Michael Patrick O'Heron
Dr. Michael O'Heron is a licensed psychologist in Washington, DC who specializes in working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, identity issues, and general life transitions. Clients who seek therapy with Dr. O'Heron often do so when, despite feeling accomplished in their careers and/or academic pursuits, continue to feel a lack of meaning or purpose in life or who feel an overall sense of isolation and disconnection from themselves and others. Dr. O'Heron works to help his clients to feel revitalized and satisfied in their life pursuits and works towards helping them to integrate and strengthen their sense of self. Moreover, Dr. O'Heron works to help his clients to increase self-acceptance and self-compassion in addition to helping them to better tolerate negative emotions that may often feel intolerable or unacceptable.
Dr. O'Heron integrates various modalities and theories of psychotherapy into his practice, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and emotion-focused approaches, but primarily conceptualizes his work through a psychodynamic/relational lens. Dr. O'Heron works to help clients understand how early life experiences impact their thoughts and feelings regarding self and others in the present. Through this process, Dr. O'Heron works to help clients disembed issues from their past in order to help them feel unstuck.
Dr. O'Heron views the therapeutic relationship as a crucial part of successful therapy and works to facilitate a strong working alliance with his clients. Dr. O'heron works to facilitate an affirming and non-judgmental environment with his clients. Dr. O'Heron emphasizes providing culturally sensitive care in addition to LGBTQIA affirmative therapies.
In his free time, Dr. O'Heron loves to practice tai chi and other Chinese martial arts. He is an avid music lover and enjoys watching European soccer, especially when his favorite club, Tottenham Hotspur, is playing.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience
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Years of Experience: 11 years
Private practice, 2015 - Present
American University, 2018
Boston College, 2013
University of Michigan, 2012
Ball State University, 2011
University of Illinois, 2010
Western Michigan University, 2005
Ohio State University, 2003
Washington DC: PSY1000945