ARK therapeutic services Michaela Slade MNCS adv.dip.cp
Ark (acts of random kindness) is a therapeutic land based day services organisation set in the beautiful Somerset countryside near Crewkerne and Ilminster.
I work with a team of therapists to offer a one to one, confidential service that is designed for individual clients and considers your personal requirements and circumstances.
The programme is affordable, efficient, effective and personal to you.
As a therapist, I am here to support you and encourage you when life seems dark, lonely and isolating. I hold a safe space of rest and non judgement for you, to help you to move through your challenges at your own pace. To walk with you during a time of pain takes a certain kind of person. I feel it is an honor to be in a therapeutic relationship with you and watch you become empowered as you develop new life skills and self awareness.
I take my work seriously, and value my clients wholeheartedly, I do however, seek to create a relaxing space for you to work from. This can include working outside (weather permitting and engaging with nature, or working with horses, or simply working from a room based setting overlooking the natural landscape beyond Egwood house, we work how you want to work.
This work is my passion, it's who I am. The listener, supporter, carer. I have always felt drawn to helping people, and can naturally hold a warm and understanding space.
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 and 9 years as a professional counsellor
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, which involves building a gentle therapeutic and reflective relationship with a horse. Walk and talk therapy, which is outdoor therapy, it's non direct and more receptive for more self conscious clients who might find room based therapy difficult. Nature therapy, which means using nature's provisions as therapeutic tools as well as exploring a connection with nature in a therapeutic setting. Mindfulness based relaxation therapy, CBT, transpersonal and person centred are the modalities I prefer to use. I have a wide variety of methods and skills available to support you through your journey of self exploration.
Please see the Ark at Egwood website for more details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am 38 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 20 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 senior qualified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and a qualified youth worker. I have also done extensive re-wilding and eco-psychology training and am currently studying level 5 counselling with spirituality.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- 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 problems
- 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
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Equine therapy
- Existential therapy
The fee is £50 per hour session, for talking therapy. There are concessional places available in certain circumstances.
The Equine therapy is £60 for a hour or £70 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.
- Also registered with Counselling Directory
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|