Michael  O'Mara
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Michael O'Mara

He/Him/His

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Rhode Island, Massachusetts Not Accepting Online

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Rhode Island and Massachusetts therapists on Zencare.

Updated February 23, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias & fears
  • Life stressors

Professional statement

Michael is a counselor who provides counseling and psychotherapy to help individual adults in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with a variety of issues including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, life stressors, and emotional issues.

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

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, and environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence).

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

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

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO
  • Boston College Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Brown University Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Rhode Island College Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • Rhode Island School of Design Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • Roger Williams University Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator)
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $165 (50min)
  • Initial session: $220 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Unfortunately I am unable to accept MassHealth plans or individuals with Medicare at this time.


Location(s)

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 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
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 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Private Practice, Mental Health Counselor, 2014 - Present
Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic, Evaluator, 2019 - Present
Rhode Island College Department of Counseling, Adjunct Faculty, 2014 - 2021
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


Licensure

Rhode Island: MHC00626

Massachusetts: LMHC11884


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