Hello. My name is Dr. Connor. Thank you for taking a moment to read a little about me. I began my career over 20 years ago as an Occupational Therapist and am now expanding my services to include Mental Health Counseling. I have extensive experience working both individually and in groups with adolescents and adults seeking not just relief from troubling symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, but also to discover meaning and purpose in their roles as students, workers, friends, and family members. Recognizing that genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy are the core conditions of any therapeutic relationship, I uphold a Rogerian approach as essential, while also recognizing the need for complementary theoretical approaches that align well with the client’s needs and personality. I have expertise in adjustment to disability and in helping families increase resilience and healthy coping as they navigate supporting family members who identify as persons with disabilities. With graduate-level training in holistic health and analytical psychology, I also recognize that trauma and relational wounding impact the mind, body, and soul. I am eager to accompany you along your journey toward wellness and increased capacity for joy.
In 2017, I earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University and began work as a professor with a research agenda focused on psychological wellness, social inclusion, and career development among neurodiverse individuals. I have presented my work at the state, national, and international levels; published more than 15 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and been the principal investigator of multiple community-based participatory research projects. I am very pleased to now offer my research-informed clinical services as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida.