A friend and mentor of mine once told me that she thought she had had three lives.
Each of these “lives” just got better for her as she aged and grew in wisdom.
I like to think that my life, which has been rich with many experiences and graces, has just gotten better and better.
In my life, ministry has been very important. I have a big definition or idea of ministry and I believe that counseling is one key part in that idea of ministry. Accompanying a person, a couple or a family into a healthier relationship with oneself or others is a ministry of healing.
Over the last 30 years my work has included being a teacher, a pastoral associate, a consultant, and a counselor.
My work as a teacher has ranged from the inner city in upstate New York, to a Catholic high school in Texas, to a counselor/teacher in a public school discipline campus also in Texas. I was a business consultant for several years in the DFW area. I interviewed and hired people as well as coached business owners in their growing businesses about better inter personal practices and conflict management.
Many of my years have been spent as a teacher and pastoral counselor in the Catholic Church during which I was able to work with the personal and spiritual lives of many parishioners.
My counseling work has been enhanced through an internship with AIDS patients.
I have also been part of a team in a treatment center for addictions.
One of my most profound experiences of ministry was as a hospice chaplain in which I accompanied individuals and their family members through the process of dying.
Working with the young or elderly, individuals, or families have all been a experiences of grace for me. The movement of any person from a feeling of imbalance to a greater sense of balance is and has always been a privilege. The sacred often touches us in the moments we feel most human and broken.
My counseling style is characterized by a good portion of humor and experience informed “common sense”. My strength is to be compassionate, challenging and supportive. I draw on Transactional Analysis, Rational Emotive Therapy, Systems’ Theory and other modalities as sources for my sessions.
I like people and enjoy my many interactions with my clients. I offer an understanding, non-judgmental ear and heart to those with whom I work. Being listened to is probably one of the greatest gifts of being in counseling.
I may not have heard it all but I have a lot of it and I look forward to hearing more as I work with more of you as clients.
Katharine O’Connor’s Education:
- BA; University of St Thomas, Houston, Texas
- MDiv; Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- MA; Amber University, Garland, Texas
- Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) #16527
- Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
- Transactional Analysis Practitioner
- Member of Tarrant County Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor