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Kathleen O'Hara

Family Business Advisor, Author & Psychotherapist

Palm Springs, CA, US | London, UK

Palm Springs, CA, US | London, UK
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Kathleen O'Hara’s Biography

As a prominent Family Business Advisor, Kathleen provides individuals, families and Family Offices with innovative and strategic solutions for dealing with the complex challenges of living in the 21st century. As well as working with the next generation to navigate the different challenges they face, she also offers her services for relationships, difficult family dynamics, life cycle changes, building resilience, managing executive stress, traumatic grief, anxiety and substance dependency.

With over 28 years' experience as a psychotherapist, Kathleen has developed her own unique approach, enabling her to serve the needs of Family Offices, recognizing the extra pressures of wealth and business on the family’s dynamics and structure. Kathleen founded IHS, Integral Health Services, centered around the development and maintenance of an integrated approach to health and wellness for families. She is a founding principal of Drayson Mews, a consultancy that specializes in treatment options for families requiring assistance in addressing mental health and wellbeing issues.

She is a renowned author, garnering praise for her book A Grief Like No Other, an invaluable resource detailing how to navigate the sudden loss of a loved one and the challenges this presents. Kathleen has also been entrusted by Family Offices, to help following the death of the founder, family member or principal. She has guested on numerous panels, lending her wisdom and insights on issues impacting family offices, whilst heading roundtables on behalf of Campden Wealth.

Through her advocacy work, she has helped Victim Support Organizations in the US, Europe, the UK, Russia and Asia, helping to shape policy and programs. She is a consultant for the Federal Office for Victims of Crime in the US Department of Justice.

She has a global practice, working with clients in London, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US and understands the value of cultural traditions and beliefs in her work.

Kathleen’s Newsfeed

Campden Wealth
How To Cope With A Sudden Death In The Family Business

In an article written for Campden Wealth, Kathleen O'Hara, MA LPC, Psychotherapist, Author and Family Business Consultant, writes on the topic of how to deal with sudden death in the family business.

WHYY
With this Thanksgiving comes a sad first for many families: Lost loved ones

In this article, Kathleen O'Hara talks about how the Coronavirus pandemic has caused ‘grief on steroids’. She explains that “There is fear around the disease itself, how it could have happened. There’s the fear of the unknown. There’s also the quickness of it: No warning, things like that. So it’s grief, but there’s a trauma component to it.”

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Kathleen’s Background

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Kathleen O'Hara, MA LPC
Founder of Integral Health Services LLC
Apr 1993 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Kathleen O'Hara, MA LPC works predominantly with family offices, individuals & high-level executives globally. She helps her clients with trauma, family dynamics, conflict, communication, stress management & other related issues. She founded IHS to provide an integrated approach to health and well-being for her clients. She offers a variety of resources through her company to address their needs.
Drayson Mews
Founding Principal & Practitioner
London, UK
Kathleen is a founding principal of Drayson Mews, which was founded to address the complexity of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues that families and individuals of status face. With over five decades of combined experience, Drayson Mews helps some of the world’s most high-profile individuals address these issues using successful treatment strategies, discreetly and effectively.

Kathleen’s Gallery

Advisory Roles

Qineticare
Head of Mental & Emotional Wellness
2018 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
Qineticare is a unique service that enables families to achieve longevity and generational continuity by empowering them to manage, protect and improve their health and wellbeing.
Apiary Life
Hive Member
Jan 2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Apiary Life is a leading life crisis consultancy that specializes in providing employee-sponsored life crisis support. As a Hive Member, Kathleen helps Apiary clients, predominantly senior executives, employees, and high-net-worth individuals, deal with difficult life events, including divorce, serious illness, or bereavement.
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Media

Widemindedness with Victoria Ball
Podcast
May 2020
Kathleen O'Hara was invited to join Victoria Bell's Widemindedness podcast. They explore the limitless ways of living, thinking, as well as making sense of the world.
From Tragedy To Transformation | Part 1
Interviewee
Jul 2014
London, UK
Kathleen talks to Rasheed Ogunlaru about her journey as a psychotherapist and her work in helping people transform. She also touches on her own trauma and the tragic loss of her son which led to her writing ‘A Grief Like No Other, Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love’.
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Accreditation

Board of Psychology - Pennsylvania Department of State
Psychotherapy License
Harrisburg, PA, USA
Kathleen is certified to practise psychotherapy in the state of Pennsylvania in the US.

Publications

A Grief Like No Other, Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love
Author
Apr 2006
New York, NY, USA
Published by Perseus in 2006, Kathleen takes the reader through a seven-stage journey to support those surviving the violent death of a loved one. She offers practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe progress through this difficult journey.
Building Resilience: The Eight Human Qualities
Author
Palm Springs, CA, USA
In this publication she wrote for Qineticare during the coronavirus pandemic, Kathleen explores the 8 human qualities, Courage, Hope, Faith/Spirituality, Optimism, Humor, Patience, Joy and Compassion.

Speaking Engagements

United Nations | Inaugural International Day for Women and Girls in Science
Speaker
New York, NY, USA
The UN Inaugural International Day for Women and Girls in Science is an initiative sponsored and created by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust under the direction of HRH Dr. Nisreen El Hashemite, executive director of RASIT. In 2016, Kathleen spoke about ‘The Global Mental Health of Women and Girls’ and in 2017, she spoke about ‘Media Stereotypes of Women and Girls in Science’.
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Campden Wealth | European Family Office Conference
Speaker
Palm Springs, CA, USA
Kathleen spoke at the European Family Office Conference for Campden Wealth in London in 2016, 2018 and online in 2021.
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Press Releases

Modern Family: How ‘Blended Families’ and Family Businesses Mix
Featured
Apr 2017
London, UK
Kathleen is featured in the Campden article titled ‘Modern Family: How ‘Blended Families’ and Family Businesses Mix’ and says “The psychological and emotional impact of trying to assimilate very different elements into a new family system has to be recognized…in order to really blend and create a good family structure, careful attention has to be paid to these different elements.“

Kathleen’s Education

The California Institute of Integral Studies
Psychology (Somatics), Gratuate of 1989
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Antioch University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate of 1993

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