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About us

*Fed up with waiting lists?

*Need to be seen quickly

*Feeling on the edge?

I'm offering SINGLE SESSION EQUINE THERAPY to enable individuals to access support and make contact with a professional during these challenging times. (Usual format of long term therapy also available)

The session will provide an opportunity for

*risk assessment and management


*future planning and goal setting

*immediate interventions and coping techniques

*safe connection

*an opportunity to be with horses

Single session therapy can also be used as a personal experience of connection, mindfulness and relaxation with horses, and to learn about oneself.

I work predominantly with ASD, ADD, ADHD, BPD and other neurodivergent clients, particularly people who have experienced trauma and PTSD as part of their neurodivergence, or has experienced a traumatic incident or childhood attachment trauma.

Equine assisted psychotherapy provides safe connection and opportunities to learn how to have autonomy in a neuro typical world.

Room based therapy isn't for everyone and can feel quite intimidating, particularly for clients with ASD/ADHD, Trauma or anxiety. Being outside can feel more comfortable for clients and can also provide a source of tools and ideas to work with and bring into the session

I can provide professional and confidential one to one Equine assisted counselling and psychotherapy based in Long Sutton near Langport. The Heard Therapy is a client-centred and horse-centred therapeutic space set within the context of beautiful countryside with access to natural woodland.

With my team of horses, Reg, Star and Tigger, I can provide a safe and private space from which personal growth and development naturally transpire.

I can combine various techniques and strategies, which can include Mindfulness, Nature Therapy, CBT therapy, integrative therapy, and 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 work with clients aged 8 plus, including adults.

The Heard Therapy specialises 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

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

·         Anxiety

·         OCD

·         Relationships

·         Depression

·         borderline personality disorder

·         addictions

·         behavioural issues

·         additional learning needs.

I have 20 years of experience working in the social care sector, 10 of these as a qualified and professionally accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor.

***The equine therapy does not involve any riding and no horse experience is necessary to benefit from a trusting and meaningful relationship with the horse.

The work involves gentle groundwork exercises and techniques to facilitate connection and a reflective space within which you can process difficulties, thoughts and feelings

The equine and nature therapy can be offered individually or combined, there is also opportunity to work with the horses and nature to develop spiritually.

I am able to work with individuals, adults, children and groups. I offer personal development and team building sessions, couples therapy and family therapy.

Room based counselling is also available.

We also hold peer support groups for therapists

Please contact Michaela Slade MNCS adv.dipcp , Director of The Heard Therapy, using the contact details above.

Training, qualifications & experience

Michaela Slade:

Advanced Diploma in counselling and Psychotherapy

Level 5 in psychotherapeutic counselling

Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work

Senior LEAP practitioner

Reiki Practitioner

Mindfulness MBSR programme

Eco-psychology and rewilding training

Extensive trauma research and training

Aspire Autism training

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

personal development

spiritual development

supported outdoor learning


Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£45 per session room based therapy

£45 per session nature assisted therapy

£65 per 1 hour session for equine and therapy for under 16s

£100 for 90 minute session for adult clients

SINGLE SESSION Equine therapy 3 Hours, including assessment £225. £50 deposit required upon booking, payment plans by agreement, but session must be paid in full by session date

Block bookings recieve a discount

Group bookings receive a discount

When we work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Various appointment times available

group sessions on weekends

The Heard Therapy ltd is also registered with Counselling Directory.

Upton, Langport, Somerset, TA10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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