Mary Jo Mc Veigh BSSC(Hons) MSW is the founder and director of Cara House, Centre for Resilience and Recovery, located in Sydney, Australia. She completed her Honours degree in social science in 1983 and worked in her community of North Belfast before returning to university and completing a Master Degree in Social Work in 1986. She is a trained trauma therapist and an accredited mental health social worker. She has a passion for exploring and studying comprehensive bodies of knowledge incorporating subjects as widely diverse as quantum physics, biology, contemplative and mystic theology to children’s story books, and gardening magazines. She brings this emphasis for diversity of wisdom to her work, creatively utilising it within her counselling practice.

Mary Jo has presented at national and international conferences and published in professional journals on her work. She has written numerous training programs and practitioners manual for social services and charitable organisations in Australia , and published an innovative and beautiful resource called ‘Wrapped in Angels’ and her most recent book Discovering Audacious Love. Mary Jo has been interviewed on Australian and Irish radio and news media about her work and life. She was a NSW Woman of the Year award nominee in 2010 for her work with children and adults traumatised by abuse.

Mary Jo’s love of her work and dedication to service for others is rivalled only by her love for her children and her friends, her dog, the beautiful world we live in and a mouthful of delicious Belgian chocolate. Her unbounding passion for the work and love of people has inspired many in her profession both clients and professionals.

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