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Get to Know Me
and My Philosophy

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Katie O'Connor, MS,


Perinatal Mental Health Specialist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Counselor, and Registered Art Therapist with more than 15 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. I hold a Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Milwaukee's Family Therapy Training Institute. There, I developed a deep understanding and appreciation for the resilience of families in our community. This understanding now informs my practice of Solution Focused Brief Therapy.  I consult with Eve Lipchik, cofounder of Solution Focused Brief Therapy to support my continuing education and enrichment in this approach. 

In support of my specialization in Women's Health, I hold Postpartum Support International's Certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders. I completed training in EMDR for Perinatal Mental Health. I also serve the Wisconsin State Chapter of Postpartum Support International as Secretary on the Executive Board for the State of Wisconsin. I also have served as coleader for Milwaukee's Climb Out of the Darkness, an annual event to raise funds and awareness for the mental health of new families.

In addition to my work with individuals and families, I enjoy an ongoing relationship with The Women's Center as Art Therapist and Consultant. I have also enjoyed providing educational programs for The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Mount Mary University, Aurora Family Service, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, The Periscope Project, Authentic Birth Center, Well Rounded Maternity Center, C.A.R.E. network, and Early Childhood Education at the Next Door foundation. ​I also serve Moms Mental Health Initiative, helping moms both as a trusted therapist and providing Moms Art Therapy Groups.


Relationship, Trust, WellNess

​​​Areas of Special Interest

  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

  • Birth Trauma

  • Adoption

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • Parenting

  • Relationships and Communication

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Women's Issues



Treatment Orientation

  • Art Therapy

  • Attachment-based

  • Expressive Arts

  • Family Systems

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 

  • Narrative Therapy

  • EMDR

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