Elizabeth Joy O’Connor
Elizabeth graduated top of her class from her Master’s program at Fordham University and with honors from Marymount Manhattan College. While in school she was inducted into Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology.
Elizabeth has been training in psychodrama under George Biglin, LCSW, TEP for the past 8 years. She has facilitated psychodrama trainings at the NASW Addiction Institute, the R.C Ward Addiction Treatment Center and Parallax Center in New York and at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference in San Francisco.
Elizabeth thrives off a fast-paced and diverse work environment. She understands the challenge of balancing work and play, and has worked on developing her own tools to increase joy and fulfillment in her own life. She believes that every person has the ability to heal their lives by utilizing their own unique strengths.
Before entering into the helping profession, Elizabeth performed as an actress, dancer, and singer. After performing for several years, Elizabeth decided that her true passion was in helping people heal their lives and reach their full potential.
Elizabeth has lived and worked in Manhattan for over a decade, with experience in a variety of settings, from hospitals to agencies to schools. She has developed a keen awareness about the substance use culture of city life. Elizabeth has worked as a supervisor at substance abuse agencies and has 11 years of experience working with individuals from all different walks of life.
Elizabeth was born to be a therapist. She is an old soul and has a naturally calming presence. She is empathetic, real, open-minded, non-judgmental, and truly cares about the people she works with. She is highly driven and works tirelessly on her own self-development. She ‘walks the walk’ and ‘talks the talk’ of self-growth.
– Catherine Stieglitz, LMSW, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Elizabeth approaches the therapeutic process with an open heart and mind. Often, Elizabeth will incorporate her creativity in the work that she does with her clients, believing that the creative arts can be extremely healing.
She uses attachment therapy, psychodrama, psychodynamic theory, and CBT techniques in her work, tailoring each session to meet the specific needs of that person. She also incorporates Brene Brown’s teachings on vulnerability and shame, specifically when working on changing addictive behaviors. She utilizes a strengths-based lens and believes that every person has the ability to heal and live their healthiest life possible.
Elizabeth specializes in helping people with their unhealthy behaviors: drug and alcohol use, infidelity, and other compulsions. She helps people understand where their behaviors come from and how they can begin to change them. Elizabeth knows that addictive behaviors often lead to feelings of shame, inadequacy, and hopelessness. She understands how scary it can be to take the first step but she has also seen the amazing changes that can be made after making that first call.
Education & Certificates
Master of Social Work