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The Heard Therapy ltd. MNCS adv.dip.cp

About me

Professional, considerate and confidential one to one room based psychotherapeutic counselling or Equine assisted psychotherapy.  I am client centred and am very empathic towards the needs of my clients, My work with clients is centred around inclusion and acceptance.

I work from a relational perspective and aim to be honest and genuine within the therapeutic relationship.

Client safety and trust are very important to me, as I gently encourage you to talk over and share your difficulties. I believe that you are the expert of your life and that my role is to mentor and assist you as you explore how you might find a way forward, this can involve exploring some difficult feelings, this is always done with empathy and care to not cause you to feel overwhelmed.

I have done transpersonal counselling training and am aware of the work that can happen beyond therapy, how the therapeutic relationship can impact upon you on many levels in a positive way.

I welcome free initial telephone consultations.

I offer trauma and attachment focused therapy and am experienced in a wide range of issues including anxiety disorders and borderline personality disorders. I also have experience of working with LGBTQ clients and autistic clients., particularly those seeking a diagnosis or diagnosed as adults. I also have experience of working with childhood trauma and abuse.

I work very much on the therapeutic relationship and creating a safe connection that can support you as you work though difficult issues in your own time and at your pace.

I can offer a range of skills suited to your individual needs that can help support you and provide you with self management techniques and support independence.

I can combine, from 10 years of extensive training, various techniques and strategies, which can include Mindfulness, Nature Therapy, CBT therapy, integrative therapy, and equine therapy.

I work with clients aged 12 plus, including adults.

Regular sessions are open ended, we work for as long as we need to, or until you decide to stop. The sessions are client centred, and equine therapy sessions are client and horse centred. I also offer single session therapy and therapy retreats.

 ***SINGLE SESSION*** therapy 

I recognise that it takes a lot of consideration and courage to approach the idea of therapy and contact a counsellor.  The current high demand means that people are facing high waiting times whilst managing high risk and high need conditions and situations.

I can offer a single extended session which will enable you to make contact with some support and provide you with a stepping stone into a better future and provide a safety net for those who are high risk.

The sessions will involve

*risk assessment and management

*sign posting where necessary

*immediate intervention and coping strategies

*future planning and goal setting

*space to be seen, heard, valued and understood.


These are held with the horses, within the beautiful Somerset countryside and can involve meditation and connection programmes, Kundalini yoga, Reiki, Mihndfulness, Nature connection and Equine therapy. The retreats are designed to meet your individual needs and can be held for one, or two days. Please contact me for more information

I offer a supportive and welcoming professional service based on nearly 20 years of experience working with people in a helping role and 10 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 specialise in a personally developed approach to meet individual needs, with particular experience in working with:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Complex Trauma
  • Autism and Neurodiversity
  • Autistic and neurodiverse people affected by trauma
  •  LGBTQ
  • Attachment and relationships
  • Eating Disorders
  • Transpersonal and spiritual development and teaching
  • Connection facilitation

From extensive practice and understanding, I also work with a range of issues that can include:

·         Anxiety

·         OCD

·         Relationships

·         Depression

·         borderline personality disorder

·         addictions

·         behavioural issues

·         additional learning needs.

Equine Therapy:

I work with the horses and the clients to build relationships of trust and reciprocity, developing resilience and confidence in both the horse and the client, empowering equines, empowering people. All work is choice based and positive reinforcement based, which teaches patience, emotional regulation, and trust, from shared positive experiences.

I have worked with people of all ages and respect the individuality of each person I work with. It's your journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am 42 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 Level 5 CPCAB Diploma level in Psycho-spiritual 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. I have completed the National Centre for Eating Disorders Practitioner training, EQUUSOMA trauma informed equine interventions, Diploma in Trauma therapy, and Somatic trauma therapy training is ongoing. Im also completing a Kundalini yoga teacher training. 

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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Team building, confidence and self esteem building, spiritual awareness, personal development, attachment and relationships.

Autism and neurodiversity and trauma, as seperate issues, or autistic/neurodiverse people who have been affected by trauma, or who have found their diagnosis and life experience traumatic as a result.

I also am very passionate about working with minority/diverse groups.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The fee is £50 per hour session, for talking therapy. There are concessional places available in certain circumstances.

Single session therapy is a two hour session charged at £100. Deposit required on booking, payment plans by agreement, but session must be paid in full by session date

The Equine therapy is £70 for a hour or £95 for an hour and a half.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be used as single sessions or any number of sessions,

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Online sessions also available various days and times, please contact to check availability.

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.

Michaela Slade is also registered with Counselling Directory.

The Heard Therapy, Woodlands Lane, Isle Abbotts, Somerset, TA3 6RT

Stoford Garage, Newton Road, Stoford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9UW

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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