Hello and welcome. My name is Moira O'Hara and I have practised as a psychotherapist/counsellor for over eighteen years. Whatever you are struggling with, whether it is a past experience or a problem in the present, counselling and therapy can help. However difficult things might feel at the moment and whatever your goals, with the right support you will find a way to move forward. But, it is important to find a way that is best for you. Take your time to choose the person you want to work with. No single therapeutic approach is right for everyone and no single therapist is right for everyone.
It is my aim to provide an environment where you feel safe and able to talk freely about whatever it is that is troubling you. You will be heard with respect and without judgement. Together we can work towards resolving any issues you have, problems you are facing or reaching goals you have set for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work as an integrative practitioner, mixing different models and approaches to best suit the person I am working with as I have learned through experience that no single model is right for everyone. I have trained in Person-centred counselling (Diploma); Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Advanced Diploma); and EMDR (Level III). Among other theories I have also studied positive psychology, psychodynamic therapy, solution-focussed therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, anger management, compassion focussed therapy and motivational interviewing.
I currently work in private practice but before this I worked in a number of charitable organisations providing therapy to people who had experienced sexual and domestic violence and to individuals with substance-use and addiction issues.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The fee for Counselling and Psychotherapy is £55.00 per hour and for EMDR is £70.00 per hour
I am afraid I am only able to offer daytime appointments at present as evening appointments are fully booked.
Whoever you choose to work with it is important that you feel comfortable, safe and respected. I am accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy as Psychotherapist/Counsellor and by EMDR Europe as an EMDR practitioner and I abide by the BACP code of ethics.