Michael Forrest BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Michael Forrest  BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill

The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street

07470 072342

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The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill

The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street

07470 072342

About me

About Me

I am a Humanistic and Integrative BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist and I have worked with individuals and couples since 2005.

I practice from various places in Bristol including: Westbury-on-Trym, Henleaze, Cotham and Bedminster

I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in trauma, anxiety, depression and bereavement.​

Over 30 Years Mindfulness Practice, Co-Facilitator of Mindfulness Courses for the Devon Recovery Learning Community.

I resolved my own trauma with the support of an eminent professional in this field, as a result this has given me a depth understanding and ability to track others' trauma in the body.

My Approach

I offer a reflective space where I work with acceptance and a non-judgemental attitude, to support you to be with whatever challenges and difficulties you may be facing.

As I orient to stillness, I offer my presence as an anchor to guide you deeper into an awareness of your inner experience. I help you to stay with this and what you meet there (without it taking you into overwhelm), so as to empower you. This may also allow understanding and insight to arise.

I stay present to your emerging needs, in a way that allows you to connect to them more fully and so explore how best to meet them.

I meet you and your issues with empathy and understanding.

I offer short and longer-term work.

I work to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications​

Core Process Psychotherapy - Foundation (1999)

Focusing Skills Certificate (2001)

Certified Trainer in NVC (Nonviolent Communication) (2005)

Advanced Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Counselling (2011)

Embodied Movement and Dance Facilitator, this training included working with shadow, inner child, archetypes, creativity and other forms of expression (2017)

Previous Experience

Theravada Buddhist monk - Thai Forrest Tradition, Mindfulness Training (1988 - 1995)

Co-founder of Floatation and Complementary Health Centre - Exeter (1996 - 1998)​

Facilitator of Trauma Skills Training for Counsellors, Sri Lanka (2005-07)

NHS Psychotherapist for Devon Partnership Trust (2009-11)

Bereavement Counsellor for Rowcroft Hospice (2010-13)

12 Years, Torbay Social Services, Emergency Duty Team (2002-14), providing mediation, conflict resolution and crisis support for families in need and supporting individuals with mental health issues

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


My Fee's

I offer an initial meeting for £10, to give you an opportunity to meet me and see if I am the right person to work with you. Followed by:​

£50 an hour for individuals £65 an hour for couples

Further information

More information available at: www.bristolcounsellingservice.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS6 6JY
Bristol, BS9 3ED

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme