"The First Act of Love is to Listen"
About Dr. Meag-gan
I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Northern Colorado. I completed my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University Counseling and Psychological Services, Vaden Health Center where I served as Staff Psychologist for six years.
I work from a Liberation Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral framework. I am a contract therapist for LYRA Health and can serve all covered employees, partners, and dependents. I am not currently on any insurance panels and thus require fee-for-service for non-Lyra clients. However, I can provide documentation (superbills) for submission to your insurance company for reimbursement.
SimplePractice CE (Continuing Education)
This course guides participants on an exploration of psychology’s development into social justice. By examining the seven social justice mindsets, with liberation as the highest goal, participants will learn how to incorporate social justice work into the therapy room. Case anecdotes are shared throughout the presentation to demonstrate the application and spirit of this orientation.
1.5 hours CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format. Case examples include fictionalized elements.Read More
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe the 7 social justice mindsets
- Identify at least three impacts of the participant’s current social justice mindset on their clinical care
- Differentiate between equality and equity
- Apply at least three components of liberation psychology into their practice
No matter your racial, ethnic or cultural background, this candid one-day (recorded) training will equip you to enhance your treatment with minoritized clients and inspire you to begin using your practice as a source of systemic change!
The ingrained impacts of systemic racism affect every sector and institution of our society, pushing many to the margins by means out of their control. Our therapeutic spaces are not untouched.
Despite our best intentions, many of us are unwittingly committing microaggressions, damaging rapport, and perpetuating inequalities. Without acknowledging power differentials and uprooting our biases we can fail our clients and unknowingly participate in the oppression.Read More
Unlike other trainings that offer overly simplified and formulaic guidance on how to do therapy with “diverse clients” this program will visit the uncomfortable places we need to go to become better clinicians for all of our clients.
Watch Dr. Meag-gan O’Reilly, Stanford Lecturer and CEO & Co-Founder of Inherent Value Psychology Inc., for an eye-opening exploration of how using a framework of equity, inclusion, and liberation can transform you and your clinical care.
PLUS she’ll share the key concepts, mindsets and clinical examples you need to more effectively work with the intersectionality in each client and give you actionable steps you can take to help dismantle oppressive systems and effect change at a societal level. This is one training you can’t afford to miss!
Coaching entails three meetings. In the first I provide a detailed and applied introduction to Liberation Psychology. You will present the clinical cases you wish for us to examine. In our second meeting, I will share my prepared interventions as we discuss how to make these recommendations your own. Our last meeting will occur two weeks after to check-in on your learning and provide closure. Liberation Coaching is a 1:1 safe learning space that many of us did not receive in our formal studies. It is never too late to make your practice a liberating space.
*This is not a supervisory relationship; thus I do not assume any liability for treatment outcomes of your clients*
Dr. Meag-gan specializes in providing innovative and engaging virtual group therapeutic spaces for the Black community. Group offerings change each quarter. Current group offerings are below.
Perfectionists struggle with unrealistic standards, harsh self criticism and procrastination. When you add respectability politics with working twice as hard to get half as much (the Black tax), the pull toward perfectionist behaviors within the Black experience can feel inescapable. In this 6-week skills and process group, I will identify the common traps and guide you in practicing the Cognitive Behavioral tools to minimize perfectionism while maintaining your drive toward achievement and Black Excellence.Read More
Core skills include understanding and resisting racism, responding to microaggressions, decreasing the inner-critic, cultivating self-compassion, building self-worth outside of achievement, tools for procrastination, and cognitive restructuring around rigid patterns in thoughts and behaviors.
From Surviving 2 Thriving
Our communities continue to be under siege. The toll of this struggle can go unseen, but should not go unacknowledged. This 6-week process group will honor the ways we have survived through unrelenting trauma and grief. We will center our right to thrive in a decolonized definition of wellness. In this group we will share narratives of survival and learn tangible tools for flourishing while co-creating collective healing. Cohorts for Black women and Black Queer Folx are available.
Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth
Everywhere you look in our culture, there is the narrative of proving yourself to be of value. It started with grades, and never stopped. From toxic productivity to appearance and status, our mental health is eroded by never feeling worthy enough. It is time to see ourselves in a different and more accurate light by dismantling conventional ideas and re-envision the true meaning of self-worth.Read More
In this 5 week group you will learn powerful tools and insights informed by ancient philosophy on the true meaning of inherent value and discover the importance of protecting our minds from negative and oppressive messaging. We will discuss the relation of low self-worth and social justice and the additional messages of unworthiness experienced by people with minority identities. By defining what really matters to you, you can construct and employ personalized methods for increasing your experience of your inherent value and develop behavioral tools for practicing self-worth.
I believe in YOUR inherent value.
I believe in the inherent value of every person. I conceptualized, and work through a Liberation Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral framework. Cognitive Behavior Therapy permits me to provide a goal-oriented structure, concrete skills, and comprehensive therapeutic support.
I also believe that all counseling is multicultural counseling impacted by systems of oppression. We all represent multiple intersections of identity. Recognizing contextual factors, and cultural diversity is at the forefront of my therapy. I approach my clinical practice with a deep belief that people want to be recognized for, but not reduced to their differences. As a Black woman, I acknowledge the diversity I bring into the counseling room and prioritize you having the requite space to heal and process. I welcome all sexual orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, economic backgrounds, and genders.
Therapeutic success for me is when new understandings, new behaviors, and self-compassion have been acquired so that symptoms are reduced or management is at a level to which you feel that you are able to function, and flourish without the support of regular counseling.
I look forward to working with you!
Areas of Clinical Expertise: Trauma, Depression, Passive Suicidality, Anxiety, High Achiever Stress, Impostor Feelings, Perfectionism & Self Criticism, Burnout, Work-life Integration, Resilience, Healthy Relationships/ Boundaries, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Compassion for Self and Others, Motivation and Procrastination, Personal Values and Life Fulfillment.
I am not providing couples therapy at this time.