Katie O’Connor – Licensed Professional Counselor, Board-Certified Art Therapist, and Certified Child Life Specialist

Life involves different experiences for everyone. Some of these moments are far too challenging to even put into words therefore, trying to describe and process these events, memories, and traumas can be especially difficult at times. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania, Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), and Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) I'm trained in using art making and creativity as psychotherapy. I've been practicing as both a licensed professional counselor and art therapist in the state of Pennsylvania for 8+ years and have worked with a variety of populations and people from various cultural backgrounds. My undergraduate work was completed at Washington & Jefferson College where I focused on both art and psychology. I then went on to earn my master's degree in art therapy and counseling from Seton Hill University. After my completion of my master's I continued my education through The University of Pittsburgh, where I qualified and then obtained my Child Life Specialist Certification (CCLS). 

I specialize in counseling for children, teens/young adults, adults, and families experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, loss, parenting challenges, family conflicts, LGBTQ+ related challenges, trauma, chronic illness, chronic pain, and other medical/developmental concerns. Additionally, I have experience working with individuals struggling with disordered eating, identity related challenges, and people identifying as LGBTQIA+ individuals. My style is person-centered and I strive to pull from various “tools” in my "toolbox" to find the right fit for you and your goals. We will always work together to find what works for YOU. After our intake session, and getting to know you, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to best support your goals. I believe that as humans, we are innately wired to be resilient. Please inquire if you’re interested in exploring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), art therapy, or EMDR techniques. If you're unfamiliar with CBT, EMDR, or art therapy but are interested, please ask! Specifically, art therapy techniques and interventions can be incorporated as a supplement to our counseling sessions and serve as a non-verbal tool or catalyst to verbal processing. Essentially, art can speak for us during those times when words are just not enough.

At this current time I am only accepting clients for telehealth counseling sessions. Please reach out for more information, that's the first step. I am here to help and look forward to meeting you!