“I believe that somewhere inside us all we know what we need and how to get it. We all possess an inner life force, urging us to develop and grow. To be alive is to move and change, it is an ongoing process.” Michaela McCarthy
Michaela’s approach to therapy
Michaela McCarthy is Managing Director of The Awareness Centre. She is also a qualified and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor with more than 20 years’ experience. She works in private practice with individuals, couples and groups in Clapham, South London, and will see clients/patients who will benefit from the following support:
- Counselling and psychotherapy.
- Psychosexual and relationship therapy.
- Addiction aftercare.
- Anger Management.
- Clinical supervision for therapists/supervisors and organisations.
Michaela is an integrative practitioner, which means that she has combined many theories of thought and has found her own style of working as a therapist. Above all she believes that the most important part of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist, and that this relational process enables developmental growth and change.
Initially Michaela meets clients for an assessment and if both agree to work together then she will offer the client a further 5 sessions. After the initial six sessions, there is a discussion to review the process of the clinical work and to decide if therapy will continue into a longer-term agreement. She specialises in longer-term therapy for individuals, and works up to one year with couples. Although Michaela has a lot of experience of working with couples supporting them to engage better with communication and intimacy, she values the importance of the couple’s sexuality and creates a safe place for both partners to develop their trust for each other.
Michaela works with clients from the media and public speakers. She will also work more than once a week with clients/patients and will offer up to three sessions per week.
Michaela McCarthy – training and accreditation
Her training has been in cognitive behavioural therapy, existentialism, gestalt, object relations, person-centred, psychodynamic and transactional analysis. Michaela’s current interest is in early attachments, object relations as well as a psychoanalytic approach to therapy.
- Counselling and psychotherapy post graduate advance diploma from The School of Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Whittington Hospital.
- Clinical supervison diploma from the CPPD School of Counselling.
- Diploma in psychosexual and relationship therapy at Regents College.
- Continuing professional development courses on working with anger management, addiction, CBT, couples, sexual abuse and young people.
- MBACP Snr. Accred. (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
- FDAP Accredited (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals).
- UKRCP Registered (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).
- Member of COSRT (College of Sex and Relationship Therapy).
- Member of AHPP (Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners).
Ten years ago Michaela set up The Awareness Centre – the realisation of her desire to create an organisation that would incorporate most of her personal and professional experiences. Her vision is to share her knowledge and make it accessible to all who want to embark on a journey of self-discovery and change. With the support of an experienced and robust team, Michaela has been able to develop each department within The Awareness Centre to a high standard, and they continue to nurture the development of each department and clinic. Michaela believes in creative psychological health to support an individual’s wellbeing and works alongside medical professionals, if needed, to support medication management.
Michaela has worked extensively within the private, voluntary and NHS sector. She has worked in private practice with individuals and couples in Harley Street and Clapham, and has run many therapy and training groups over the years, with different colleagues, as well as managing counselling services throughout London. Her expertise includes:
Addiction aftercare therapy
For clients who have completed a 12-step residential or day treatment programme, working on relapse prevention, 12 steps, relationships, family, inner child issues and structured goals. Clients are encouraged to attend at least three 12-step meetings per week to support their recovery. Michaela works with clients struggling with drug/alcohol abuse, sex addiction, eating disorders and dual diagnosis. She also works with clients who have been in recovery for some time and who want to explore deeper issues.
Anger management therapy
For people who fear their own or other’s anger and are unaware of the difference between anger and rage. The work helps clients understand the process of their feelings. Anger comes from a young place and clients need to feel safe with a therapist to explore their history and early relationships that are played out in their current relationships. At the same time clients can learn the skill of ‘clean anger’ and allow themselves to express and be heard.
Psychosexual and relationship therapy
For people who want to explore their sexuality, with or without a partner. Clients may be individuals looking to find their confidence in expressing their sexuality without feeling guilty or ashamed. Or they may be couples looking to resolve their conflicts and explore a healthy sexual relationship. Most romantic relationships will experience communication difficulties at some point. Sex is sometimes withdrawn because one or the other does not feel safe within the relationship. Michaela works with difficulties such as sex avoidance, which may be a lack of libido, or fear of intimacy – and sexual dysfunction, which may be a developmental block from puberty, or a lack of experience in performing.
Supervision for therapists
Working in the private and voluntary sector, and for teams working within organisations. She is currently the clinical supervisor for The Dystonia Society.
Offering business advice and support to practitioners either setting up or developing their existing private practice.
Michaela was born in the UK, and her heritage is second-generation Irish. As a child she was fascinated by human behaviour and wanted to become a psychiatrist at the age of seven.
Before training as a therapist she worked extensively in business, and describes herself as an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge of corporate enterprise. About 18 years ago Michaela found herself unsatisfied with life and realised that she had somehow lost her direction and passion. Her response was to enter therapy to explore her issues and embark upon a journey of self-discovery, which included eighteen years of individual and group therapy, as well as self-development support groups and spiritual groups. As her values, feelings and frame of reference slowly changed, she became more interested in therapeutic work and enrolled to train in counselling and psychotherapy.
Michaela’s availability and fees
Clinical Working Hours
- Tuesday 7.00am -12.00pm
- Wednesday 7.00am – 9.00am
- Thursday 7.00am – 12.00pm
- Friday 7.00am – 12.00pm
- Therapy – Individuals/Couples. 50mins £100
- Clinical Supervision – Individuals £90
- Clinical Supervision – Groups £50
- Training – Daily Rate £700
- Private Healthcare (Allianz, Aviva, AXA PPP, BUPA, BUPA International, Cigna, Simply Health, Vitality Health, WPA) – 50mins. £130
Michaela McCarthy works with associates at The Awareness Centre (TAC) and if her practice is full then she will refer you to see one of the therapists who work in private practice at The Awareness Centre. Fees £50-£130.