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Why I do what I do

Most Mickel Therapists have a recovery story to tell; most have been very ill with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia, have been through the process of Mickel Therapy, recovered their health and their lives through it and then trained to become therapists in order to help others to do the same.

Since I am different, I am often asked why I became a Mickel Therapist. I have never suffered from these conditions…but my Mum did.

My Mum had ME and Fibromyalgia and IBS and, what seemed like, every single physical symptom ever linked to these conditions. She was largely bed-bound for long periods of time, registered disabled, medically retired and had to be pushed in a wheelchair any time she was able to get out of the house for a while.

I spent most of my teenage years caring for her, with the help of my brother when he wasn’t away at university. It was a difficult time because watching someone you love suffer, day in day out, is heartbreaking. I felt completely helpless. I wasn’t helpless – I did plenty to help; for the most part, I did the housework, took care of meals, made endless cups of Earl Grey tea, helped her get dressed, took her shopping, and generally did whatever she needed as much as I could.

But I still felt helpless. Because, no matter how much soup I made her, how many cups of tea I brought her, how many gifts and cards I gave her, to try and bring some joy into her life, how many times a day I asked her if there was anything she needed, or how many things I did so she wouldn’t have to struggle to do or hurt herself doing, I couldn’t take her pain away. I couldn’t relieve her of her many symptoms. I watched her struggle through every day for years and struggle through the frustration of having to struggle through every day.

And, as far as I, or she – or anybody – seemed to know, at that time, there was nothing that was going to take this away or make it any better. She was prescribed a horrendous cocktail of medicine to take every day but none of it appeared to ease any of it. So, no matter what I did for her, it wasn’t good enough to ease her suffering and I continued to feel helpless.

I loved my Mum, dearly, but her partner had been living with us for a few years and I was desperately unhappy at home, so I left at the age of 18 to go to college and study music. I went from there, with my then partner, down South where I went to university and found work after graduating. Despite frequent visits back during this time, I felt very distant from my home life and family. I had a new set of issues to deal with in my adult life which, I guess, was my main focus at the time.

So, when my Mum tried Mickel Therapy, I knew little of it; I only knew she had started a new type of therapy that involved her having to be honest about her emotions and that it seemed to be making a huge difference to her after only a couple of sessions. I don’t remember being aware, at the time, that she couldn’t continue because she couldn’t afford any more sessions and her partner (who was now her husband) refused to pay for them. I just remember that, instead of continuing to get better, she developed stomach cancer and was gone a couple of years later.

I realised something when she was in the hospice in the couple of weeks before she passed; I realised that she wouldn’t be there if certain things had been different. I suddenly saw the effect certain people had on her and how much they drained her energy.

She had had a traumatic childhood and a difficult adult life. She was not happy. She tried to be but it was as if she didn’t know how, or didn’t have the confidence or support to make certain changes; changes she would have had to make to regain any of her emotional and, by extension, physical health.

I recognised myself in her, at that time, and it scared me. I started to recognise I had fallen into similar patterns and there was someone in my life who was draining me the same way my mum had been drained.

When you watch your Mum die at the age of 57 and you suddenly realise you’re on a similar path and headed the same way, it makes you sit up and pay attention. It makes you question whether you have so little self-worth that you are going to keep yourself in a miserable situation until you also die too young or if you are going to help make your Mum’s life and death mean something.

Was I going to let her die in vain by letting the cycle repeat itself? Was I going to ignore the way she brought me up and everything she taught me? Was I going to ignore all the signs shown to me as I watched her on her deathbed? Was I going to pretend I didn’t have all of her strength and the knowledge, wisdom, ability and will to change the course of my life? Was I hell.

I dramatically changed the direction of my life shortly after my Mum passed away. I left my partner and moved back up to Scotland to be near friends and family again. I started being true to myself. I became me and spent some time getting to know me and accepting me for who I am. I found a wonderful partner and a new direction, career-wise. I decided I wanted to help people and, so, started on a path to become a Counsellor. While on this path, my brother mentioned Mickel Therapy to me; he said I should look into it as he thought I could help a lot of people. I didn’t know what it was but when he told me it was the treatment for ME that my Mum had started, my interest was peaked.

