Meet our Team

At The Awareness Centre, we’re proud to have a highly committed and dedicated team who bring their expertise and passion for mental health and wellbeing to their roles. Our founder and managing director, Michaela McCarthy, has years of experience within the counselling and psychotherapy field. She works with her team to develop The Awareness Centre’s thriving therapeutic community.

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Our Director

Michaela McCarthy

Managing Director

Michaela McCarthy is a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, psychosexual & relationship therapist, clinical supervisor and training facilitator/tutor. She set up The Awareness Centre in 2005, offering a safe and confidential counselling and psychotherapy service. She is senior accredited with the BACP.

Michaela has worked as a therapist and as an entrepreneur for over 25 years. Her energy and vision for the company is exceptional. Michaela believes it’s important to create a safe environment for her team, for therapists and for clients to engage and develop professional relationships.

Michaela is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge and therefore continues to teach and supervise students and qualified therapists. She also works in private practice in Clapham.

Michaela continues to develop new projects within TAC, securing more NHS counselling contracts, opening more TAC centres throughout London and developing the TAC Training School to offer courses from more venues across London.

Operations Department

Francesca Brenner


Francesca Brenner is the PA for Michaela McCarthy. She brings a wealth of medical administrative experience gained over 12 years both in the private sector and in GP services.

Francesca demonstrates compassion and empathy and is a strong advocate for a positive mindset towards the mental health sector. She has always had a strong passion to work within the mental health industry and is a senior member of the TAC team.

Front of House Team

NHS Team

Low Cost and Private Therapy Team

Clinical Supervisors

Training School Department

Michaela McCarthy

Michaela McCarthy – Managing Director

Karen Dempsey The Awareness Centre

Karen Dempsey – Faculty Lead and Tutor

Yasmin Kermali

Yasmin Kermali – Operations Lead

Michelle Pereira

Michelle Pereira – Training School Coordinator

Karla Puertas Acosta

Karla Puertas – Training School Administrator

The Tutors

Finance Department

Our private counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are all either members or accredited with one or more of the following professional bodies:

 Appointment Times

Monday – Thursday

7.00am – 10.00pm


7.00am – 9.00pm


9.00am – 5.30pm


10.00am – 2.00pm

Front of House Team

Monday – Thursday

9.00am – 6.30pm


9.00am – 9.00pm


9.00am – 2.00pm


9.00am – 2.00pm

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