Welcome to kathleenohara.com :
Kathleen O’Hara, MA, LPC is an author and psychotherapist who specializes in counseling survivors of Violent Death Trauma, including homicide, suicide, drug over-dose, vehicular homicide, war, terrorism, accident or any sudden and unexpected death.
A family survivor of homicide herself, Kathleen O’Hara has become a recognized expert in the field of trauma-informed care, integrating clinical training with first-hand insight into the experiences and needs of family, friends, survivors and those who care for victims of trauma. Since the murder of her son in 1999, Kathleen has counseled thousands of bereaved families and continues her work in group, individual and retreat settings.
Kathleen is a consultant for the Federal Office for Victims of Crime, in the Department of Justice in the USA. She writes a daily blog and maintains a private practice serving victims of trauma as well as transformational therapy for the many other challenges we face in our lives. She has developed innovative, comprehensive trainings for all levels of victim service providers within the criminal justice system in the United States and internationally, as well as victim support non-profits, clergy and therapists.
Her unique perspective as a survivor of a family homicide and a service provider gives her the necessary experience to understand the needs of victims and how to help them. Her expertise helps victim service providers create policy, programs and trainings which will enhance their mission to serve victims in the most caring, compassionate and effective manner possible.
“Immediately after my adult sister and her family were murdered I tried many well-meaning victims’ services and therapists, but their lack of trauma-informed care tipped me from a fragile state into a despondent one. Then I found Kathleen’s book, the only one focused on loss by murder… (She) made me laugh in my darkest hour. I knew then that she got it — she had been there, and had translated the experience into a rare skill to guide survivors with patience, insight and a belief that this nightmare can be, and must be, transformed.”