Michael Forrest BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Michael Forrest  BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill

The Practice Rooms
226A North Street

07470 072342

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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 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

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I offer an initial meeting for £25, 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

Please visit my website www.bristolcounsellingservice.co.uk for more info.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS6 6JY
Bristol, BS3 1JD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime & Evenings

Types of client

Older adults