Laurel O'Connor, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Laurel O'Connor, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, California.

About Me


When I was 17 years old I knew I wanted to be a therapist.

As it sometimes does, life took me in other directions. Through various careers I yearned to help others in a more meaningful way.

I returned to graduate school and completed my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the age of 50. My love for people and my passion for this work continues to grow. I am honored to work as a therapist and am truly grateful to my clients for allowing me to join them on their journey. I learn so much from them along the way. My life experience enriches my clinical training and helps me daily in my work and in connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds.

My Journey

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1987 and my Masters in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in 2015, a mere 28 years later. 

I began my clinical training at the Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) where I saw clients of all ages and backgrounds.  I gained significant experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, addiction, co-dependency, life transitions, parenting, interpersonal relationships, life purpose and spiritual inquiry. 

In addition to private practice I also work for AHA!, a local non-profit organization committed to building social and emotional intelligence and providing support to teens. I am part of a team of therapists that provide EDMR and counseling services through our trauma clinic, and I offer individual therapy to teens involved in our after school programs.  I also assist in development and coordinate programs training youth-oriented educators, facilitators and therapists in our evidenced-based AHA! Method.

I am honored to be a volunteer for Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Before I became a therapist, I was a commercial real estate agent, organic farmer/landscape designer and event planner. I have been married for over 25 years and have two young adult children and a yellow lab. I am a cancer survivor. Santa Barbara has been my home for 30 years and I love the outdoor adventures and natural beauty it offers, especially when shared with my family and friends.


©2019 Laurel O’Connor Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #105148
(805) 699-5028
1625 State Street (Private Practice) - 1209 De La Vina Street (AHA!)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101