Cōlleen O’Brien is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups to take time for themselves as they deal with everyday life.

Cōlleen has over fourteen years experience providing support to:  adolescents, adults, families, social work professionals, community based organizations and community stakeholders.  She is clinically trained in providing therapy and support to people–People including those who are feeling stressed, those who want to make changes, pet owners, animal lovers, and animal care providers around the complex issues of trauma, grief, and loss. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling.  Cōlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion.  A place where you can take time for yourself in the midst of everything else you have going on.

Cōlleen  was born and raised in Michigan with many amazing pets and has been part of the Ypsilanti community for ten years.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University.  She is a state licensed Master Social Worker (MI 6801088299) in both Clinical and Macro practice.


Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAH-ABV)

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)

The Delta Society


Education and Licenses

State of Michigan, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW-680108829)

Masters Degree, Social Work – Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Bachelors Degree, Psychology – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI