Kerry O’Brien, MS, RN, LCPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Psychiatric Registered Nurse (RN). With over 10 years of experience working at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University as both a therapist and a nurse, she has worked with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and personality disorders. As a therapist, Ms. O’Brien uses evidence-based methods, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and elements of dialectical behavior therapy, (DBT) in her approach to help people improve their condition and the quality of their lives. Trained in both behavior (LCPC) and neurobiology (RN), she has keen insights into interventions that involve concrete ways in which a client’s issue can be improved.
Originally from upstate New York, Ms. O’Brien has traveled the world and volunteered in places like South America, East Africa, Alaska and Northern Ireland. While inspired by the diversity of culture and geography, the interactions and experiences of volunteering shapes the way she approaches challenges and practices mental health. An avid soccer player and marathon runner for over 20 years, she knows the importance of teamwork and setting long term goals. In addition to live music, sports, and travel, Ms. O’Brien enjoys baking – ask her about tips and tricks for cookies!
She completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Georgetown University and the University of Rochester, and completed her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Her experience has exposed her to a variety of mental health challenges with her clients. Ms. O’Brien is currently pursuing her Masters in Nursing at Maryville University to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PNHNP). During that process, Dr. Labellarte will be training her on the uses of specific medications in treating mental health.