John J. O’Neill

Vice President and Director of Clinical Services

Texas" I've learned that change occurs through awareness, motivation, and supportive relationships. "

John has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for over 25 years. He started his career working in student affairs, providing substance use education to fraternities and sororities. He has held leadership positions for almost twenty years at both public and private institutions. He spent five years at MHMRA of Harris County, managing multiple departments in authority clinical services. For the past 13 years, he held multiple positions at The Menninger Clinic. He served as a program director for a professions program and spent seven years as The Director of Addiction Services. Along with his responsibilities at Menninger, he managed the mental health and drug program for The Houston Astros for 12 years. He currently manages the mental health and drug program for the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development Program and for the past 17 years,  taught undergraduate and graduate courses at local colleges.

John has developed and presented more than 75 programs at local and national conferences in such subjects as anxiety and addiction, attachment theory and substance use, family dynamics, motivational enhancement theory, trauma and sexual addiction and has contributed to articles and stories in the Houston Chronicle, Denver Post,  Washington Post, Houston Medical Journal, WebMD, and many other publications. He has also appeared on ESPN, National Public Radio, Fox News, NPR, XM Radio, and KTRH Radio.  John is a licensed clinical social worker, chemical dependency counselor and a certified addiction counselor (sex addiction). John has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University and a Doctor of Education in Behavioral Health Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

John is excited to be part of The Phoenix House team and is eager to build new relationships with clients, staff, and communities. His theoretic foundation centers on attachment theory, stages of change, and motivational enhancement.