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Mark O'Connell

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Mark O’Connell, LCSW-R, MFA, is a psychotherapist, author and actor in New York City. He’s the author of the new book "The Performing Art of Therapy: Acting Insights and Techniques for Clinicians," (Routledge, 2019) and writes for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post as well as clinical journals, including Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Contact: markoconnelltherapist.com.

Biography

Mark O’Connell, LCSW-R, is a New York City-based psychotherapist in private practice.  He is author of the books "The Performing Art of Therapy: Acting Insights and Techniques for Clinicians" (Routledge) and "Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional 21st Century Weddings" (Skyhorse). Mark's popular writing has also appeared in The Psychotherapy Networker, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, and Truthdig among others. His clinical writing has been published in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Journal of Lesbian and Gay Mental Health.  He speaks publicly on issues related to mental health, identity, and relationships.

Mr. O'Connell graduated with Honors from Hunter College School of Social Work, and has been mentored in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy by Ken Corbett and Lewis Aron among others.  He has an MFA in acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory (associated with Brown University), and is co-founder of the NYC-based theater company Lynx Ensemble Theater; creating performances that promote empathy and expand concepts of identity.  He is also a proud alum of Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Mark practices psychodynamic psychotherapy in Manhattan's Gramercy district, working with a wide variety of individual adults, adolescents, and couples, including actors, artists, and the LGBT communities. His website is www.markoconnelltherapist.com.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Psycotherapy, LGBTQ, Gender, Sexuality, Race, Identity, Performance, Acting, Media, Arts and Culture

Personal Interests

    Movies, Plays, Books, Music, Tennis, Love, Dreams

Websites

Books

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 Featured Title - The Performing Art of Therapy - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Psychotherapy Networker

Character Work: What Therapists Can Learn from Actors


Published: Mar 01, 2019 by Psychotherapy Networker
Authors: Mark O'Connell, LCSW-R, MFA
Subjects: Theater, Art & Visual Culture

Therapists can flop in their “performance” with clients, coming off as inauthentic or over the top. One former actor discovers how to embody the kind of “scene partner” his clients need him to be.

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Review of "A Kid Like Jake"


Published: Mar 01, 2014 by Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Authors: Mark O'Connell, LCSW-R, MFA
Subjects: Adolescent Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Psychological Science, Theater, Gender & Intersectionality Studies

The play A Kid Like Jake presents the modern dilemma of raising a gender-nonconforming child.

Journal of Lesbian and Gay Mental Health

Don’t Act, Don’t Tell: Discrimination Based on Gender Nonconformity in the Entertainment Industry and the Clinical Setting”, Journal of Lesbian & Gay Mental Health


Published: Jul 10, 2012 by Journal of Lesbian and Gay Mental Health
Authors: Mark O'Connell, LCSW-R, MFA
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Health Psychology, Film and Video, Social Psychology, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Art & Visual Culture

The author describes anti-homosexual attitudes in the entertainment industry.

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