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Mark Farrell O'Brien 

Mental Health & Addiction Expert

 Welcome to My Counseling Journey: A Compassionate Guide Through Life's Phases



For Teenagers: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of High School

My journey in counseling began in youth centers and summer youth camps. As a camp director, I had the privilege of guiding teens like yours through the exciting yet challenging phase of adolescence. Those experiences taught me the importance of patience, understanding, and the ability to foster a supportive environment.

Navigating high school can sometimes feel like sailing uncharted waters. I draw upon my background to empathetically guide young men through these formative years. I understand the complexities of teenage life, offering a safe space for boys to express their concerns, fears, and hopes. Together, we can chart a course towards confidence, resilience, and academic success.

For Young Adults: From Higher Education to Real-World Challenges

Ah, the exhilarating journey into adulthood! My career path led me through five fulfilling years in higher education, where I was entrusted with student relations and crisis counseling. This experience equipped me with skills to connect with young adults navigating the maze of college and the transition to independence.

In the world of young adulthood, challenges are aplenty, from academic pressures to identity exploration. My time in higher education honed my ability to guide young men through these challenges. Together, we'll tackle the hurdles of adulting, exploring career paths, managing relationships, and cultivating resilience. My goal is to empower you to face the world with confidence and self-assurance.

For Midlife: Navigating the Crossroads of Experience and Change

Midlife—a phase marked by reflection, change, and rediscovery. I've had the privilege of working in community counseling centers and drug and alcohol treatment facilities, helping men grapple with the complexities of midlife issues. This period often brings questions about purpose, identity, and the pursuit of fulfillment.

My experience in these settings has deepened my understanding of midlife challenges. I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore these questions. Together, we'll navigate career shifts, relationship dynamics, and the search for renewed purpose. Midlife can be a transformative chapter; I'm here to help you embrace it with resilience and grace.

For Retirement: Finding Meaning and Purpose in a New Chapter


Retirement—a time of reflection, newfound freedom, and the pursuit of passions. Retirement communities always fascinated me, sparking a deep interest in this significant life transition. I believe that this phase holds immense potential for self-discovery, learning, and meaningful connections.

My passion for retirement is not just professional; it's personal. I've always envisioned retirement as an opportunity for individuals to explore uncharted territories, engage in hobbies, and contribute to their communities. In this phase, I offer guidance tailored to your unique journey. Together, we'll explore new interests, foster meaningful relationships, and uncover the profound sense of purpose that retirement can bring.

Let's Embark on this Journey Together

I am more than a counselor; I am your companion through life's various stages. Whether you're a teenager seeking direction, a young adult navigating the complexities of young adulthood, a midlife individual in search of purpose, or someone embracing the joys of retirement, I am here to support you. Let's embark on this transformative journey together. Text or call me today at 312-316-7703 and let's begin a conversation about your path ahead.

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