ANN O’BRIEN, LCSW, MSc

Ann brings 15 years of experience as a therapist and prior experience as a researcher to her work.  Ann offers a kind and caring ear and helps clients draw on their inner strengths and resilience to achieve meaningful growth.  She operates from a humanistic, strengths-based and holistic perspective.  She has seen mindfulness allow for significant improvement in well-being across an array of issues.

Additionally, Ann has a Certificate in Integrative Medicine for Mental Health and is well-equipped to help you explore ways that nutrition, exercise, sleep and other factors might enhance well-being.  Ann has also received training in the Gottman Method for Couples Counseling.

In addition to private practice, Ann has worked as a therapist at UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center, St. Francis Children’s Counseling Center and served on the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Portland, OR.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty in USC’s School of Social Work since 2009.  She has taught Clinical and Field Social Work Courses and supervised graduate students in their Field Practicums.  Ann is a Bilingual (English-Spanish) therapist with extensive clinical experience with immigrant families in Los Angeles.    Prior to being a Therapist, Ann was a Researcher at UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, where she was the Director of a study on Methamphetamine Abuse.  Ann appreciates using research to inform her practice.

Ann is happily married and has two children, who have taught her so much about humility, compassion and presence.

Education

  • Yale University (BA in History).
  • London School of Economics (Masters of Science, Social Research Methods & Social Psychology).
  • University of Southern California (Masters of Social Work).

Ann draws on her experience and kindness to help each client attain his or her goals.  Please reach out to see if Ann can help you!