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Michaela Slade

A Bit About Me

I am an accredited professional counsellor with a background in the social care sector, which includes, caring for older people in the community, youth work and supporting young homeless people and volunteering in the local night shelter.

I am conscientious and professional, and I love my work. In fact, to me, it’s not work at all. Relating to another is part of the enrichment of life.

I am humanistic and relational in my approach and believe in supporting you as the expert of your own life. I add warmth and appropriate humour alongside deep empathy, understanding and acceptance.

My aim is that you will leave feeling empowered, embodied and have the courage to show up in your own life, to be present, and to experience life more fully.
I work as a room- based counsellor from Brighten Wellbeing in Stoford Near Yeovil, but I also work as a Senior LEAP Equine and nature assisted therapist.

I and the horses work together to provide professional and confidential one to one Equine assisted counselling and psychotherapy based in Long Sutton near Langport. 
I provide a client-centred and horse-centred therapeutic space, from which personal growth and development naturally transpire, the equine and nature therapy is set within the context of beautiful countryside with access to natural woodland.

Michaela works with the horses and the clients to build relationships of trust and reciprocity, which develops resilience and confidence in both the horse and the client; empowering equines, empowering people. 

My Qualifications

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills 2006.

  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2010.

  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychospiritual counselling 2019.

  • Senior LEAP Practitioner Equine facilitated Therapy 2015.

  • Nature assisted Therapy Practitioner 2017.

  • Currently undertaking EQUUSOMA trauma-informed somatic experiencing with Horses programme.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work.

  • Further training has been in:

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction.

  • Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living

  • Trauma and Dissociation.

  • Complex PTSD.

  • OCD and Anxiety.

  • Autism awareness.

  • I am also completing yoga training to introduce trauma-informed yoga practice into therapy.

My Fees

As it is important for the client to feel comfortable with their counsellor, I offer a free initial telephone consultation which allows us to chat and gives you the opportunity to bring any queries about counselling before making a decision.

I provide face to face, online (Skype, Face-Time), e-mail and telephone counselling.


Per hour unless otherwise stated:

  • £45 single counselling session of 50 mins
    £95 for single Equine and nature assisted therapy session of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you feel that you would like a confidential meeting please contact me on 07825787880 or fill in the form at the contact page.

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