Leila  O'Connell

Leila O'Connell

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated August 04, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic illness
  • Persistent and severe mental illness
  • Loss and grief
  • Issues related to aging

Professional statement

Leila O’Connell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, persistent and severe mental illness, and loss and grief. Leila combines excellence in evidence-based therapy techniques with extensive clinical experience of nearly 30 years in practice.

Leila enjoys helping clients recover from trauma, working at a steady pace to gently guide clients beyond painful past events to lead more fulfilling lives. She has particular expertise in supporting individuals with persistent and severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Leila also works with many older adults facing challenges related to aging, such as navigating chronic physical health conditions. Furthermore, she frequently works with individuals diagnosed with cancer, providing them emotional support.

Leila primarily takes a psychodynamic approach in order to help clients better understand themselves and their emotional patterns, incorporating elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques as well. Leila highly values a team-based, collaborative approach, and works closely with clients’ healthcare team of psychiatrists and primary care physicians to ensure close-looped care.

Leila’s practice welcomes an eclectic mix of clients including individuals in academia and in the arts community. She takes special care in engaging clients with compassion, humor, and sensitivity.

Message to clients

Compassion, curiosity and humor are the best adjectives to describe my work. I have been a clinical social worker for nearly 30 years and believe more than ever in the power of the 'talking cure.' I provide a safe space for people to share their stories and bear witness to their pain and sorrow. Thru this process people learn to (re) create sustainable lives. I believe that recovery/positive change is always possible and strive to offer people hope thru our work together. While psychodynamically trained, I often use CBT techniques, self compassion and case management on a case by case basis.


Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Chronic illness - Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Persistent and severe mental illness - Working with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder

Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Issues related to aging - Managing the emotional and physical concerns related to aging and the geriatric population


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • First Health
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Multiplan or PHCS
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Bryant University Student Health Insurance (First Health)
  • Rhode Island College RIC Student Health Insurance (PHCS or Multiplan)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $90 (55min)
  • Initial session: $150 (55min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

208 Governor Street

Providence, RI 02906


  • Mon 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2007 - Present

Thundermist Psych Center, 2007 - 2009

Lisa Rocchio and Associates, Contractor, 2003 - 2007

Family Services of RI, 2003 - 2004

Emory University Counseling Center, 1998 - 2002

Northside Mental Health Center/Vistas Program, 1993 - 1998

The Bridge Counseling Center, 1992 - 1993

The Charley Group Home Program, 1990 - 1992

Berkshire Farm for Boys, 1984 - 1986

Smith College, MSW, 1989

Williams College, BA, 1984