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Mark O'Connell
Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. is a New-York-City-based psychotherapist in private practice. He is the author of the National Indie Excellence book awards finalist “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to… Read more

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Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. is a New-York-City-based psychotherapist in private practice. He is the author of the National Indie Excellence book awards finalist “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings” (Skyhorse, 2014). As a Psychology Today expert, he writes the column Quite Queerly. He is also a frequent HuffPost blogger and has written for Out magazine, among others. His clinical writing has been published by Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Mental Health. For more information, visit his website.
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