Bridgid O’Connell, LSW
Bridgid O’Connell, LSW
As a sex-positive therapist, I emphasize diversity, creativity, and inclusion in my practice. I am deeply committed to working with individuals in resolving conflict through self-awareness. It is my experience that resolution often occurs when we are present and engaging with the difficulties we encounter. It is my goal to promote the process of healing by helping clients cultivate an understanding within themselves that can help unveil the deeper meaning their struggle is pointing towards.
I have worked with individuals experiencing emotional dysregulation, addiction, trauma, depression, homelessness, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQIA+ marginalization. I believe that the trauma associated with oppression can be a powerful tool when it validates a person’s accurate perception of injustice and the feelings elicited by such treatment. I recognize the effects of the larger societal and cultural environment in which identity and relationships around sex, sexual orientation, and class are shaped.
My approach is person-centered, strengths-based, influenced by queer theory and feminist thought. You are the expert in your unique experience. My role is to help you discover your innate capability to resolve conflict through self-compassion. I hope to support you towards your wellness by creating a safe and authentic therapeutic alliance. I have seen how being open to both pleasure and wounding can be essential for growth. The road forward is often a vulnerable one. I am grateful for the trust that you may bring to the process.
There is wisdom and truth to be found within the struggles that we face. I believe that you have the ability to develop a deeper knowledge and acceptance of these conflicts and the strength to move forward in your life. Psychotherapy can be a transformative experience. I would be honored to navigate with you on your journey towards greater self-understanding and compassion.
Education & Professional Memberships
Bridgid O’Connell, LSW has a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She previously holds a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. While working with Lincoln Park Community Shelter and Chicago House and Social Services Agency, Bridgid worked extensively with marginalized populations including the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals experiencing homelessness, and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Bridgid has trained at the following institutions:
University of Illinois at Chicago
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago House and Social Services Agency
Department of Children and Family Services
Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Bridgid is a member of the following professional organizations:
National Association of Social Workers-NASW