Michael Forrest

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BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
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Bristol, BS9 3ED
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About me

Working in an embodied and relational way, I offer a safe, empathic space for you to explore anything that may be troubling you - it may be a challenge or difficulty you're currently facing, a feeling of unease and dissatisfaction with your life or the need to come to terms with something from your past.  Over time, I aim to help you develop a greater self-awareness and inner resilience to meet life.  This is based on my experience of working as a therapist with individuals and couples for 20 years, someone who's had 35 years’ mindfulness experience and as a certified trainer in NVC (Nonviolent Communication).

In my work, I integrate the approaches I've been trained in - some of which I first met and received in order to heal my own trauma.  I am now a BACP Accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor.

My Specialisms Include:

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger Issues, Relationship Issues & Relational Dynamics, Couples, Loss & Bereavement, Confidence & Self-Esteem, and Mindfulness.

 I have previously  worked in a Hospice as a Bereavement Counsellor, as well as the NHS supporting individuals with complex trauma.  I also worked for Social Services out-of-hours Emergency Duty Team for 12 years, supporting families in crisis, through conflict resolution and mediation.  

My Approach:

I recognise early life experiences and relationships may have shaped how you see the world.  They can also have a profound impact on your sense of self.   You may have needed to disconnect from your experience at times just to survive emotional pain.  This is a natural way of coping for a time but if left in place permanently can reduce your ability to be spontaneous and fully engage in life.

I have compassion for others who are struggling as I've had a deep therapeutic journey myself.  My presence supports you to meet your challenges.  I recognise it's important to develop inner resources before working with strong emotions that can arise in therapy.  Any resources and skills you develop whilst with me, add to your on-going inner resilience.

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

Advanced Diploma in Relational Supervision (2021 - 2022, Severn Talking Therapy)

Certificate in Relational Therapy (2020 - Relational School of Therapy)

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

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

35 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 - current)

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)

Counsellor for NHS 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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 - £80.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

My Fee's

I offer a half price initial meeting: 

Individuals 50 minutes £60

Couples 60 minutes £80 

Supervison 60 minutes £60

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mon to Wed in person daytime and evenings.

Thursday online daytime. 

Further information

I am registered BUPA counsellor, offering sessions to clients with BUPA membership.

For more information, please visit my website www.embodiedrelationalliving.com

Colibri Centre, Old Bakery, 11a Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3ED

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Michael Forrest
Michael Forrest