Clare O'Mara MBACP, Dip. Couns.
My name is Clare, welcome! Due to Corona Virus(Covid19) I am making some changes to my practice to ensure safety for my clients and to keep myself well so I can continue to support people during this difficult time. I’m offering telephone,video call or text sessions as I am aware some people may not have a private place to talk. This is a worrying time but also a time where we may be able to find new opportunities to make the best of our situation which we can work with in our sessions. Please contact me if you have any further questions or want to talk about how you can find support during the coming months.
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,intrusive thoughts,ocd,self harm,suicidal thoughts and idealisation,loss, bereavement, addictive behaviours, shame, low self-esteem, trauma and abuse and the effects these have on our physical well being.
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
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Students who are training to be a counsellor £35
Session: 50 mins - 1 hr
Getting here: Free Parking Available. Alternatively, a short 7 min walk from Sidcup station.
Tea, coffee or water provided