Laura O’Neill, M.S Clinician – Fairfax
Laura O’Neill received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University. Engaging with those who suffer and heal over the past twenty years in the helping profession has informed her approach to counseling. Whether someone is dealing with a crossroads in life, a crisis or unexpected circumstances and symptoms, Laura is eager to create a warm and inviting space for clients to feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings at their own pace. DMU educates counselors to understand the human person as fundamentally good and called to flourish through relationships. After working as a registered nurse for many years, Laura began to explore the impact stress has on an individual’s physical health and the quality of his or her relationships. Now, with her clients, she continues to draw on her experience as a nurse and is passionate about helping individuals develop an awareness of how the body, mind, and soul are integrated, noting patterns of emotional wellness intersecting with physical and spiritual wellness.
Laura’s first Master’s level internship was clinical training in Eastern Europe, where she traveled as part of a trauma team, doing counseling work with the Roma people in poverty. Her second clinical training was at Phoenix House Counseling Center, where she worked with clients dealing with Substance Use, Alcohol Use Disorder, and Dual Diagnoses. Laura has a particular interest in Anxiety disorders and the use of technology; she currently assists adolescents and their families in her work as the Director of Student Wellness at a private high school in Fairfax County. Before studying at DMU, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in 2000. Laura is also a veteran of the United States Army and is a military spouse.
- Primary: Adolescents (13 to 17 yrs), Anxiety/Fears, Attention Deficit (ADHD), Couples/Marital, Deployment/Reintegration Issues, Depression, Divorce/Separation, Loss/Grief, Relationships, Substance Abuse, Trauma/PTSD
- Secondary: Adoption, Anger Management, Bipolar Disorder, Children (5 to 12 yrs), Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Parenting, Personality Disorders, Post-Abortive, Sex & Pornography Addiction, Step Families
- Treatment Orientations: Attachment-based, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused, Family Systems, Filial Family Therapy, Gestalt, Gottman Method, Integrative, Interpersonal, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Trauma Focused
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