Michael Forrest BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Michael Forrest  BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
Bristol
Somerset
BS6 6JY

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

07470 072342

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The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
Bristol
Somerset
BS6 6JY

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

07470 072342

About me

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 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, anger and bereavement.  I offer short and longer-term work.

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).   I abide by their 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.Daytime &

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

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

My Fee's

I offer an initial meeting for £20, 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

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Daytime & Evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme