John ODonoghue


About Me

For 25 years I have had the privilege to help people navigate difficult passages in their lives, in a variety of settings. Give yourself credit for reaching out, because a good therapist during these times can make a huge positive difference. In retrospect you may see that ill fortune, suffering and emotional pain helped you grow, and that without these challenges you may not have learned what you needed to progress. As Eckhart Tolle has said, suffering can be your greatest teacher. I did not become a therapist until midlife, and have had my own share of major life changes, transformations, suffering, and loss. These experiences have deepened my empathy and compassion, which I hope to bring to you.

I have learned that creating trust in the therapeutic relationship is a vital part of the process, and like all therapists I am sworn to hold you with unconditional, non-judgmental positive regard. I have earned two Masters Degrees (in Psychology and Counseling Psychology), and hold two licenses – Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Whether you are seeking longer term therapy to illuminate hidden patterns, or solution focused brief therapy for a specific problem, we will tailor our work accordingly to your goals and wishes. I am committed to helping you discover your ability to heal and grow, to listen to your inner wisdom, and find peace, self-acceptance, and self-confidence instead of fear.

I have expertise with relationship struggles of all kinds, including dating, and alternate lifestyles. Addiction is a special interest, having developed a comprehensive alternative addiction treatment program in India suitable for any addiction – alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, polysubstance cocktails, internet addictions, and others. I am open minded and abide by the principles of Harm Reduction. As an EAP counselor, I enjoy helping people with workplace and career issues. Other areas of expertise include grief and loss, blended family issues, stress, coping with the narcissists in your life, mild depression, anxiety, social anxiety, procrastination, guilt, anger, self blame, PTSD, family conflict, highly sensitive people, spirituality (mindfulness) and existential issues.

I wish you all the best in your journey, and should you choose me, I look forward to working with you.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #1114 (Expires: 2019-07-31)

LMFT #40935 (Expires: 2019-11-30)


Written by J.A. on Dec 24, 2018 after counseling with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

John is very responsive to my communications and I have strong trust in his methods. I have enjoyed working with him and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

Written by A.N. on Dec 19, 2018 after counseling with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I’ve only been working with John a short time but he is very easy to talk to and definitely helps.

Written by K.A. on Nov 26, 2018 after counseling with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

John is an amazing listener and offers great advice. In just one counseling session I gained the insights I needed to improve my outlook and move forward after some really difficult times in my life. I would recommend John to anyone who is looking for a trusted confidant and guide.

Written by H.U. on Oct 23, 2018 after counseling with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

He was honest and helped me face the reality of my situation. I appreciate that deeply.

Written by T.O. on Oct 20, 2018 after counseling with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

John is an absolute pleasure to talk to. He helped me get to the bottom of a lot of my problems and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. If you need someone to talk to, John will listen with no judgments. I’m glad BetterHelp made me one of his patients and I feel like I can talk to him about anything.

Written by A.L. on Oct 15, 2018 after counseling with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, and career difficulties

John has a very kind energy and holds open a lot of space for you to talk and be yourself. He has a lot of life experience that informs his compassion and helps him to understand you in an authentic way. He is intuitive and great to talk to about spirituality, existential thoughts, and life journeys. He has very little ego and I wish more counselors were like him!

Written by S.O. on Oct 05, 2018 after counseling with John for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

John O'Donoghue is my 4th counselor since I started about a month ago. I'm picky. He offers good references to check out after a session. He's a good listener. I like that I can ask specific questions such as methods on how to forgive or be compassionate towards others and he will tell me to also remember to be compassionate to myself and it's OK to have boundaries even if it's a loved one or family member. 2 sessions in and I feel a little bit lighter.