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Meet Tracey

Have more joy in life by building
your self-trust and emotional vocabulary

I've spent the past 30 years studying the human body, raising three children, developing healthy personal and professional relationships, and striving to stay connected to my soul while living a full, complex life. 


I also spent decades thinking something was seriously wrong with me. Anxiety ruled my life. Years and thousands of dollars in therapy allowed me to survive and appear successful on the outside, but inside, I was miserable. I spent A LOT of time in my head feeling "not good enough" as a physician, a partner, or a parent. I thought this was just baseline life:  sacrifice and struggle.


It wasn't until I worked with a coach that I realized: the solutions to my problems were inside me. My emotions weren't "problems to be hidden and managed," but rather, messengers from the wisest parts of me, working overtime to protect me.

Learn more about Tracey O'Connell, MD and her journey to sustainable well-being
Certified in Brene Brown's curriculum as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator
Overcome hardship and build resilience with Brene Brown's Rising Strong curriculum
A courage-building program for teens and those who love them

I trained as an integrative health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine Center and completed the Transform Your Health: Write to Heal course with John Evans.


As a die-hard fan of Brené Brown's books and research on shame, worthiness, and vulnerability, I became a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator- (CDWF). I now use her curriculum when I coach clients individually or in groups. I help teens and adults integrate these tools to have more courage to show up more boldly and authentically in everything they do.

Years ago, I attended Colorado University in Boulder (Go Buffs!) and majored in psychology. I did my medical and radiology training at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. For 16 years, I worked in a radiology private practice, spending my days in the dark, stressed-out, with very little human interaction, before pivoting in order to hold competing parts of myself together in a more integrated way.

I've been married to a great guy since 1994 and have 3 phenomenal teen/young adult kids. I love to spend time in nature, read, garden, dance, listen to music and podcasts, and let my dog remind me what really matters. I feel most at home in the natural world.

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