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Michael Forrest BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Bristol BS6 & BS9
07958451123 07958451123 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a Humanistic and Integrative, BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist.  I have worked with individuals and couples since 2005.  I have previously worked as a hospice bereavement counsellor as well as an NHS  psychotherapist. I also offer online counselling.

I trained in mindfulness as a Theravada Buddhist monk and I have over 30 years mindfulness practice.  I also certified as a trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 2005 and use this with individuals and groups.

I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in trauma, anxiety, depression and bereavement.  I offer short and longer-term work - the latter allows more time and space for deeper healing of childhood issues.

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, so as to empower you and to allow for 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, understanding and compassion.

Professional Membership

I am an accredited member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, I adhere to their code of ethics and they have a formal route through which complaints can be heard, if they cannot be resolved in the first instance by talking to me - more information is available on their website: www.bacp.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications

Embodied Dance Journey Facilitator (2015-2017, The Dancing Heart Path - Guy Barrington)


Advanced Diploma in Integrative & Humanistic Counselling (2009-11, Dartmoor Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy)


Certified Trainer in Non-Violent Communication (NVC) (2001-05, CNVC.org)


Certificate in Focusing Skills (2001)


Foundation in Core Process Psychotherapy (1998-99, Karuna Institute)


Previous Experience

Over 30 Years Mindfulness Practice, also Co-Facilitator of Mindfulness Courses for Devon Recovery Learning Community (2014)


Trainer in NVC (Nonviolent Communication), working with individuals and small groups (2005 - 2014)


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


Bereavement Counsellor, Rowcroft Hospice - Torquay (2010-13)


NHS Psychotherapist for Devon Partnership Trust - Torquay (2009-11)


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


Co-Founder of Floatation & Complementary Health Centre - Exeter (1996-98)


Buddhist Monk, Thai Forrest Tradition, Mindfulness Training - English Sangha Trust (1988-95)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Dance therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

My Fee's

I offer an initial meeting for £25, 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 £60 an hour for couples


Further information

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

Currently working online via zoom

21 St. Albans Road
Bristol
BS6 7SF

The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol
Somerset
BS9 3ED

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Daytime & Evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Michael Forrest  BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Michael Forrest BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist