Katie O'Connor


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 also serve the Wisconsin State Chapter of Postpartum Support International as Secretary on the Executive Board for the State of Wisconsin. I serve Moms Mental Health Initiative, helping moms both as a trusted therapist and providing Moms Art Therapy Groups. 





I recently developed a unique family program, the first Solution Focused Art Therapy group at Aurora Family Service. Provided free to families and funded by Aurora Family Service, Lumos Wellness, and community donations; Family Playtime: A Make & Take Workshop  fostered community in central Milwaukee. Families enjoyed opportunities to play and spend quality time together in a supportive and creative atmosphere. 

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 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. 

Areas of Special Interest Include

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders

  • Birth Trauma

  • ADHD

  • Adoption

  • Autism

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Depression

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Grief

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Life Transitions

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • Oppositional Defiance

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Women's Issues



Treatment Orientation

  • Art Therapy

  • Attachment-based

  • Expressive Arts

  • Family Systems

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 

  • Narrative Therapy

  • EMDR


Therapies East Associates

827 N. Cass Street

Milwaukee, WI, 53202



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