Meet Our Team and Dedicated Mental Health Specialists

At The Awareness Centre, we’re proud to have a team made up of extremely dedicated, experienced mental health and therapy specialists. Our director, Michaela McCarthy, has years of experience within the field, and the whole of the management and TAC Training School Teams also share her passion for helping those in need through professional therapy and counselling. Meet the important members of our team, from the directors to our counselling specialists and clinical supervisors.

Our Directors

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.

Alex Ardizzone

Finance Director

Alex has overall responsibility for the finance team, ensuring cost management for the company. Alex believes that a key function of the finance team is to partner with the business to provide accurate and transparent information which supports the organisation in making decisions and reaching objectives.

Alex has a background in working for large, blue-chip companies, delivering a wide range of finance services. She set up her own accounting practice in 2016 and looks after a diverse variety of clients.

Operations Department

Francesca Brenner

TAC Marylebone Clinical Secretary/PA

Francesca Brenner is the Clinical Secretary/PA for Michaela McCarthy and the Wimpole Street Practice in Marylebone. Francesca 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.

Maria Camacho

Facilities Manager

Maria Camacho is the Facilities Manager and joined in December 2022.

Maria brings a broad experience in facilities management. She has experience of managing hard and soft services across multiple sites to ensure all buildings are maintained within statutory legislation and best practice.

Front of House Department

Clinical Department

NHS Team

Low Cost and Private Therapy Team

Clinical Supervisors

Training School Department

The Tutors

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

Private Therapy Appointment Times At Our London Centres

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

Book an appointment with a private therapist at one of our London clinics today, and make a positive change

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