ANN O’BRIEN, LCSW, MSc

I have been a therapist for 15 years. My work spans children, families, adults and couples. I have advanced education in play therapy and am well- versed in various modalities that help children express themselves, heal and achieve social-emotional well-being.  I have also received training in the Gottman Method for Couples Counseling. 

I believe in creating a safe space where each person feels supported and heard.  Jointly, we can determine your goals for therapy.  I have been trained in a variety of treatment approaches, which means I can tailor our time together based on your unique needs.  Sometimes, it is helpful to explore past experiences, work through feelings and reconstruct our narratives.  Other times, it is important to focus on how current thoughts, behaviors and daily habits can be self-defeating or enriching.  And other times it is useful to focus on how family, work and social context can support one’s well-being.  The focus of therapy is determined by what is most helpful to you, and I encourage open dialogue about the process. 

In addition to private practice, I have worked at St. Francis Children’s Counseling Center, UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center and served on the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Portland, OR.  I have also served as Adjunct Faculty in USC’s School of Social Work since 2009.  I have taught Clinical and Field Social Work Courses, Advanced Theories and Interventions with Children & Families, and supervised graduate students in their Field Practicums.  I am a Bilingual (English-Spanish) therapist. I have extensive clinical experience with immigrant families in Los Angeles and have done development work in Spanish-speaking countries.    Prior to being a Therapist, I was a Researcher at UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, where I directed a study on Methamphetamine Abuse. 

I am married and have two children, who have taught me so much about life.  

 

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).