Megan O’Brien, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor in Kenilworth and Lincolnshire, Illinois
My work as a therapist is focused on children and adolescents experiencing emotional, social, behavioral, and learning challenges. My clinical experience includes inpatient hospitalization, partial day programs, outpatient treatment, and in-home care. My aim is to improve mental health by changing cognitive distortions and behaviors while improving emotional regulation and the development of personal coping strategies to target current problems.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I also hold a second bachelor’s degree with honors in Gender and Women’s Studies from WMU. These programs gave me the unique ability to understand the societal context of mental health and factors that may influence mental illness. They also provided me extensive learning opportunities on multicultural awareness in relation to diversity and inclusion.
Further development in the field of psychotherapy was achieved through my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I served as President of Chi Sigma Iota the international and professional academic honors society for counseling students, educators, and professionals. Aside from academic responsibilities, I volunteered my time in the university’s Social Justice Leadership Academy and mentored first-generation community college scholars in the south side of Chicago. This was completed with an effort to accelerate their progress on career pathways to reach economic mobility to change the education landscape to impact future generational success.
When I’m not counseling both professionally or volunteering, I enjoy trying new restaurants, skiing, and spending time with family and friends along Lake Michigan.