“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 McCarthy is the Managing Director of The Awareness Centre. She is a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist, Addictions Specialist, Trainer and Clinical Supervisor.
She is MBACP Snr. Accred. (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), FDAP Accredited (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and UKRCP Registered (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).
Michaela is a Member of COSRT (College of Sex and Relationship Therapy), and a Member of AHPP (Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners.)
Michaela was born in the UK and her heritage is second generation Irish. 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. As her values, feelings and frame of reference slowly changed she became more interested in therapeutic work and enrolled on a course to train in counselling and psychotherapy.
Michaela trained as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist at The School of Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Whittington Hospital, as a Clinical Supervisor at CPPD School of Counselling and as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist at Regents College. During her extensive clinical training she completed many courses on working with anger management, addiction, CBT, couples, sexual abuse and young people.
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. 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.
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.
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.
One of those counselling services is Faces in Focus, an organisation that works with young people between the ages of 13 and 25. She developed both the individual and group supervision structure within the organisation to clinically support the counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as, running workshops and courses to support staff members.
Michaela has managed a twelve-step treatment day programme and worked alongside care managers from many local authorities throughout London who support clients with drug and alcohol problems. Michaela also previously clinically supervised the team at The Everyman Project who work with men with anger management and domestic violence issues.
Ten years ago Michaela set up The Awareness Centre – the realisation of her desire to create an organisation which 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 a very experienced and robust team Michaela has been able to develop each department within The Awareness Centre to a very 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 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 and Anger Management. She also provides Clinical Supervision for therapists/supervisors and organisations.
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 6 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. However she tends to specialise more in longer-term therapy and only tends to work 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 couples 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.
Addiction Aftercare Therapy
Michaela offers aftercare to clients who have completed a twelve step residential or day treatment programme either within the UK or overseas. During these sessions clients will work on relapse prevention, twelve steps, relationships, family, inner child issues and structured goals. Clients will be encouraged to attend at least three twelve step meetings per week which will also support their recovery.
Michaela has a special interest in working with clients who are struggling and who are in recovery wanting to address issues of alcohol and drug abuse/dependency, sex addiction and eating disorders also known as ‘disordered eating.’
Michaela also works with dual diagnosis and will refer clients to see a psychiatrist for an assessment and medication management. In addition Michaela works with clients who have been in recovery for some time and who want to explore deeper issues.
Anger Management Therapy
Some people fear their own or other’s anger and are unaware of the difference between anger and rage. Clients who present with anger and/or rage issues need to learn how to 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.
Private Medical Insurance
Michaela is a registered provider of all Healthcare Insurance companies including Allianz, Aviva, AXA PPP, BUPA, BUPA International, Cigna, Pru Health, Simply Health and WPA.
To use your private medical healthcare, you will need a referral from your GP. If you require a psychiatric assessment and medication management then please contact Roger Howells.
Michaela McCarthy works with associates at The Awareness Centre (TAC) and if her practice is full then they can refer you to see one of the therapists who work in private practice at The Awareness Centre.
TAC also offers a Low Cost Counselling Service. Fee structure £15 for people in receipt of benefits, registered disabled, students, receiving working tax credit or state pension or £30-£50 for people on low income.
TAC is also a private healthcare provider for BUPA, BUPA International, AXA PPP, Aviva, Pru Health, Cigna, Simply Health and WPA
Supervision and Consultancy
Michaela provides supervision for therapists working within the private and voluntary sector. She also offers supervision to support teams working within organisations. For further details please click here. She is currently the clinical supervisor for The Nehemiah Project, a registered charity that enables men to break free from addiction and crime.
Michaela works as a consultant offering business advice and support to practitioners either setting up or developing their existing private practice, including updating their business plan. She also works with healthcare organisations supporting the senior staff with business and management development.
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