Karyn O'Leary, LCSW

Karyn O'Leary

I am a Virginia State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience working with children and families in Fairfax County. I completed my undergraduate work at James Madison University with a double major of Psychology and Spanish, and a minor in Translation. I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Alexandria Campus. I am fluent in Spanish and have worked extensively with the Latino community for many years in and outside of the US, providing me with knowledge of bicultural issues in children and families. I have a background in working with children and trauma, including youth in foster care and their families, and adolescent girls with a history of sexual trauma. I have provided treatment to children, adolescents, and families managing issues of trauma, depression, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, attachment, reunification, and acculturation.

The diversity of my knowledge and experience has allowed me to deliver personal, interactive, and strengths-based treatment to a wide variety of individuals. After several years of working with youth and families in foster care and adoption, I understand the many issues that can appear within both foster/adoptive families and biological families, as well as the loss and trauma that children in foster care encounter. I have worked extensively with children who have experienced disruptions in foster care placements and issues with attachment, and have helped them achieve a sense of security with their families. I have facilitated PRIDE workshops for foster/adoptive parents being trained in the challenges and special needs of children in foster care. I’ve also worked directly with biological parents, providing them with psycho-education and support through family and relational problems. I am currently conducting ongoing group therapy programs for adolescent girls with a history of sexual abuse. I have also partnered with Katie Fallon of Bridle Paths to co-lead an equine-assisted therapy group for children with emotional/behavioral difficulties and we will be continuing to offer this group and share with the community the many ways in which horses help children who struggle with relationships. My training expands areas such as attachment and trauma, separation and loss, chronic neglect, and sexual and physical abuse. My passion for working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced such issues, has driven me to contribute to positive life changes by using a wide variety of expressive therapies and creative interventions.

The resilience and strength of my clients continues to inspire me, and I feel rewarded on a daily basis when individuals and families who have experienced pain or trauma, have the ability to trust again and allow me to guide them in their recoveries. It is this kind of resiliency that commits me to my profession and the individuals that I serve.

I am originally from the north shore of Massachusetts and was born and raised a Boston sports fan, and an enthusiast of anything New England. I am married, with two baby girls who are my heart and soul.