Karen O'Hare

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Available for new clients
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Belfast BT6 & Newcastle BT33
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you’re reading this and looking for a counsellor then it’s likely you’re feeling low and in need of support and a listening ear. You may be suffering from anxiety and stress? Perhaps there’s a very difficult situation in your family life?  Life is difficult, and there’s any number of reasons why you may feel overwhelmed at the moment. Talking through issues can be a big jump towards making change in your life.

How can counselling help?

I believe that counselling can make a big difference. When you feel understood and are able to share difficult feelings, many people feel some sense of relief right away. Counselling offers you a space to explore your fears and unload some of your distress. By getting to know yourself better, you may see things in a different light or develop new coping skills. This is easier to do with someone to support, guide and even challenge you. Through this work you can hopefully bring about long lasting positive change.

Finding the right therapist

Finding the right therapist that is a good fit for you is very important. There is lots of evidence that the type of approach of the counsellor (CBT or person centred or psychodynamic to name a few) is much less important than the relationship you form with your therapist. Book in for a chat with a few therapists before you make a decision.

Why me?

I have worked for over ten years as an integrated therapist, which means I take from a range of different approaches and tailor the therapy to your needs. If you come with anxiety then we will be looking at techniques that you can implement straightaway to bring those anxiety levels down. If it’s an addiction, then we’ll work on the addiction itself, and also the issues that lie behind your addiction. Whatever the problem you bring you, can expect to be deeply listened to, and I hope feel understood and less alone.

Book in for a free initial chat with no commitment, to outline what is bringing you to therapy and to ask me any questions you may have. The first session is very much ‘dipping your toe in the water’ after which you can decide whether the fit is right and if you wish to continue. A short intervention would usually require a set of between 6 and 12 sessions. Many people experience a shift in perspective and positive change after only 6 sessions. Longer therapy for more deep seated problems is also available.

Telephone or Online

Until March 2020 I worked exclusively face to face, but lock down required me to move to sessions either by phone or online and I am still working online. The feedback from clients has been positive, many liking the fact that the therapy can take place in the comfort of their own home, and some clients also found it increased their sense of ‘anonymity’ and allowed them to speak more honestly and freely.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework for best practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (hons)
  • PGCE
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills,
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies,
  • FdSC in Counselling
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Asist- suicide prevention course
  • Ascert training

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions £40.

Some clients may be able to avail of concessionary rates.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

At present, I have space on Monday and Tuesdays  

Belfast, Antrim, BT6

Newcastle, BT33

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)