Audrey O'Gorman, M.A., LMFT Associate
Supervised by Bill Woodburn, M.Ed., LMFT-S, LPC-S
Don’t let my bespectacled librarian exterior fool you. I am a fierce advocate for the wellbeing, happiness and healthy growth of my clients. If you choose to work with me here at Therapy Austin, I will do all I can to facilitate the kind of therapeutic experience that will achieve the long-term goals you have set for yourself or for your relationship.
But first things first – hello! I am Therapy Austin’s one and only (I think) therapist hailing from parts other than the US – from Dublin, Ireland, to be precise – with long stints in London and New York along the way. I have behind me more than two decades of high-level professional experience in international relations and media environments, including 11 years at United Nations headquarters in New York. But I always wanted to find a way to do the kind of meaningful work I am doing now as a therapist. I am grateful every day for the chance to participate in this absorbing and rewarding profession, and pleased to be able to do it in the supportive and nurturing environment of Therapy Austin.
I have a number of areas of special interest in my work. I welcome working with individuals as well as with couples, am LGBT-affirmative, and I may be a good fit for you if you have concerns around trauma (recent or not-so-recent), stress, communication and relationship issues, life transitions (particularly for women in their 20s and early 30s), unresolved issues from childhood, professional challenges, complex or life-limiting illness, and addictions, among other areas. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), proven to be a very effective protocol for working with traumatized individuals to dramatically reduce or even eliminate post-traumatic symptoms. Although we only see adults at Therapy Austin, if you are seeking help with issues involving teens, keep in mind that I have had some success working with adolescents as well.
I also welcome those who seek answers to questions of a religious or spiritual nature. I was lucky enough to do my psychotherapy training at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest here in Austin. I grew up in a very Catholic country, though not in a practicing Catholic family, and my own spiritual leanings these days are broad and happily inclusive of aspects of many of the world’s traditions. It’s possible you’ll hear the words “soul”, “mindfulness”, and “universe” from me more than once.
My style of working (and I’ve polled clients on this) is warm and friendly, but direct and gently probing. I have a good sense of humor, but I can be feisty if it’s called for. But always – ALWAYS – with the long-term benefit to my client as the goal. I know that the priority during our time together is to maximize the benefit to you of the work we do. Conflict makes me uncomfortable, as it does most people. But I have learned – in life as well as in this profession – that out of respectful conflict can often come the most valuable growth. I think of it as the grain of sand that irritates the oyster in his shell, ultimately producing a marvelous pearl. I may look motherly, but you don’t necessarily need a second mom. What you probably DO need if you are coming to Therapy Austin is to have someone on your side, aiding your navigation of the slings and arrows of life in a way that can build your personal resilience and sense of wellbeing. I would certainly welcome the opportunity to do that work with you.
And when I am not doing this work that engages me so much, I am indulging in music and literature of all sorts, spending time with valued friends and family (not so easy when a lot of them live thousands of miles away!) and responding to the need for constant devotion of a bossy elderly Persian cat named Masha.