Michael  O'Mara

Michael O'Mara

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Rhode Island Not Accepting Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person
Updated April 27, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life stressors
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma
  • Phobias & fears

Professional statement

Michael is a counselor in Providence, RI specializing in the treatment of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, and life stressors.

Michael uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness practices. CBT and ERP are particularly effective for anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder. EMDR is effective for treating trauma as well as other issues such as phobias. Motivational Interviewing helps people make healthy decisions in their lives in a way that helps them find the answers that they already have within themselves.

Michael received his MA and CAGS in Counseling from Rhode Island College. He believes in the importance of finding a good therapist that fits the client's needs and works with the client to ensure the therapy approach is working for them.


Message to clients

My approach is to tailor therapy to the individual, rather than imposing a particular way on them. A lot of people have misconceptions about what therapy is or isn't, and I always encourage clients to ask if they have any questions regarding what therapy will entail or concerns about past experiences with therapy. Unlike with other professionals like lawyers and plumbers, with therapy, your relationship with your therapist is the most important part of the work, and I encourage clients to be open about what is or is not working, and what we can do differently to help you grow.


Specialties

Life stressors - e.g. academic stressors; work stress; mental health issues that are interfering with academics

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. frequent intrusive, unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive, unwanted behavior

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence)

Phobias & fears - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
  • Unicare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Providence practice
355 Hope Street, Suite 4, Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Mental Health Counselor, 2014 - Present
Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic, Evaluator, 2019 - Present
Rhode Island College Department of Counseling, Adjunct Faculty, 2014 - Present
The Providence Center, Clinical Therapist, 2014 - 2015
Gateway Healthcare, Emergency Services Clinician, 2011 - 2015
OCD Research Study, Consultant/Therapist/Coach, 2011 - 2015
Gateway Healthcare, Clinical Specialist, 2012 - 2014

Rhode Island College, CAGS, 2014
Rhode Island College, MA, 2011


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

"Michael is knowledgeable, kind, and great at building relationships that heal."

- Michele Laferte, LMHC • June 2016

Client testimonials

"

The consultation went well. I got a good vibe from Michael and made an appointment to talk with him further.

"
- Zencare client • January 2021
"

Michael reached out very quickly and was personable and sincere.

"
- Zencare client • December 2019