My name is Kelly O’Gara and I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Massachusetts (license # 12240). I received my Master of Art in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University. I also have a certificate in Solution-Focused Brief therapy and additional training on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Prior to starting my private practice, I have worked with children and families as an In-Home Therapist with Aspire Health Alliance. I provided crisis interventions, facilitated family communication strategies, collaborated with schools and other providers, and utilized a strengths-based approach to help stabilize children and adolescents. Additionally, I have worked as an outpatient counselor at Volunteers of America Behavioral Health Services. As an outpatient therapist, I worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples to provide a variety of treatment, including substance use recovery, trauma counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, coaching, career counseling, and solution-focused therapy.
What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?
Solution-focused brief therapy is a client-centered, strengths based approach that focuses on helping clients feel empowered, motivated and in charge of their healing, growth and overall mental health. As a Solution-Focused therapist, I believe that you are the expert of your life. You have a say in how counseling goes and what you want to focus on in session. My role is to be a support and a guide, highlighting your strengths, resources, growth, goals and more. My goal is to help my clients move from problems-based thinking to solution-focused thinking. We will work collaboratively to find coping skills and solutions that will work uniquely for you.
If you are interested in learning more, please send me an email or call (781) 261-1543.