Sunnyvale Therapy

Stacy O'Leary, LMFT

California License LMFT40414

As a Sunnyvale therapist, I help people heal from trauma, childhood abuse, anxiety, stress, alcohol abuse, addiction, loss, and grief. I use EMDR therapy, mindfulness therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and guided meditations.

Benefits of Therapy

Therapist in Sunnyvale - Stacy O'Leary, LMFT

Neurobiology (the study of the mind and brain) explains how therapy can help our brains heal and grow. One explanation is that processing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors begins to create more integration in the brain, which leads to more resilience and health. Connecting with a compassionate therapist and feeling seen and understood also seem to benefit brain development.

When people have unresolved issues, they are more likely to react to present situations based on the past. Having a counselor who is truly present with you can make it easier to talk about and work through painful situations and emotions. Once you have resolved past issues, you usually have more options for responding to situations in the present moment and feel less overwhelmed and reactive.

Why Talk to a Therapist Instead of a Friend?

Friends are important too. For some issues, talking to supportive friends is all that is needed. Other times, therapy is more helpful.

A benefit of working with a therapist is that therapists are hopefully objective and unbiased, which is not always the case with friends and family members. I have often been told by clients that it is a relief to talk with me about confusing issues since I am able to listen well and help them explore what they feel and think, instead of telling them what they should do. Sometimes, friends and family members try to be 'helpful' and tell you what they think you should do without truly being able to listen to your concerns.

In addition, therapists have been trained to help people make changes and heal. I use techniques that I believe are very compassionate and effective in helping people make the changes that they want in their lives and heal from past difficulties.

Also, therapy is confidential. Sometimes having that confidentiality is necessary to feel comfortable enough to talk about an issue. If an issue is too difficult to talk about or if you would prefer to maintain your privacy, some therapy techniques require very little talking.

Everyone Can Heal

I strongly believe that everyone can heal and grow. Sometimes in the middle of a painful situation, people can lose hope of the situation ever improving. There is hope, even if the situation feels hopeless. Sometimes, a crisis can be the motivation that we need to make certain changes in our lives. People are amazingly resilient and resourceful!

Looking for a Therapist & How to Find the Right Therapist

You can read my blog post. Finding a Therapist

It is important to find a therapist that feels like the right therapist for you.

Therapy Office in Sunnyvale

My office is in Sunnyvale, California on Wolfe Rd., near El Camino Real (also close to Santa Clara, Cupertino, and Mountain View). Parking is easy; there is a large parking lot.

1021 S. Wolfe Rd., Suite 255
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Directions to Sunnyvale Therapy Office

About Me

I am a therapist/counselor in Sunnyvale, California. I work with adults, teenagers, and children. (LMFT Lic. # LMFT40414)

Please visit my therapy home page for more information about me.

To Schedule an Appointment or Ask Questions

Call me at (650) 429-8224 or email me at to ask any questions you have or set up an appointment. You can also schedule a free phone consultation with me.