About Marianne O’Leary, Ph.D.

About Marianne O’Leary, Ph.D.

I am a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Ellicott City, Maryland, with over 25 years of experience. I provide psychotherapy services to a diverse group of adults, with a special emphasis on all forms of anxiety, depression, and recovery from trauma. My approach is practical and flexible, drawing from cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, EMDR, and relational theories. I would welcome the chance to talk with you about what is leading you to seek help at this time, and whether I may be of help to you.

I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, and completed my internship at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. In my postdoctoral training, also at the Baltimore VA, I gained additional experience in geriatrics and primary care. I have worked in a variety of outpatient and hospital settings, including a mental health center, college counseling center, inpatient psychiatric units, and a substance abuse treatment program.

Over the years, I have developed a special interest in working with people who suffer from anxiety in all its forms, including OCD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorders. I have also cultivated a longstanding specialty in trauma recovery, PTSD, and dissociation. I have been trained in and use EMDR. I also enjoy working with older adults, addressing such challenges as caregiving, and I help clients with issues involved in parenting young adults.

One of the most influential schools of thought I draw from in psychotherapy is cognitive-behavioral. According to this approach, which has been extensively studied and validated, the way we think about issues in our lives, and the actions that we take or avoid taking, profoundly influence our emotions. Solution-focused approaches emphasize the fact that we all have strengths, and it is often the case that building upon these strengths allows us to be more effective as people and in our relationships. Relational or interpersonal approaches raise our awareness that the ways in which we interact, often learned in our earliest relationships, shape how we feel and think about ourselves today. Finally, I have experienced EMDR as a powerful form of treatment for a variety of problems.

I would be happy to discuss my background with you in more detail. In another life (before psychology), I earned a masters degree at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and worked for several years with rural and urban community health centers in Tennessee that served the medically underserved.

I am a member of the Maryland Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the EMDR International Association, and the International OCD Foundation.