I wasn’t able to help my Mum recover as I didn’t know how, but here was my chance to learn how to help others recover. I looked into it and jumped at the chance to do the training. After starting to practise as a Mickel Therapist, I realised that was where my passion lay and I left my Counselling training behind.

Starting from scratch in private practise and trying to build a reputation and client base is not an easy road, but the difference I have already started to make to people, and the knowledge that I can, and will, help more people avoid further and needless suffering makes it all worth it to me.

If you would like to get in touch with me, you can do so by emailing, or visiting my website, or my Facebook page



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Journey out of symptoms by Clare Caldwell 

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I had to try for myself and I never looked back

When I met Angela Wilson I was in a very dark place, I had post-natal depression, I was grieving for the loss of my mum, I felt very disconnected from the rest of the world (ie my husband, daughter and friends) and I had simply lost the will to live.   Luckily there was a little part of me that knew I could do something to be happy again.

I had previously tried a couple of different therapies but I found that they didn’t really go to the core of the problem.   A friend of mine had mentioned Angela several times before and how she had changed her life.   I had to try for myself and I never looked back.

Angela is the sweetest person, very caring and extremely sensitive yet thorough and professional.   Angela gave me a solid guidance throughout the process and she had faith in me, she told me I would be happy again in a matter of a few weeks and so I was after 7 sessions.   I completed my Mickel therapy a few months ago and I am still happy!   I recommend Angela and Mickel Therapy to everyone!


October 2017

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“What I have learnt through having M.E/CFS and through doing Mickel therapy will serve me for the rest of my life.”


I began getting increasingly exhausted in my final year of university, from September 2015. Over a few months it steadily increased from ‘more tired than usual’ to struggling to walk the usual 15 minute journey to uni. A nasty bout of flu knocked me down further in December I became hardly able to leave my flat, let alone meet university deadlines.

Despite being a keen student who loves studying, I decided to take the risk of dropping out from my studies for a year. Any simple task was a huge battle and I couldn’t look after myself. I retreated to my parent’s home for a year of rest in January 2016. But my symptoms didn’t disappear.

My body was weak, and my mind constantly foggy. I struggled to concentrate: reading books or having conversations with people would leave me with brain fog – which sometimes became painful headaches. I forgot words as I spoke. When watching TV, I would have to watch in 10 minute chunks, or I would get too mentally and physically exhausted. Sometimes my legs and arms would ache, sometimes my hands would tremble with weakness.

The turning point came when I tried Mickel therapy in April 2016. After seeing the therapy recommended in a book of recovery stories from CFS/M.E., I got in contact with therapist Angela Wilson, who was able to help me via Skype sessions. She taught me the principles of Mickel therapy, explaining that my symptoms were linked to emotional triggers. This was confusing to me at first, but I soon learnt that there were unresolved emotional triggers in my life situation which were the underlying causes of my chronic fatigue. I was taught how to apply measures to overcome these triggers, and I began to ‘get it’ after my second session. After being nearly completely housebound I began confidently going out and about – spending a day shopping, going for walks, and stepping out of my comfort zone. Within the next few months, I gently began stepping out even more – travelling on my own, and taking a gentle part time job.

In October 2016, I moved back to my university city and I restarted my full time studies in January 2017. I graduated in July 2017 with a first class degree, top of the class!

I can confidently say that this would never have happened without Mickel therapy. With understanding and spirit, Angela gradually encouraged me back to health, and what I have learnt through having M.E/CFS and through doing Mickel therapy will serve me for the rest of my life. I know how to manage triggers and be kind to my health now, and that is invaluable.

Your emotional, physical and mental wellbeing is precious, and worth protecting. I am so grateful to Angela and to those who have developed Mickel therapy for helping me recover from M.E.!


August 2017






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I survived M.E. now I’m thriving.

Saul Levitt, Mickel Therapist






Advanced Mickel Therapist and Trainer

2006 seems like a long time ago. I guess it is!

That’s the year I fully recovered from M.E.

Let’s back up a little…..

In the late 90s while studying a degree in Marketing at Plymouth University, I was struck down with a horrendous bout of the flu. It meant I couldn’t return to university for over a month.

I remember my first day back at university, everyone excited to see me and welcoming me back and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed. I had to drag myself around with zero energy, the lights in the student common room hurt to look at and I felt dizzy.

