Therapist Profile

Terrence O'Connor, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Ventura, CA 93003
(310) 396-4942
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I work primarily with relationship issues as I believe that many painful disorders such as depression and anxiety are rooted in unresolved relationship stress and pain. While this pain may have originated in a client’s early childhood it is most definitely resurfacing in the client’s present interpersonal relationships. One of my goals is to help clients recognize distorted perceptions and unhealthy relationship patterns that are keeping them stuck. Once they can own their own part in the relationship dynamic they will feel less victimized and more confident to get their needs met. By building stronger and more effective relationship skills with the important people in their lives, clients will begin to experience relief from their painful clinical conditions. Aside from working with families and individuals, I have been facilitating support/process groups for the past fifteen years. My goal has been to help participants find and maintain deeper connections with themselves and others through authentic living. This is largely accomplished by providing a safe and healing place for clients to recognize and experience the full spectrum of their feelings and to develop the courage and communication skills to express them. It has been empowering for them and exciting and deeply rewarding work for me. I have an extensive background in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy combined with Family Systems. However, as each client has uniquely different problems, I use a combination of therapeutic methods which also include Existential, Post Modern and Psychodynamic modalities. While I am more direct in my approach, my goal is to empower clients to come up with their own solutions. I may observe, guide and coach but I do not give advice. Specialties include Co-dependency and Adult Child Issues, Couples, Groups, Depression/Anxiety, Parenting, Women’s issues, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem/Personal Growth. For the past 15 years I have facilitated process/support groups called Creating Healthy Relationships in Los Angeles and now in Ventura where my practice is. My present process group focuses on Co-dependency issues and Empowerment in Relationships. I received my formal training and MA as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Phillips Graduate Institute, in Encino, California. I received my bachelor’s degree (BFA) in Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona and spent two years pursuing my Master’s Degree at NYU with a Fellowship in Acting, followed by a twenty-five year professional acting career. Besides being a member of CAMFT, I served on the board of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California for three years. I now have a private practice in Ventura. CA . (License # MFC37696) and I can be reached at 310-396-4942.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Aetna, Blue Shield, Blue Shield of CA, College Health IPA, Health Net Insurance, Magellan, MHN, Most Insurance Accepted, PacifiCare, Private Pay, PPO, Sliding Scale, Tricare, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Value Options
Credit Cards Accepted
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


BFA-Theatre Arts, 1966, Univ. of Arizona MA-Marriage & Family Counseling, 1998, PGI

Area of Specialty

Assertiveness Training
Childhood Trauma
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Domestic Violence
Group Therapy
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Women's Issues


Theoretical Orientation
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Family Systems
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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