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.
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
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
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