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Mark O'Connell LCSW-R
In this open letter to my younger self, I describe how the art of acting saved my life, and how “coming out” is not a single event, but a lifelong process of playing many roles.
Here are some practical tips to help you "audition" potential psychotherapists.
My experience as an actor prepares me to engage in a collaborative, creative, and empathic process with all of my "scene partners."
The greatest challenge for each half of a couple, is to walk in the emotional shoes of our partner. Here's a short and sweet tool to help you do just that.
To move beyond our sexist culture we must look inward, acknowledge the ways we have caused harm to our sisters (and brothers), and initiate dialogue.
Just as same sex couples have done for decades, we can all—yes, straight people too—create our own events, rituals, and celebrations, completely on our own terms.
A conversation with therapist and author Michael Dale Kimmel about open and monogamous marriage, for gay men and for us all.
An interview with LGBTQ+ activists Dior Vargas and Cole Ledford.
An interview with Jillian Weiss of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Calvin Stowell of DoSomething.org.
An interview with GLSEN (creating safe schools for all, regardless of orientation or identity) and The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a safe space for LGBT youth and families).
An interview with David Bond, Vice President of Programs at The Trevor Project, and Shoko Morikawa, Crisis Counselor Supervisor at Crisis Text Line.
A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.
HBO's "Big Little Lies" showed women being compassionate toward one another, even as their world conspired to make them enemies.
No matter what your politics are, it is in the best interest of our collective mental health to protect all of our students, not just some of them.
The exemplary relationship practices the Obamas shared with each other and the world, is a rare and valuable form of leadership that we benefitted from on a daily basis.
Studies show that empathy, generosity, and altruism can lead to a healthier, happier, and longer life. So, let's offer it up to our fellow Americans: old, new, and aspiring.
We can encourage our children to play, and to express themselves fully, without having to blame others when they don't get their way.
Much as same-sex couples have been doing for years, straight spouses-to-be are now creating weddings that reveal who they are as individuals and as a pair.
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.
Ken Corbett's "A Murder Over a Girl," is a must-read psychological diagnosis of our current political and cultural climate.
America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.
Psychotherapy offers relational support that is crucial to our emotional wellbeing, no matter who or how old we are.
Actors, and all artists, develop their own voices so as to inspire the voices of other people. And in that sense, one can practice their artistic craft in everything they do.
The more diversity of characters and actors we see on our stages and screens, the more opportunities we can create for identification and empathy between one another.
Leon Neyfakh talks to psychotherapist, Mark O’Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his clients’ psyches.
How have things been different for loving couples since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, one year ago?
When we share our authentic stories and listen carefully to those around us, we all win. And we can thank people like the Tony nominated director Liesl Tommy, for showing us how.
All queer people are equally in the crosshairs of homegrown hatred. Our straight families and friends need to recognize this openly and explicitly.
Exposing our socially conditioned misogyny can help us to heal from it, and to reclaim everyone we disinherit when our biases go unchecked.
Marriage equality has given us the opportunity to discuss the possibility of same sex parent-child dancing at weddings, and the underlying significance of such rituals.
Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist and author of Modern Brides and Modern Grooms. He has also written for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Examining current events through the lens of gender, sexuality, and the performing art of living.