In the current environment, it is more important than ever to prioritize your mental health and emotional well-being. When the demand of our lives becomes overwhelming at times we can feel trapped and powerless. Often we will ignore or seek to avoid our emotional pain rather than address it. Regardless of the challenges you are facing in life, positive change is always possible. In my work as an LMHC I help individuals approach their emotional pain and experiences in a way that reduces their suffering and aids in promoting personal well-being through the use of mindfulness-based therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I listen closely to each client to know where to begin and how to proceed. In my work with children, this means being particularly attentive to family history, inter-generational conflicts, and close work with caregivers. I use play and art therapy to help children find words for their experiences. I work flexibly with adolescents and emerging adults who may be struggling with their identities and relationships. Whatever age you are, my goal is to help you "say everything" and recognize your desire.
Do you find yourself struggling with loss or life changes and find it difficult to cope? Are you having symptoms of anxiety, depression, addictive or unhealthy behaviors? When many think of loss and grief, one may assume they have lost a loved one. At times this is the case, but there are so many kinds of losses we are faced with in our lives; loss of self, loss of roles in life, loss of relationship, chronic illness and many more. Losses can cause us to question our lives and who we are, and can even bring up past hurts or negative ways of coping that are not helping us achieve our best selves.
I am a life coach with 12 years experience as a therapist. Do you want healthier, more fulfilling relationships? Do you crave depth and intimacy, but are afraid of being seen for who you truly are? Do you hide parts of yourself or abandon who you are in exchange for approval from others? Do you find yourself stuck in a mode of controlling your partner? I offer a trauma-informed approach to heal at the root, setting you free from past trauma and ending shame cycles. I help you connect the dots from the past to your present. As a result, you step into your power as you become a conscious creator of your life, work and relationships.
I have been in practice for 25 years and recognize the importance of having a therapist who is non-judgmental, supportive, caring and invested in change. My eclectic approach provides a safe environment by empowering people to ultimately accept themselves by reaching their innate potential. I carry no magic wand but rather a keen, sensitive and thoughtful ear.
I engage with individuals by meeting them where they are. My current practice includes clients with a history of trauma, or with problems related to mood or anxiety. I aim to help clients learn about themselves, and how to respond to life rather than react to it.
Currently, not accepting new clients. I have a special interest in issues of diversity and inclusion and exploring clients' unique experiences and relationships with their intersecting identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, Deaf/hard of hearing/child of deaf adults, religion, gender, sexuality). My particular areas of interest include trauma/PTSD, LGBTQIA* identity, depression/anxiety, major life transitions, college mental health, emotional regulation, multiculturalism and immigration. I have experience and training in psychological assessments, individual, group, and family therapy.
Parents and children have been having disagreements since the beginning of time. It can be hard to understand what a child is going through, especially when you feel you’ve done everything you possibly can to make things better. The loss of control coupled with feelings ranging from hopelessness to anger can lead to strained and fractured family dynamics.
I am not open to new individual clients at this time. I do have openings in my DBT skills training series for 18-29 year olds. Please see details under groups. If you want to communicate, email is most effective. Phone call replies will have a delay. I specialize in working with individuals who are often considered to be "high-risk clients," have a variety of diagnoses, and often a history of trauma. This usually includes those who have trouble managing and tolerating their emotions and relationships resulting in engaging in behaviors to manage oneself like self-injury, substance abuse, suicidal thinking, and suicidal behavior.
If you feel lost, frustrated, directionless, or want to make a change, working with a skilled therapist can be one of your best options. Therapy can help you challenge thought patterns that cause emotional and behavioral problems, and build coping skills to deal with life's inevitable challenges. It can be one of the most powerful tools we use to reduce our suffering, increase the joy in our lives, and be our best selves. My approach is centered on your goals and what you want to accomplish--your needs are unique, so your therapy should be too!
Are you struggling to navigate through life challenges? Are you feeling misunderstood by family or friends? Do you engage in destructive behaviors? Do you lack interest in formerly enjoyed activities? Regardless of the circumstance, I. C. Solutions will support you in overcoming your problems.
Dr. Stevens completed his internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester Counseling Center in 2010, where he worked with college students using relational based models of therapy, and rotated at the Psychiatric Emergency Department. Dr. Stevens then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2011 at the W.G. Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Medical Informatics. Dr. Stevens' clinical work consisted of neuropsychological evaluations, along with individual and group psychotherapy with veterans. At the Salisbury VAMC Dr. Stevens completed research involving the anterior cingulate cortex, a unique region of the brain located between the prefrontal cortex and limbic system brain areas.
My clinical work experience has been with children, adults and families. In working with individuals to develop a therapeutic relationship, the individual is able to recognize areas for growth and development. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing ADHD, adjustment issues, affective disorders, parenting challenges and trauma. In our work, the individual defines their maximum level of potential and works collaboratively to attain their goals. I practice using evidence based treatment interventions through a Solution Focused approach.
Know thyself, wrote the Greek scholar. My aim is to assist you toward effective and functional self-understanding so that you might pursue and achieve the life goals worthy of which you, as a unique person, are most worthy. Harry Truman had on his desk, whatever job he held, these 10 words: "Know right from wrong. Do right. Do your best." I shall always use these words in your service.
Life's challenges are made easier when we gain suport,establish priorities, and recognize the value of growth. Most often, our ability to perceive our own strengths may be unknown, even to ourselves.Let me help you gain this understanding as you navigate the process of change so that life can be filled with greater possibilities and even some humor!I offer a flexible work schedule that includes weekends and evenings.
TELE-HEALTH (Virtual) VISITS Available: HAVE HOPE: Everyone who has led a valuable life has had really hard times, but the decision they made was that they didn't quit. Most lives that are well-lived have moments of courage, miracles, triumphs, and lessons learned. These same lives have heartache, unexpected disappointments and loss, and the discovery of our own character flaws. Life tends to be a combination of these things for most of us, and there are times we need encouragement and skills to stay on course and to remember that the plan for our life is good.
Is anxiety or depression getting in the way of the life that you want to lead? Do you want to move towards independence but feel confused or overwhelmed? Are you questioning your sexuality or gender identity? I am here to help. I offer a calming, nonjudgmental presence providing support and helping you to learn new ways of overcoming the difficulties that you face.
*NEW CLIENTS ACCEPTED via TELEHEALTH* Ever feel like you have a way to do something, and though it does not work the way it seems like it should, you feel it “works for you?” Do you find that you have a way of behaving and struggle to break free from yourself? I find that humans act in patterns. We think about a problem and act in a way that is the most comfortable to us and tend to repeat these patterns regardless of the result. I work with people living with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger concerns, separation/loss/grief issues, and people coping with discrimination.
Richard O’Garr is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experience in helping people who are struggling with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, stress, conflicts in relationships, and addiction. Richard has a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. He works to create an accepting and supportive environment where clients can feel comfortable sharing their personal issues and struggles.
I believe that every person has their own strengths and weaknesses. My job is help individuals understand these strengths, that will in turn help them reach their potential. My style of therapy is eclectic. I base my approach on an individual basis and try to meet the client where they are, at the present moment, and work from there. I believe that everybody is unique and I try to accomodate individual needs to the best of my ability. I prefer to use a humanistic approach to counseling. My existing clients describe me as being very laid back and understanding, which helps in the therapeutic process.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Worcester are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Worcester then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Worcester, or Child Psychologists in Worcester.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Worcester psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Worcester specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.