Michaela McCarthy

Published on 19/03/2015 by

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Membership Class:Ordinary Registered Member
UKAHPP Member No:500
UKAHPP Register:Registered
Other accreditations:MBACP, FDAP
Other memberships:Senior MBACP Accredited, FDAP Accredited, UKRCP Registered, COSRT Member
Works with:Individuals, Couples, Groups, Families
Working Styles:Face to face, Phone, Skype


Michaela is the Managing Director of The Awareness Centre. She is a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist, Addiction 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 is a registered provider of all Healthcare Insurance companies including, Allianz, Aviva, AXA PPP, BUPA, BUPA International, Cigna, Pru Health, Simply Health, and WPA.


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 work and to decide if therapy will continue into longer-term work. Michaela tends to specialise more in longer-term therapy however only tends to work up to one year with couples. Michaela also works 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 meetings per week which will also support their recovery. Michaela also works with dual diagnosis and will refer clients to see a psychiatrist for medication management. In addition Michaela works with clients who have been in recovery for some time and who wants to explore deeper issues. Michaela also specialises in working Anger Management and work with clients from the Media and Public Speakers.

– Counselling and Psychotherapy

– Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Emotional and Neglect)
– Addiction (Alcohol, Drugs, Food, Sex, Gambling, Co-dependency and other compulsive behaviours)
– Anger
– Anxiety
– Depression
– Domestic Violence
– Dreams
– Dual Diagnoses
– Eating Disorders
– Guilt
– Isolation
– Loss and Bereavement
– Obsession
– Panic Attacks
– Personal Development
– PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Self Esteem
– Self-Harm
– Shame
– Stress
– Suicidal Thoughts
– Trauma (Child and Adult)
– Work related issues

– Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy

– Affairs
– Anorgasmia
– Communication
– Dyspareunia
– Erection Problems
– Gender Identity
– Intimacy
– Loss of Sexual Desire and Libido
– Miscarriage
– Pornography
– Premature Ejaculation
– Rape
– Relationships (including same sex)
– Retarded Ejaculation
– Sex and Love Addiction
– Sexual Abuse
– Sexuality
– Sex After Childbirth
– Vaginismus

– Working Hours
– Tuesday 7am – 12 noon
– Wednesday 7am-1pm
– Thursday 7am – 1pm
– Friday 7am – 1pm

– Fees
– Individuals and Couples, 50 minute session – £90
– Private Health Care £130
– Clinical Supervision Individual £90 Group £50
– Training Daily rate £700

Training, Qualifications and Experience

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.

Practice Addresses


Website: http://www.theawarenesscentre.com

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