About Jessie Marie O’Hara

“I have always been drawn to psychology and the ways in which intersectionality can affect the ways we are taught to think about ourselves and others.”

Why I became a therapist

Hi, my name is Jessie! I am a master’s level therapist with a special interest in social justice and women’s issues.  I have always been drawn to psychology and the ways in which intersectionality can affect the ways we are taught to think about ourselves and others.  As a therapist, I enjoy creating a safe space for individuals to express their thoughts and emotions out loud and judgment-free. Considering how tumultuous everyday life can be, many often overlook their own thoughts, needs, and feelings. It can be easy to forget to prioritize your well-being while trying to balance the hustle and bustle of daily life, especially considering what historic times we are living in.  I became a therapist in hopes of normalizing holding space for the thoughts and emotions that are sometimes uncomfortable to talk about, but are essential to work through in order to cultivate a more peaceful and present future.

Who I work with

I work with individuals navigating mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. I have experience working with a wide age range, spanning from adolescents to adults of all ages. My clinical experience has included supporting people experiencing relationship issues, life-stage transitions, and trauma. Being a daughter of immigrants, I have a special interest in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds within the BIPOC/AAPI communities. I pride myself in being open to working with a wide range of individuals. If you are truly willing to put in work to better yourself, I am willing to provide a space for your growth journey.

“Our lives are not stagnant, we move and change along with the seasons. I recognize that everyone has a story and each part of that story helps mold us into who we become.”

Working With Me

I practice using a psychodynamic theoretical approach. Our lives are not stagnant, we move and change along with the seasons. I recognize that everyone has a story and each part of that story helps mold us into who we become. While we cannot spend our days ruminating on the past, we can use our stories to embolden our futures. I believe momentous life events can have a significant impact on someone, even well after those events occur.  While it is impossible to slow the world down, we can work together to process the emotions and thoughts that may be keeping you from being your most well-informed and well-equipped self.

Qualifications and trainings

  • I received my master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago.

  • I received my undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

  • I have experience working with individuals experiencing concurrent developmental and mental health issues.

  • I have career experience providing protective services to the senior population and have over 5 years experience providing case management services.

Ready to overcome the barriers holding you back?