Dr. Laurie-Ann O'Connor is specialized in anxiety disorders, PTSD, sexuality & intellectual disability, eating disorders, medical psychology/behavioral medicine, psychological assessment.
Dr. O’Connor, has graduate degrees in both clinical and counseling psychology as well as postdoctoral training as a trauma professional. Her writings have appeared in newspapers, professional trade magazines, and peer-reviewed journals. She studied in both Canada and the US and is currently located in Venice, Florida. Her wide range of successful past experiences - in the field of psychology as well as an entrepreneur and with many charitable organizations - have allowed her to develop a wide variety of integrative approaches that she incorporates into her mindfulness based, humanistic practice.
Edna’s son, Bobby, is 14. He’s not a bad kid by any stretch of the imagination. He’s never been in trouble in school or with the law. He is kind and polite to others. He is unusually honest and trustworthy for a boy his age, but there is one part of Bobby’s behavior that has Edna completely out of sorts and sitting on my couch. Bobby is an underachiever. He’s not failing any of his classes, nor has he ever. It’s clear, however, that Bobby is uninspired by academic life and skates by doing as little as possible. Edna, God bless her, has her sights on much loftier careers for her son than Bobby seems to be aiming towards himself. Edna has hired tutors and psychologists. She has tried lecturing, guilt-tripping, and privilege-removing. In a weak moment of desperation, she has even had Bobby’s palm read to get the inside scoop on his future. So what’s the harm in Edna’s efforts? Probably nothing with a horrible or permanent outcome. But the problem is this--despite Bobby’s periodic half-hearted attempts to appease his mother, he is still underachieving.
If you grew up in the 1960s, it was almost a requirement to watch the annual showing of "The Wizard of Oz" with your family. As exciting as Dorothy and Toto's yellow-bricked journey to Oz was to me, I thought there were two serious flaws in the movie. First, the flying monkeys regressed my toilet training a good two years. Secondly, the movie's ending was lamer than Raymond Burr on "Ironside."
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