Dr. Wendy M. O’Connor is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Brentwood, California. She has worked in various settings with over seventeen years of experience in the community.
Before she became a therapist, she was a pre- school teacher as well as majored in Dance and Theater Arts in Los Angeles, California. While attending graduate school with an emphasis in Infant & Toddler Specialization, and working full-time as a teacher, she dedicated herself to volunteer work in the community specializing in physical and sexual abuse with children as well as worked with “at risk” teens in the legal system, non public schools and out patient clinics. Her work focused on helping teens in programs designed to redirect their anger and create meaningful goals for their future. This important work in the community inspired Dr. O’Connor to participate further in the community by continuing her internship at a well known organization called Vista Del Mar. There she focused on individual and family therapy with various emotional issues such as Bipolar Disorder, Self Injury, Depression, Grief & Loss, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, ADD, ADHD and Attachment Disorder.
She is an advocate for children struggling with learning disabilities coupled with low self esteem. Early intervention, working closely with schools and parents and empowering and encouraging teens to verbalize their needs became an on going passion for Dr. Wendy O’Connor. She also specializes in attachment with Single Women and young adults helping them to develop meaning find true love, passion and purpose in life and creating intention for positive change.
After completing her doctoral dissertation, which was entitled “Attachment Theory and Single Women Finding Romantic Relationships,” she continued her work at Vista Del Mar for over 15 years in various programs from Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Stress Program, School Based Services, Residential Program, Non Public School, as well as implementing school interventions for “at risk” students within the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has worked with a wide range of mothers and daughters in all multicultural and socioeconomic levels from the poorest to the wealthiest Hollywood celebrities & Royalty.
In addition to her current practice, Dr. O’Connor is an author and currently working on a new book related to parenting teens. She holds public speaking engagements and workshops that creatively address various aspects of relationships. Dr. Wendy O’Connor is passionate about the issues of Marriage & Family as well as adolescent; couples and individuals helping them heal the past and move forward with meaning, passion and purpose in life.
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