Michaela Slade MNCS adv.dip. counselling and psychotherapy / EFP Practitioner
GREY MATTERS Listening service based in Crewkerne and Yeovil
I offer free initial appointments so that we can meet, discuss your difficulties and see how you feel about working with me, I feel it's very important that we are both comfortable.
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 use a confident and empathic approach and demonstrate high ethical values relating to professional conduct, sensitivity, confidentiality and understanding.
I have worked with people of all ages and respect the individuality of each person I work with. It's your journey.
Some of the issues I work with are:
Generalised anxiety disorder
Low self esteem
I offer a safe space to clients, to encourage you to talk over and share your difficulties, so that together we may formulate a way through that works for you.
I welcome informal telephone discussions before booking.
I also offer Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
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 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.
*****No horse experience necessary*****
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer therapy for over 65s at a reduced rate
The fee is £45 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.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Various days and times, please contact to check availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|