast and Southern Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
My preferred modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychoeducation, and Family Systems Theory.
You will find me enthusiastic, good-natured and engaged in your life story. Whether you are a couple or individual, I seek first to empathize and to understand, to affirm you and to help you identify your secret strengths. I will ask you the tough questions, explain the biological and psychological functioning of the human mind, and help you look for answers in the corridors of your life.
I want to help you spot the patterns in your communication, behavior and relationships that brought you to my office, and work with you to replace them with new patterns and chart a course to the future you want to embody.