“Life is not a having and getting, but a being and becoming.”
- Matthew Arnold
Therapy can be both rewarding and challenging. The simple act of showing up for yourself not only takes bravery but also grit and a continuous practice of self-compassion. You and I will be team members working toward your goals. As team members, we will establish mutual trust through honesty and authenticity. Together, we will uncover experiences you have had in your past that inform your current thoughts and behaviors, unearth skills you can use to manage your stressors and improve your quality of life, and explore how you can use your own unique being and experiences to support your continued growth. As your therapist, I will teach you tools you can use to allay your worried thoughts and cope with feelings of fear, sadness, and regret. I will also challenge you to overcome barriers while encouraging you to celebrate your successes.
My name is Carly O'Brien-Hart. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I have been working in the field of social work since 2010 and in my field of practice since 2012. I am trained in dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavior therapy. I have a special interest in working with the LGBTQ population and treating symptoms of trauma, and I also have experience working with people who have mood disorders and severe mental illness.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, NH
Master’s in Social Work, University of New Hampshire, 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2010
I have explored many different types of work in my time both in and out of the field of social work. I originally set out to teach French and then discovered the art of working retail during college. This is where I realized my true joy: connecting with people, listening to their stories, and feeling for their experience. I changed major and eventually received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. After completing my master’s degree, I found my first job as an in-home therapist working with youth and families treating social and emotional issues. I traveled to and from my client’s homes and was honored to be welcomed into their lives in such a personal setting. In that capacity, I worked with parents on managing stressors related to parenting, I taught their children communication and coping skills, and I modeled simple and important boundaries to enhance the safety and quality of life within each family. In 2016, having worked with children for several years even through my internships, I decided to explore work with adults and seek out other opportunities for training. I landed at Seacoast Mental Health Center—a well-known community mental health center—where I not only discovered my love of working with adults but was privileged to work alongside an incredible team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and co-workers who helped me hone my skills. I am now excited to establish my practice here at the LifeStance office where I will be working with adults and will also expand my practice to include teenagers 16 years of age and older.