Things didn’t get much better for the next few years. I developed food intolerances, couldn’t drink alcohol, had excruciating muscle pains, stomach problem…I could go on and on.

Now, I was never someone that found studying that easy, possibly as I have dyslexia but trying to study for a full on degree while experiencing the effects of M.E. was nearly impossible.

I, as so many others do, tried all sorts of things to get better. I particularly remember my housemates disgust at the smell of me boiling herbs having tried Chinese medicine…let’s just say the taste was less than great.

A few other things I tried: Osteopathy which relieved my aches to some extend but they would have returned by the end of the session, counselling, naturopathy, antidepressants…the list goes on.

Some how I managed to push through to get my degree (a 2:2) and even go on to get a job, meanwhile still struggling with multiple symptoms.

Some years later, looking for a move in career and something different, I decided to travel to Australia for a year. This is something I’d always wanted to do but was pretty daunting given my illness, even though I was somewhat improved by this point.

Anyhow, I went ahead with it and unlike my usual approach to travelling, went without a plan, other than knowing I was staying with some friends on my arrival.

Now I won’t bore you with my tales of travelling but sometime into my stay my sister back home told me of a friend of hers who had got better using Mickel Therapy.

I immediately looked up the website, downloaded the eBook and devoured it. Unlike so many other treatments I tried, there was something about this that connected and clicked with ‘M.E.’

At this time (2006), there weren’t any Mickel Therapists in Australia but there was training in a months time in New Zealand to become a Mickel Therapist Practitioner and something told me that I had to do it.

I applied and after an interview with accepted onto the training and the rest as they say is history.

I remember on the last day of the training having a beer with the other trainees (something I wasn’t able to do during my illness) and feeling fine, so much of my energy was already returning and over the coming weeks and months things continued in this direction, so much so that I thought I’d share a list of a few things I’ve achieved since my recovery:

  • Cycled 65 miles from London to Brighton

  • I have two children both under the age of 5 (neither of which are great sleepers!)

  • Skydived, bungee jumped and everything in between

  • Helped other people like myself around the world also struggling with M.E.

  • Held an art exhibition jointly with my wife and sister

  • Enjoyed simple things like watching a movie without feeling exhausted or in pain

I’m not sure what’s next on my wish list but I know helping anyone I can who’s gone through something similar or worse is part of it.

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March 2017

I had been suffering from symptoms of anxiety for 10 years and I felt 
completely helpless. I heard of Mickle Therapy and the recommendation 
of Fiona Watson. I honestly did not think that the therapy would work 
but I was at rock bottom and desperate to try anything to help myself.
I was unsure how effective the therapy would be over Skype, but Fiona 
immediately put me at ease. She was very professional and open.
I had 5 sessions over 3 months and from the second session I could 
clearly see an improvement in reducing the feelings of anxiety.
The symptoms of anxiety are now gone and I am very grateful for Fiona’s 

JP, United Kingdom

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I can honestly say that it was the best money that I have ever spent on myself.

I did the Mickel Therapy after a friend who had ME had extremely positive results.   Two years on that friend is still free of ME symptoms and leads a far more active life than she did before.   Personally, I had not been diagnosed with anything, but after a period of two years of living under high stress levels and numerous visits to the doctors, I was gradually coming to feel that my body and mind were being slowly drained of energy and passion for life – things that I always had in abundance.   Angela Wilson, my Mickel Therapist, tailored the sessions to my needs and I can honestly say that it was the best money that I have ever spent on myself.   Not only did my tiredness and aches disappear, but the therapy has given me clarity of mind, determination and confidence in many aspects of my life that I used to struggle with.   In an ideal world this type of therapy would be made available for all.


Rachel Mason

January 2017


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Mickel Therapy has certainly helped me and other people I know


As a sufferer of Crohn’s disease I have noticed a very strong correlation between stress and my symptoms increasing big time.   Almost every time I have had constant stress for long periods of time my Crohn’s symptoms have begun creeping up on me.   My therapist Angela Wilson has helped me to make more appropriate responses to my emotions using the process of Mickel Therapy.   I hope any autoimmune related illness sufferer will seriously consider this as an option in helping them get rid of their symptoms.   It has certainly helped me and other people I know.


Laurence  (aged 16)




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