Wendy O'Connor, PsyD - Cognitive Behavioral Therapist CBT in Providence 02906 / East Greenwich 02818 Rhode Island

Wendy O'Connor

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients Mondays and Thursdays, early morning to 5pm


 
 

Clientele

Teenagers (11 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Seniors (65+)
Couples
Parents
Families

Specialties & expertise

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Life coaching
  • Relationship coaching
  • Couples counseling
  • Stress management
  • Academic issues
  • Balancing school, work, personal life
  • Time management and test anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Incorporating mood-elevating behaviors into daily routine
  • Restructuring and replacing negative thoughts with reality-based thoughts
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Existential challenges
  • Parenting
  • Weight management

Professional statement

Dr. Wendy O’Connor is a Stanford-trained Cognitive Behavioral psychotherapist and life coach offering expert care in East Greenwich and Providence, RI. She helps adolescents and adults recognize and replace distorted thoughts and modify behaviors to live more fulfilling lives. Dr. O’Connor empowers clients and builds positive coping skills to address challenges including anxiety, depression, life transitions including transitions in relationships and the transition to parenthood, relationship discord, and stress management.

Dr. O’Connor works with adolescents, college students, adults, and is particularly skilled at couples therapy and supporting parents. In addition to her expertise in CBT, she also incorporates mindfulness practices to help clients find greater balance in their lives. Dr. O’Connor also offers life coaching, to identify specific stumbling blocks and help clients reach their wellness and relationship goals.

Dr. O'Connor received her PsyD from Palo Alto University-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, California. There she trained in several clinical rotations including the adolescent partial hospitalization program and the adult inpatient and intensive outpatient units. She strives to create a warm therapeutic relationship to help people learn to make changes in their lives to feel both happier and more fulfilled.


Specialties

Anxiety and stress – Become aware of the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and identify the thoughts that trigger your anxiety. Learn effective coping techniques for reducing anxiety and stress. Master your anxiety by challenging your trigger thoughts and live a more peaceful, relaxed life.
Depression – Start to feel better by learning how to incorporate mood-elevating behaviors into your routine. Get rid of negative thoughts by restructuring and replacing them with reality-based thoughts. Become empowered by identifying the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Life coaching – Life coaching involves receiving guidance in all aspects of your world. We will take a look at your current lifestyle and explore improvement areas. Identifying and overcoming the obstacles in your way will lead to fulfillment in your life. This may also include wellness coaching and relationship coaching.
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Relationship coaching – Relationship coaching is specifically about identifying the areas of discord in your relationship and working towards reaching goals to improve your relationship satisfaction. 

General expertise

Academic issues – Balancing school and personal life, time management, and test anxiety
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Weight management – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image


Insurances

Dr. O'Connor is not in-network with any insurances.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • First appointment: $200 (60min)
  • Ongoing appointments: $150/session (45min)

Therapist's note: Dr. O'Connor can provide invoices for patients to submit to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement.


Message to clients

For college students: "As a college student, there are many issues you may be struggling with that prompted you to reach out for help. These might include struggling with feeling so far from home, navigating new relationships, academic challenges, or coming back from a leave of absence. Whatever the struggle may be for you, know that they are treatable and you can feel better; and I would be honored to be the one to escort you on this journey."

For parents: "As a parent, this journey can be overwhelming and I understand that. You are looking for help for your child and don't know exactly where to turn or if the person that your'e hoping will help has the answers you need. I'm here to hold your hand through this journey and to help get both the answers and the relief that you and your child are looking for."



Education and work experience

Rhode Island Life Coaching, Life Coach, 2016 - Present
East Greenwich Psychology, Clinical Psychologist, 2013 - Present
Providence Psychology Services, Clinical Psychologist, 2009 - 2013

Palo Alto University-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2008
University of Vermont, BS, Psychology, 2001


Languages

English


Client testimonials

Dr. O’Connor has been an incredible source of support throughout the last 7 years, and I truly look forward to every session we have together. She’s an absolute natural at creating a warm, compassionate, honest and safe space to work through difficult struggles and bring light to unhealthy ways of thinking. With a perfect blend of wisdom, humor, true listening, and practical ways to improve your life and mindset, I have never left a session without feeling happier, lighter, and more grounded than I was when I went in. Words can’t express how much brilliance is packed into every session with Dr. O’Connor, and I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking to get support or make changes in their life.
— Santa Clara alum '12 (2016)
I’ve resisted therapy for years and needless to say I’ve accumulated a myriad of compounding issues. I came to Dr. O’Connor totally broken, cautious and completely reluctant having attempted therapy in the past with three different providers only to retreat further into myself.

I can’t say exactly what it is about Dr. O’Connor that made me stay through the sometimes painful pruning process of therapy one session to the next. Perhaps it’s the perfect combination of the depth of her training and her own inherent qualities. Her wisdom and actionable insights, her strong and direct yet gentle guidance, her ability to listen and sift through chatter or hear what’s being said in complete silence, her capacity to understand and accept without judgement, her timely humor and light-heartedness, her genuine concern and willingness to make herself available, her warmth and her utter consistency: These are just some of her many attributes that for me fostered trust and made the building of an effective and safe therapeutic relationship possible and easy. Each and every single session, she met me exactly where I was and I felt fully seen and heard.

It’s been two years since I started working on myself together with Dr. O’Connor. My perspective has greatly changed and I am very different today. Recognizing the enormous capacity of my thoughts to drive my emotions and behaviors has been pivotal. Working on identifying, challenging and restructuring my habitual and negative thought patterns has been transformative. Implementing changes to my way of life has been enriching and has drastically improved the quality of my days. Because of everything I’ve learned from her, I am healthier and happier in mind, body and spirit today.

Dr. O’Connor is quick to give me all the credit now, graciously saying I did all the work. Truth is, I couldn’t have done it without her and that she worked just as hard if not even more. As I evolved through the process, she patiently worked ahead, alongside and behind me. She was always exactly where I needed her to be.

Therapy when done right is truly life-changing. It is my wish that every person who develops the courage to seek help will have the same fortune of finding someone just like her.
— Practicing physician in RI (2017)
My daughter has been working with Dr. O’Connor for over a year. She was suffering with severe anxiety as well as depression. During our very first session she was able to connect with her and within just a few sessions my daughter was already feeling more positive. She worked strategically with her, giving her assignments to work on in between each visit. She has learned many coping strategies and is back to her usual sunny self! The most important thing to me is that my daughter feels very comfortable talking to Dr. O’Connor and I am glad that we will have her as part of our support team for any unforeseen obstacles ahead.
— Mother (2016)