Karen O'Hara Reg. MBACP (Red Tree Therapy)
Hello, I'm Karen, and firstly I'd like to thank you for visiting my page. So you're looking for a counsellor and maybe thinking, 'How do I choose?' Let me summarise my way of working, my experience and my qualifications ...
I'm a Gestalt counsellor, with training in CBT and Person Centred therapy and my approach is encouraging and supportive. I feel very strongly that the relationship I build with my clients is key to their development and my aim will be to make sure that you feel truly heard and understood. I provide a safe space for my clients to heal and I will work with you in a collaborative way, in order to help you feel empowered.
My Gestalt training enables me to work in a holistic way, focusing on your individuality in the here and now. I take into consideration the person you are and the life experiences you have had, and I adapt our sessions to work in a way which suits you best.
Alongside talking therapy, my Gestalt background also means I can offer creative ways of exploration. Some clients find this is an extremely helpful way of expressing their emotions and working through issues. Whichever way we decide to work, I can help you to increase your awareness of blocks and unhelpful patterns, I can guide you through making meaning of painful events or memories and I can support you in finding new ways of living and relating to others.
I have helped clients with a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, relationship difficulties, bereavement, anger issues, identity issues and more. I volunteer for a charitable organisation which supports survivors of sexual and domestic abuse and have experience of helping clients with trauma and PTSD. I am also an LGBTQ+ ally and can offer you non-judgemental support if this is an aspect you would like to discuss. I've previously worked providing pastoral support for young people in a secondary school and also on placement at a youth counselling service.
If want to feel calmer, have healthier relationships, make positive changes, feel more motivated and more able to manage your life, please do get in touch. I am happy to offer a free 30 minute session for you to ask any questions you may have and to decide if we could work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Dip HE Counselling - Humanistic Gestalt (University of Portsmouth)
- Level 3 Certificate - Counselling Skills
- TA 101 course (The Official Introduction to Transactional Analysis)
- BA Hons - Education/Eng (University of Surrey)
In addition to my work with survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, I have worked in a Youth Counselling charity organisation and I have worked in a Pastoral and Safeguarding role in Secondary Education.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
30 minute introductory telephone/zoom/in-person session - free
Adults: 50 minute sessions - £40 per session, or block booking rates - £220 for 6 sessions
11-18 yrs: 40 minute sessions - £30 per session, or block booking rates - £220 for 8 sessions
Counselling Student concession - £30 per session
Currently, I can offer sessions at various times, including early evenings and Saturday mornings.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I have an enhanced DBS Certificate.