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I Seirbhís an Ghrá  |  In Service of Love

Cara House is a privately run consulting organisation that celebrated it's 20 year anniversary in 2018.  Our organisation is dedicated to advocating for the protection and safety of children, utilising our knowledge and experience to enlighten the wider community and inspire those around us.

Cara House is steeped in a rich tradition of connection and hope. The foundation for our practices are human rights and child protection principles that are used to support connection, recovery and healing from oppression of abuse, violence and trauma. 

Cara House honours the belief that children and young people who have experienced abuse are greater than the sum of the abuse they have been subjected to. They are full of potential and their creative sparks are waiting to be ignited by those who care. 

Our guiding principle is that trauma is experienced through the senses, body, mind and spirit therefore, journeys to resilience and recovery are personal and are aided by resources, interests, strengths, relationships and community networks. Sharing this experience and knowledge to enlighten fellow practitioners and workers in the industry is crucial to the values of Cara House.


Cara House was named by Mary-Jo to honour her Irish heritage and it’s ancient way of healing termed ‘Anam Cara.’Tradition holds that an ‘Anam Cara’ was someone to whom you turned to seek guidance, counselling and support. Anam means soul and Cara means friend.

Your Anam Cara attends to all aspects of your being when you seek counsel with them - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. This is a true integration of clinical training and the wisdom from Irish spiritual-cultural heritage…

and so Cara House was named. 

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