Michael Forrest BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Wellspring Healthy Living Centre
The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with individuals and couples, since 2005.
I practice from various centres in Bristol including: Bedminster, Clifton, Cotham and Westbury-on-Trim
I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in trauma, PTSD, bereavement, anxiety and depression.
I am 53 years old and have been involved in personal and professional development for the past 30 years.
My own healing journey brought me into contact with an eminent professional in the field of trauma. This has given me a depth understanding and the ability to track others' trauma in the body.
With acceptance and a non-judgemental attitude, I support you to be with whatever challenges and difficulties you may be facing.
I hold a safe, confidential and empathic space, for you to be heard and met with understanding. This allows you to open up and explore what you need, in order to heal, grow and move forward in your life.
I offer you my presence as an anchor, to guide you deeper into awareness of your own inner experience and support you to connect to the meaning you find there.
I work in an integrative way drawing upon a number of well-known and proven approaches which gives me the flexibility to adapting my approach and pace to your individuals needs.
What underpins the basis of my work, is a person-centred approach. In practice, this means I follow your unfolding journey, respecting your autonomy to choose in each moment what is right for you.
I incorporate the body, as the body holds our emotions, memories, life statements, thoughts and beliefs. Many individuals find that embodied psychotherapy is therefore more successful than previous talking therapies, which may have helped to a degree, but were not able to fully address or resolve their deep-rooted, self-defeating patterns.
I work within the BACP ethical framework for good practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Previous Experience
Theravada Buddhist monk (Mindfulness training) 1988 - 1995
Core Process Psychotherapy - Foundation (1999)
Focusing Skills Certificate (2001)
Certified Trainer in NVC (Nonviolent Communication) 2005
Training counsellors in Sri Lanka in trauma skills (2005 - 2007)
NHS Psychotherapist for Devon Partnership Trust (2009 - 2011)
Bereavement Counsellor for Rowcroft Hospice (2010 - 2013)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Counselling (2011)
12 years Torbay Social Services, Emergency Duty Team, providing mediation, conflict resolution and crisis support for families in need, as well as supporting individuals with mental health issues (2002 - 2014)
30 years mindfulness practice; co-facilitated Mindfulness courses for the Devon Recovery Learning Community
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
My standard fee per 1 hour session is for £45 for individuals and £60 for couples.
I offer a free initial phone call and a follow up meeting of up to an hour for £10, to give you an opportunity to meet me and see if I am the right person to work with you.
If we envisage that we can work together, I usually suggest six sessions followed by a review, so that we can look at if this support is still continuing to meet your needs as the process evolves and goals and expectations can change.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client