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Michael Hawkins – Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Forres, Morayshire, IV36 1NU
01309 671552 01309 671552 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am dedicated to helping people make those choices that can improve the quality of their life – starting from the inside out.

I have lengthy experience in one to one and Couples counselling, having worked, since 1996, in both a private practice – Healthworks Holistic Healthcare Ltd in Forres – and NHS setting, providing a weekly Counselling clinic at Nairn’s Town and County Hospital. I also work for EAPs and Charities and offer, as well as face to face, Online Counselling – Skype, VSee, emails, and IM Instant Messaging.

Couples Counselling is a special interest of mine.

The cornerstone of my Counselling practice is deep empathic listening and a desire to help empower whoever I work with, anchored in the theory and vision of the person-centred approach. My way of working is both humanistic and transpersonal.

At times it is not easy to deal with overwhelming problems and painful, troubling feelings. The Counselling hour offers a professional, safe, neutral, confidential environment in which to do

As well as helping foster good emotional and mental health Counselling can help us to develop our self-awareness and to understand why we react to certain people and situations in the ways we do. Working with a Counsellor who is non-judgemental enables us to safely explore those areas of our lives where we would like to see changes take place.

Counselling also helps to bring things which are out of, or on the edge of, our awareness into full awareness, which can then be explored in more depth.

Life issues I deal with span the immense range of everyday human experience, from abuse, to wondering what to do, where to go next and the quest for a more fulfilling life.

I have a special interest in Relationship/Couples Counselling and also Online Counselling. Another significant element of my work is supporting those with online Porn Addiction, enabling disclosures. I am particularly inspired by the work of UKCP registered psychotherapist Paula Hall who specialises in sex addiction.

I work within the BACPs Ethical Framework and am required to have monthly Counselling Supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Counselling and have also successfully completed an Advance Training Certificate course in Couple Counselling at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. Couples/relationship Counselling is a special interest of mine.

I have a Diploma in Online Counselling (0CST) too and work through Skype, VSee; emails and IM (Instant Messaging.)

I have ongoing professional development, CPD, and have taken courses and trainings in Mindfulness, among many others, and, where appropriate, bring this, and a meditative approach, to counselling sessions.

Also, I have over 20 years experience in facilitating/leading therapeutic/personal transformation groups and leading conferences on healing and self-development. Not least, I have considerable life experience.

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.


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.


The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


I charge between £40 with some concessionary places. The charity Healthworks Holistic Healthcare Ltd, of which I am a part, offers bursaries for therapy sessions.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students

Healthworks Holistic Health Care Ltd
5 Bank Lane
IV36 1NU

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


I am available Monday to Saturday; last appointment 6.45pm. And during Covid-19 I am more flexible and available to help and support, including Sunday, up 1pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Michael Hawkins – Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Michael Hawkins – Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)