Michaela Slade MNCS adv.dip.cp, EFP Practitioner

Michaela Slade  MNCS adv.dip.cp, EFP Practitioner



07825 787880 / 07825787880

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07825 787880 / 07825787880

About me

Acc. MNCS. Advanced. Dip.

Life can throw up many difficulties and challenges that can sometimes become overwhelming. I can help you discover new ways to face challenges, manage feelings and embrace life with a renewed understanding.

I offer a supportive and welcoming professional service based on nearly 20 years of experience working with people in a helping role.

I believe in the ability within each individual to find confidence and direction, to learn how to self care and move forward from a place of strength and self awareness.

I am also aware of a need for authentic, organic therapy that facilitates a connection to our natural way of being. To achieve this I can be creative in the therapy and offer opportunities to work in nature where suitable.

I use a confident and empathic approach and demonstrate high ethical values relating to professional conduct, sensitivity, confidentiality and understanding.

I use mindfulness techniques where appropriate as this has been proven to have a positive effect on depression, anxiety, stress etc.
I use an individually discussed and fluid approach with my clients to deal with a variety of issues including,
Panic disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder
Low self esteem
Relationship issues
Self development
Goal setting
Panic attacks
Behavioural difficulties

I come from a person centred viewpoint which accepts, values and appreciates the whole person and seeks not to judge by allowing the client to explore their experiences and feelings from their perspective. The goal underpinning therapy aims toward the client being able to accept, value and appreciate themselves and view life events in a more positive way.
I am not directed by any particular religious practice and welcome clients from all faiths and cultures.
Life is a journey, and I see my role as being an accompanying mentor during part of your journey, to support you and facilitate your exploration of and acceptance of your presenting issues.

Therapy is always adapted to suit the individual or group and always offers the opportunity to build trust as we look at the difficulties and challenges you are facing. I work from a base in Crewkerne on a one to one basis and operate in a respectful and confidential manner, none of your information leaves the privacy of the room except if required by law, and your details are kept secure at all times. I have regular supervision, and am continuously developing my skills to keep up with new information and learning.
I welcome informal telephone discussions before booking.

I also offer Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy which can be very useful for clients who are young and /or find it difficult to talk.
for details see below:

*****No horse experience necessary******

Horse and Soul- Self discovery and healing therapy with horses and nature
Qualified by LEAP.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

How can horses help me?

Equine Facilitated Therapy/Learning is a healing and psychotherapy service which combines Native American Horsemanship skills and Psychotherapy. The work holds a Person Centred and Ecotherapy ethos that also incorporates Reiki energy work, and mindfulness skills to enable the individual or group to develop life changing techniques and profound self- awareness on a psychological and emotional plain.

The many facets of the relationship are used to explore difficult feelings and circumstances that can occur in life.

Being with the horse is a profound experience that will allow you to reflect on your feelings.The horse's temperament is non-judgemental and honest. This openness highlights the emotions and attitudes that require healing and development. In this way it is a direct yet gentle form of therapy, that takes place on a deeper non-communicative level.

I am an accredited by the National Counselling Society, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. I am also qualified by LEAP as an EFP/L practitioner. I also hold a Reiki Practitioner qualification and am a qualified Youth Worker.

I practice Mindfulness, and a developing Ecotherapy awareness, as I am passionate about reconnecting people to nature via a therapeutic relationship with horses, which is developed mindfully and skilfully to resonate on a non-verbal level.

The therapy uses a variety of simple techniques on the ground with the horse, these exercises are designed to explore your innermost feelings without the need for verbal expression; this is often found to be great for young people, or indeed anyone who feels they do not want to, or cannot put into words how they feel.
it works on moderating and managing emotions and feelings which in turn helps to resolve relationship difficulties.
Equine Facilitated Therapy is often as a last intervention, but in reality it should be the first and a lot of money and time would be saved because this really works very quickly.

I am that confident in Equine therapy that I offer taster sessions at a very low cost. Please contact me for details

*****No horse experience necessary*****

EFP offers the opportunity to work with the horses from behind a fence whilst you build your confidence, I as a therapist will ensure safety is addressed at all times.
By challenging a fear or anxiety from within therapy, we are given the opportunity to explore the issues around the anxiety and find a healing way forward.
I and the horses adapt the therapy to each group or individual considering individual needs and challenges.
I use one to one therapy to give opportunity to discuss feelings during the equine therapy.
I also include mindfulness techniques and use nature in therapy as I feel that there is a need for people to reconnect with the healing environment offered by nature.
This therapy is not to be underestimated,
I have witnessed some profound and beautiful changes from the Equine therapy, changes that are otherwise hard to reach and lasting.

I have experience working with young people and find that young people respond well to the horses as young people can find it particularly difficult to verbalise their problems.
In this way, EFP is sometimes used when all else has failed, when talking has just not worked or is too difficult.
Not only do the horses offer an honest reflection to the client but they offer a relationship of trust and respect, which can often be missing from the lives of young people.

I also offer a unique opportunity for families to reconnect using Equine therapy, rebuilding bridges and connections and deepening understanding of each other.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am 37 years of age and have experience that has given me a passion for helping and supporting people who may be experiencing difficulties. I have supported older people and young people in a listening capacity for 15 years. I am qualified to advanced Diploma level in Counselling and psychotherapy and am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, I am also a LEAP qualified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work particularly well with older people, I have a good understanding and empathy with older people, as I have worked with older people for nearly 20 years.
I also have a lot of experience in working with younger people aged 14-25, I spent a lot of time in supported housing for young homeless people and in youth work.


The fee is £40 per hour session, for talking therapy. There are concessional places available in certain circumstances.

The Equine therapy is £55 for a hour or £65 for an hour and a half.
For family Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, prices given on consultation due to the varying ways in which we can work.
Concessions are available in certain circumstances.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be used as single sessions or any number of sessions,
***it can also be used to compliment and aid talking therapy.
The individual assessment and how sessions can be used would be agreed during the initial consultation.

Further information

I honour and value people and am gifted in being able to empathise. I am honest and transparent and accept individuals with a nonjudgemental attitude.
I work creatively to adapt to each individual client; recognising potential, goals and aspiration even in the darkest corners of life, to reconnect people with life and themselves.

Maps & Directions

Yeovil, BA20
Crewkerne, TA18

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Various days and times, please contact to check availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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