Denise O'Neil, MPH, MS, LMFT
 Psychotherapy for Individuals - Specializing in Addiction, Anxiety & Relational Trauma
Individual Therapy
 
In individual therapy, we work one-on-one. Treatment is tailored to your specific goals.  You may have clarity on the issue(s) you want to address or you may have a general sense of unease or unhappiness.  People frequently come into therapy wanting to make a change but aren't sure exactly what that change is or how to go about it. There are a number of life stressors that can affect anyone for which therapy can be beneficial. 

Psychotherapy focuses on increasing your understanding of your thoughts and behaviors, developing new insights into your motivations, and resolving conflicts to live a happier life.  Therapy can give you the power to cope in a healthy way and to feel better about yourself.  The number of sessions can vary depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms, how long you've been struggling with your situation, the pace of progress, current stress, satisfaction or concern with daily life and the support you receive from important people in your life.
 
Couples Therapy
 
Are you longing for a better relationship or a relationship with less conflict?  Do you want more closeness and intimacy?  Partners who want to improve their relationship can benefit from couples counseling.  Using an emotionally-focused approach, I help couples become aware of their unhealthy patterns of interaction and teach strategies for positive, productive communication.  Everyone wants to feel seen and heard and I will work to help you achieve safety in expressing your needs.  Couples therapy can do much more than decrease distress - it can strengthen your relationship and increase your connection with your partner.
 
Adolescent Therapy
 
Being a teenager today means facing intense challenges.  There are many aspects of our modern culture which cause teens to live in ways that are unhealthy or sub-optimal for their development.  Anxious feelings, worries and fears are extremely common among adolescents.  Some can't stop thinking about stressful situations and others experience overwhelming feelings of fear and dread.  This often interferes in academic and social functioning and can significantly impact your teen's self-esteem.  Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be effectively treated.  I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my primary treatment modality.  CBT is a first-line, evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders and anxiety symptoms.  It is considered evidence-based because the majority of adolescents treated with CBT resolve their most troubling symptoms.  I provide structured assignments to complete between sessions in order to maximize the effectiveness of therapy and facilitate long-term treatment gains.
 
Therapy for Parents
 
If you are parenting a
behaviorally challenging child or teen, you deserve to have your own support.  It is common to feel a sense of exasperation or overwhelm when your child is struggling.  I specialize in counseling parents of children and teens with autism, anxiety, ADHD, anger outbursts, academic underachievement, depression, low self-esteem, and relational and social issues. 

My clinical training at Rady Children's Hospital focused on families with children who had significant emotional and behavioral needs.  While the therapeutic intervention was often centered on the child, I saw how parents were suffering alongside their children.  As a result, I offer a therapy service dedicated to parents.  Both individual parents and parenting partners are welcome.  The work we do will be designed to meet your needs; you may want to learn specific skills to better attune to your child, or you may want to focus on your own self-care and development.  Ultimately, I will be there to support and guide you through your family struggles.
 
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Denise O'Neil, MPH, MS, LMFT
 Psychotherapy for Individuals
Specializing in Addiction, Anxiety & Relational Trauma

Home     Working with Me     Credentials     Therapy Services     Specialties     Fees    
San Diego Office     Encinitas Office     EMDR


Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, we work one-on-one. Treatment is tailored to your specific goals.  You may have clarity on the issue(s) you want to address or you may have a general sense of unease or unhappiness.  People frequently come into therapy wanting to make a change but aren't sure exactly what that change is or how to go about it. There are a number of life stressors that can affect anyone for which therapy can be beneficial. 

Psychotherapy focuses on increasing your understanding of your thoughts and behaviors, developing new insights into your motivations, and resolving conflicts to live a happier life.  Therapy can give you the power to cope in a healthy way and to feel better about yourself.  The number of sessions can vary depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms, how long you've been struggling with your situation, the pace of progress, current stress, satisfaction or concern with daily life and the support you receive from important people in your life.




Couples Therapy

Are you longing for a better relationship or a relationship with less conflict?  Do you want more closeness and intimacy?  Partners who want to improve their relationship can benefit from couples counseling.  Using an emotionally-focused approach, I help couples become aware of their unhealthy patterns of interaction and teach strategies for positive, productive communication.  Everyone wants to feel seen and heard and I will work to help you achieve safety in expressing your needs.  Couples therapy can do much more than decrease distress - it can strengthen your relationship and increase your connection with your partner.




Adolescent Therapy

Being a teenager today means facing intense challenges.  There are many aspects of our modern culture which cause teens to live in ways that are unhealthy or sub-optimal for their development.  Anxious feelings, worries and fears are extremely common among adolescents.  Some can't stop thinking about stressful situations and others experience overwhelming feelings of fear and dread.  This often interferes in academic and social functioning and can significantly impact your teen's self-esteem.  Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be effectively treated.  I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my primary treatment modality.  CBT is a first-line, evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders and anxiety symptoms.  It is considered evidence-based because the majority of adolescents treated with CBT resolve their most troubling symptoms.  I provide structured assignments to complete between sessions in order to maximize the effectiveness of therapy and facilitate long-term treatment gains.




Therapy for Parents

If you are parenting a behaviorally challenging child or teen, you deserve to have your own support.  It is common to feel a sense of exasperation or overwhelm when your child is struggling.  I specialize in counseling parents of children and teens with autism, anxiety, ADHD, anger outbursts, academic underachievement, depression, low self-esteem, and relational and social issues. 

My clinical training at Rady Children's Hospital focused on families with children who had significant emotional and behavioral needs.  While the therapeutic intervention was often centered on the child, I saw how parents were suffering alongside their children.  As a result, I offer a therapy service dedicated to parents.  Both individual parents and parenting partners are welcome.  The work we do will be designed to meet your needs; you may want to learn specific skills to better attune to your child, or you may want to focus on your own self-care and development.  Ultimately, I will be there to support and guide you through your family struggles.