Clare O'Mara MBACP, Dip. Couns.
My name is Clare, welcome.
The benefits of counselling can be life changing. Through the therapeutic relationship between Client and Counsellor, change, recovery and healing can take place. I offer a space for you to talk and be heard without being judged.
I am a great believer in the power we have to overcome struggles, pain and conflict so that people can flourish and become the person they truly are, before life happened!
I work from my garden room which is private, comfortable and peaceful. I am trained to use a variety of skills and models such as Person Centred and Psychodynamic Therapies. I also may use different mediums to work with you such as art and imagery.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework which ensures you receive safe and professional therapy. I am fully insured and receive regular supervision of my working practices and continued professional development.
I have worked with clients presenting many different issues including anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement, addictive behaviours, shame, low self-esteem, trauma and abuse.
I was a Foster Carer for 7 years working with adults, children and families with complex physical and emotional needs. I received extensive training in the effects of trauma, attachment disorder, addictions and abuse. I am also experienced and trained in trauma recovery.
My own experiences and difficulties led me to seek change and I was amazed at how much I learnt about myself during my own therapy and how my past had affected me. Therapy enabled me to find my true self and to live my life in a way I never thought possible. Therapy gave me the tools I needed to heal the wounds and thrive.
Alongside my private practice I worked for The Carers Trust (Greenwich) on a voluntary basis working with clients experiencing the impact of caring. A major part of this work was to help clients understand the importance and value of self-care.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Therapeutic Counselling Diploma
- Counselling Theory Level 3
- Counselling Skills Level 2
- Working with Trauma – Christiane Sanderson
- Working with Relational Trauma & Disorganised Attachment – PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
- Mindfulness – Prof Peter Tyler
- Theology and Spirituality Certificate
- The Inner Child
- Mental Health Awareness
- Safeguarding Adult Health and Social Care
- Attachment Theory
- Neuroscience, early trauma and recovery
- Child Protection
- Working with Teenagers
- Legislation (Child Law)
- National Standards for Fostering
- Therapeutic Play and Attachment
- Unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion bereavement and post-natal depression
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Counselling Student Fee: £25
Getting here: Free Parking Available. Alternatively, a short 7 min walk from Sidcup station.
Tea, coffee or water provided
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointment times available