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
226A North Street
Bedminster
Bristol
BS3 1JD

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

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

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

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Daytime & Evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples