Meghan O'Connor

Meghan O'Connor (they/them/she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, MFT

I help clients to strengthen their boundaries in relationships and to harness more energetic autonomy and creative control in their lives.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503 446 3683

1312 East Burnside Street

Portland, 97214

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $150-$170

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • PacificSource

What I Specialize In

I work with people who suffer from issues related to patterns of codependency. Codependency is simple by definition: It's a pattern of persistent orientation to the needs, feelings and desires of others, often at the expense of carving out space for ones own emergent needs, desires, goals etc. At a certain point this creates what we call, in the language of psychotherapy, symptoms - Dissatisfaction, feelings of deadness, depression, overwhelm, bitterness, exhaustion, resentment, anxiety, obsession, creative atrophy, self-harm and self-aggression - states of of mind and patterns of behavior that indicate the myriad ways in which you may not be honoring yourself. I offer therapy to support folks who are seeking to strengthen their boundaries in relationship, harness more energetic autonomy, and cultivate more self-awareness and self-trust.

My Approach to Helping

My hope as a therapist is to help you to create more choices in your life. I want to help you establish freedom from embedded and automatic patterns of relating or behaving that keep you stuck and small. How? I will attend to both content - what you say in the room - and process - what you do in the room. I will often guide you to become more curious about what is happening in your body. The body, when we listen, offers up a clear path to the parts of us that need attention and healing. This is, in my experience and study, indispensable for therapy to affect deep and lasting change. My therapeutic style is engaging, deep, interactive, warm, yet, at times, directive. I use an eclectic blend of therapeutic orientations - Gestalt, Somatic, EcoTherapeutic, and Psychodynamic with some Behavioral applications. I am also trained in EMDR. I encourage you to browse my website to learn more about me and my work - https://www.meghanoconnortherapy.com

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Codependency External link

    Codependency is simple by definition - It's a pattern of orienting yourself around others rather than being your own center of gravity. This creates what we call, symptoms - resentment, dissatisfaction, deadness, depression, overwhelm, bitterness, anxiety, obsession, and self-aggression. I help clients to strengthen their boundaries in relationship and cultivate more self-awareness.

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma is an experience that overwhelms your system. Childhood experiences can continue to impact us in a number of ways - unstable relationship to oneself and others, panic attacks, depression, addiction, anger, anxiety, feeling out of body, chronic destructive habits, memory loss. I work with you to mitigate symptoms, increase your sense of emotional control, and establish a life worth living.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Has a previously fluid and easy connection dissolved into fighting, blaming, emotional disconnection, or indifference? Differences in values causing stress or resentment? Wanting to reestablish intimacy and closeness? I have specialized training to help couples and individuals break patterns that cause fighting, improve communication, and strengthen connection.

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 External link

    This, like any crisis, holds both tragedy and opportunity. As we all attempt to cope with and apprehend this large scale global event, we are learning quickly what is and isn't working on both a personal and collective level; Many are wondering, with a sense of pre-emptive despair, if we will integrate these lessons. I am available to those who are seeking support around these sudden shifts.

  • Depression External link

    Depression can be an all-encompassing mental, emotional, and bodily state. The word itself reveals much about its nature - something is being 'depressed,' and the symptoms can be a scary experience - lack of joy, chronic fatigue, numbness, negative thought patterns. The effects of depression are compounded by social stigma. I work with you to stabilize your moods and recover a sense of aliveness.

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