Accepting new clients Mondays and Thursdays, early morning to 5pm
1) Providence office
2) East Greenwich office
Teenagers (11 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
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
- Weight management
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.
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.
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
Dr. O'Connor is not in-network with any insurances.
- 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."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
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