Born and raised in North London, I moved to South West London in 1990 and have lived and worked in the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames ever since. Before entering the world of psychotherapy, I worked in education as a teacher and infant/early years specialist for over a decade. I have also taught on two undergraduate courses at Roehampton University.
Prior to establishing my private practice, I worked as a volunteer psychotherapist and counsellor at an NHS surgery in Brixton, a private health centre in Clapham and at the West London Centre for Counselling (WLCC) in Hammersmith. After my accreditation, I also spent four years working for an IAPT service in Hounslow.
Alongside my bachelor’s degree, I possess a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Race and Ethnic Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma (P.G. Dip.) in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I completed an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) in December 2014.
My therapeutic style is open, warm and supportive. As an Existential Psychotherapist, I regard therapy as being a collaborative and exploratory dialogue. It is a dialogue which seeks to illuminate the ways in which we live our lives, the constraints which act upon us, and the often unacknowledged possibilities which lay open to us.
I am a fully registered clinical member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).
David O’Hara MA, UKCP