• Joyful Counseling

    Michael & Kimberly O'Connell

    individual, couples, and family counseling in Indianapolis, in

    Hi there! We're Kim and Mike O'Connell. We are 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.

  • Services

    What we offer


    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.

    Couple's & Relationships

    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. Couple’s may find themselves at a stand still or unable to reconnect.

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

    Couple’s sessions are 75 min or 90 min.

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


    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 or 90 min.

    Music Therapy

    Through live music interventions we can:

    Reduce stress and anxiety

    Learn emotional intelligence

    Create shared meaning

    Play as a family

    Open space for memories

    Create legacy pieces to work through grief and loss


  • Kimberly O'Connell, MAMFT, MT-BC

    Board Certified Music Therapist

    Marriage and Family Therapy Resident

    About Kim

    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.


    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.


    Fee Scale:

    $100 for a 50 minute session

    $125 for a 75 minute session

    $150 for a 90 minute session

    *Please note a 50 minute session is not a sufficient amount of time for couples and family sessions.*



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

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



    Gottman Level 1, 2017

    Restoration Therapy Level 1, 2017

    Neurologic Music Therapy Level 1, 2008


    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



    B.A. Theology & History - Marian University

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



    Restoration Family Therapy certification 1 - 2017

    Gottman Family Systems certification 1 - 2015


    2020 Fee Scale and Pricing

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    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!


    🏠 815 E. 63rd Pl. Suite 202 Indianapolis, IN 46220

    📞 317-490-8492


    ⏳ Kim's Hours:

    Sundays: 12-8pm

    Monday: 3-8pm

    Friday: 9am-12pm


    ⏳ Mike's Hours

    Monday: 9am-2pm

    Wednesday: 11am-8pm

    Thursday: 11am-8pm

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