Susan O'Leary, Counselor at North Colorado Springs Counseling, located in the Briargate area.
I work with clients that are dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions and past trauma. I especially enjoy working with gifted and talented teens and their parents. Clients that value a holistic approach to therapy tend to be drawn to me, especially if they are struggling with a relationship change, parenting an adolescent, or the demands of military life. I take a compassionate and holistic approach to teaching parenting, working through past trauma, and building coping skills to find more peace in life.
I’m proud to say that my first career was as a United States Marine. I’ve been married to a (now retired) Marine for 19 years, and I have three teens, as well as my mom living with us. We have an ancient dog that is always doing something strange, so never a dull moment at my place.
Like most military families, we’ve moved around plenty. I’ve lived in California, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland – and now here in Colorado Springs. I have always worked to help people, that was my motivation for becoming a Marine, and now it’s my motivation as a therapist. My experience with military members and their families, as well as people from different walks of life throughout the United States inspired me to make this career leap.
I believe in utilizing people’s own unique strengths and creativity to restore and heal. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, healing from trauma, adjustment issues, as well as assisting clients with personal and career goal setting and life transitions. I am passionate about helping the helpers, mothers, fathers, who give of themselves until they find they are in need themselves.
I have a holistic perspective, that focuses on all aspects of a person’s life including physical, mental and spiritual. I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches to assist clients in recognizing how their feelings, thoughts and behaviors connect. I use mindfulness techniques to help individuals gain new strategies for personal growth. I also love to use ACT, which is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which nicely marries the cognitive (thought based) approach and mindfulness, without leaving behind values. I love ACT because it agrees with me (I really like things that agree with me) that the further our lives stray from our values, the unhappier we become.
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