June O’Connor, LPC
My Counseling Philosophy:
I believe that negative words and messages can have a deep impact on what we come to believe about ourselves. These beliefs create wounds and emotional suffering that can impact how we talk to ourselves and those around us. Changing those negative beliefs can enable you to break free from self-criticism and improve relationships with others. In our therapy sessions you will have the opportunity for reflection and self-discovery. I will guide you in uncovering core beliefs and will challenge those beliefs that keep you in a cycle of emotional suffering.
Training and Therapy Approach:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and my main approach is in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as it is an evidence-based model that is powerful in helping people change negative thinking and increase insight. In addition, I have obtained training in trauma and have completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR – Part I) and attended a conference on “Trauma Treatment and the Brain” presented by Bessel van der Kolk, author of the book ‘The Body Keeps the Score’. I have received various trainings in Substance Use Disorder and continue to stay up to date on therapy approaches.
I work with adults and the geriatric population who are ready to experience life in a more meaningful way. My clients often experience low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional distress, life transitions, grief & loss, relationship problems, self-judgment, and substance abuse. Also, due to my background and experience in education, I often work with parents who want to improve their relationship with their young or adult children.
What to Expect from Me?
You should expect to be treated with respect, dignity, compassion, and kindness. I will use my professional skills to help you make progress, gain insight, improve skills, and gain new perspectives. You will experience an environment that is free of judgment and criticism. My primary goal is to help you feel comfortable and confident in your treatment. I welcome feedback and encourage you to tell me if something is not working for you.
When I’m Not Working:
Friends and family are important to me and when I am not working, I enjoy keeping in touch with them. I am new to Arizona and although the pandemic has made it difficult to explore, I do take advantage of the good weather to ride my bike or take my dog for a walk. I enjoy camping and hiking, especially in the mountains near water. Helping others find solutions truly gives me joy and a purpose.