• Joyful Counseling

    Kimberly & Michael O'Connell

    Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling

    Indianapolis, IN

    Hi there! We are Kim and Mike O'Connell. Welcome to our site!

    We are both marriage and family therapists in the Indianapolis area and we would love to have the opportunity to journey with you as you encounter important moments in your life.

  • Individual Counseling

    Feeling stressed, alone, anxious, maybe even depressed? Going through a transition in life? It’s important to have someone you can trust in the ups and downs of life.

    Individual sessions are typically 45-60 min weekly and offer an opportunity to explore your story and how you cope with life’s challenges.

    We are happy to coordinate with your doctor’s office to help manage medication.

    Couples Counseling

    As Marriage and Family Therapists we have extensive training and experience working with couples. In all relationships there is a natural give and take. At times, our sense of love or trust may be challenged and it becomes difficult to communicate, be intimate or forgive. Couples may find themselves at a stand still or unable to reconnect.

    Whether you have been together for 50 years or 50 minutes, couples counseling is a great way to restore balance in your relationship and work together to vision your future.

    Couple’s sessions are 75 min.

    We also offer pre-marital counseling to help prepare engaged couples.

    Family Counseling

    Family is important. Normal challenges cause families to have to adapt. Life transitions, divorce, school challenges, sickness, death, are just a few examples of some of the challenges families may face. Family therapy helps families to adjust and maintain relationship even through great challenges.

    Family sessions are 75 min.

  • Kimberly O'Connell, MAMFT, MT-BC

    Marriage and Family Therapist Resident
    Music Therapist - Board Certified

    I want to walk alongside you and your family as you experience and adjust to transitions in your life. I hope to help you feel more balanced in your identity as together we build a solid foundation of love, care, and kindness for yourself that can help positively impact the relationships that are most important to you. I currently specialize working with families, women, children, and adolescents.

     

    Education:

    B.S. Music Therapy, Saint Mary of-the-Woods College, December 2006

    M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Theological Seminary, December 2018

     

    Certifications:

    Neurologic Music Therapy Level 1, 2008

    Gottman Family Systems Certification- Level 1, 2017

    Restoration Therapy - Level 1, 2017

     

     

     

     

    2020 Fee Scale and Pricing

    On Families and Children:

     

    Children have an emotional language that is expressed through play, imagination, and intuition. I would love to journey with your child and family to explore and joyfully experience your emotional worlds together. I believe that enriching your family system through attachment based therapy can help alleviate challenging behaviors you might be experiencing with your child and create transformational change within your family.

     

    Additionally, you as a parent need time and space to process emotions and care for yourself. Together we can explore what makes you uniquely you as a whole, and enrich areas of your life where you feel ready to grow.

     

    I have been a licensed music therapist since 2006 and have engaged with children and families from all over the world in the hospital setting. This experience has helped me bring creativity and an experiential spirit to my practice as a marriage and family therapist. I offer family and individual counseling, music therapy, and integrate play into our work.

    Kimberly O'Connell receives direct supervision under Jacqueline Braeger, Ph.D. (License #: 35001317A), and site supervision with Laurie Budlong-Morse, LMFT (License #: 35001974A).

  • Michael O'Connell, LMFT

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Pastoral Associate - Holy Spirit Parish at Geist

    I have a passion to journey with individuals and couples as they seek to restore love and trust in their life and relationships.

    I specialize in working with couples struggling with communication, intimacy (including sex), life transitions and conflict (including infidelity, addiction, abuse, trauma).

    I also work with men who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, paternity and relationship struggles.

     

    All clients (individual and couple) will come to understand their behavioral responses caused by our internal experiences of pain, what we refer to as our pain cycle. We will then map out new opportunities for personal responsibility and predictability, referred to as our peace cycle, and seek together how to practice and strengthen making decisions within our peace cycle instead of making decisions while coping with our pain cycle.

     

    Education and Certifications

     

    Education:

    B.A. Theology & History - Marian University

    M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy - Christian Theological Seminary

     

    Certifications:

    Restoration Family Therapy certification II - 2020

    Restoration Family Therapy certification I - 2017

    Gottman Family Systems certification I - 2015

     

    2020 Fee Scale and Pricing

    See me on MTV's Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant!

    Michael O’Connell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Indiana (License #: 35002087A).

    Michael O’Connell receives supervision with Jacqueline Braeger, Ph.D. (License #: 35001317A).

  • Let's chat!

    Contact us today! We can't wait to meet you.

    We want to hear from you!

    Send us a message using the form below with any questions you may have.

    Click on the "Request Appointment" button if you are ready to schedule today!

     

    Address and Phone:

    🏠 815 E. 63rd Pl. Suite 203 Indianapolis, IN 46220

    📞 317-490-8492

    ⏳ Kim's Hours:

    Monday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

    Tuesday: Out of Office

    Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Thursday: Out of Office

    Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

     

    ⏳ Mike's Hours

    Monday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Tuesday: Out of Office

    Wednesday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

    Thursday: Out of Office

    Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

  • A letter to our clients about COVID-19

    To our clients at Joyful Counseling:

     

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we would like to continue to fulfill your therapy needs while also taking precautions to be safe to everyone who enters our building. We will be implementing the following guidelines to best serve you.

     

    • We have invested in a HIPAA compliant video conference that is easy and simple to use. Your therapist will assist you in setting up your appointment. All you need is a private space, and an internet capable device that can do a video conference (such as a smart phone, tablet or computer). Please let your therapist know as soon as possible if you have any questions about what an online session is like. Attached is also an information document on setting up your online appointment to assist you. 
    • If you feel sick in any way and cannot attend your virtual appointment, please alert your therapist as soon as possible. We have reduced the within 24 hours cancellation fee to $25 so please call as soon as you can. 317-490-8492. 
    • If your clinician does become sick we will notify you as soon as possible and if need be, we will find you an appropriate referral to see another therapist as soon as we can. If you feel that you need immediate care please be honest about this so that we know to assist you with possible options.

     

    Please also be self aware and pay attention to the feelings that arise for you as we all go through this experience together. If you are a person prone to anger, anxiety, control or avoidance behaviors, please recognize that other people around you pay attention to this and feed off of it, especially children. There is a lot of very intimidating and scary conversations that are present at the moment, and children need to know that adults are in charge and will take care of them as best as possible. Yelling at your television about how frustrated you are, or over buying toilet paper are examples of not being self aware to your emotions. Please utilize the simple mindful skill of STOP, THINK, ACT:

    STOP - recognize the behavior and how it is impacting others so that you can slow it down

    THINK - Acknowledge what is the emotion you are feeling and why

    ACT - What is one small thing I can do instead in this moment

     

    These little precautions can go a long way. We feel that now is a very important opportunity for us to provide you with the best therapy services possible but there will be a lot of unexpected situations that will arise. We thank you for your patience and determination in these coming weeks as we all go through this together.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kim and Mike O’Connell

    Joyful Counseling

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