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About me

Hello my name is Michael, I am an experienced integrative therapist that is able to provide affordable counselling.

I have been working with people for over 21 years in a variety of roles including professional counsellor, student mentor, community sports coach, mentor and youth worker. In addition to working with private clients, I have provided counselling in a range of settings including a doctor’s surgery, prisons, probation offices and schools.

I have worked with a wide range of clients from all backgrounds to support overcoming a number of personal difficulties including: anxiety, stress, depression, addictions, bereavements and other negative emotions that they may be experiencing.

As an Integrative therapist I draw on a range of therapeutic traditions including; EMDR, CBT, Person Centred, Solution Focused and Psychodynamic approaches. I provide a warm, non-judgemental space for people to talk and reflect on their experiences and explore new ways of thinking/being.

I am of the firm belief that some good work can be done in a short number of sessions and would aim to help you to achieve some insight in to difficulties that you may be experiencing in 4-8 sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling which is accredited by the BACP and a CPCAB Introduction to Counselling Skills Course diploma from Morley College. I have provided a highly evaluated  counselling  service in a range of settings including a doctors surgery, a maximum security prison and in schools.

I have completed a range of additional courses including EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing), SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) and Trauma informed mental health support and consistently use these new approaches to support clients that I work with.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Black masculinity
  • Black family relationships
  • Forming a healthy racial identity
  • Managing racism
  • Adolescent development

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Fees

Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial 50 minute counselling assessments are £65 -£120

Each 50 minute counselling session thereafter costs £65 - £120

I am able to offer concessions for students and those on limited incomes.

Contact me for further details.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

My availability throughout the week are:
Monday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 8:00pm

Further information

I am also a walking therapist, believing that movement in nature can be therapeutic.

Walk and Talk therapy aims to provide an alternate experience for you, whereby you can physically interact with the material you bring to a session.

How does it work?

Our initial meeting would be at a local outside space mutually agreed for an assessment interview. The initial assessment gives us both an opportunity to see if we can work together in this way and outline the key themes you would like to address.

The following meetings would be held in a park or quiet area near to my counselling space or at a mutually agreed point in S.E. or Central London. We would then have 50 minutes to walk and talk, looking at the concerns you would like to work on.

The route would be largely unplanned, we would collaboratively agree; the pace, where to go and when to take a break to stop, sit or stand to reflect on points brought up in the walk and talk session. The route would be circuitous or toward a mutually agreed end point.

The cost of a walk and talk session is dependent on the time of the engagement and distance from my counselling space. A local Lee walk and talk therapy session would cost from £80 -£120

The length of a walk and talk therapy session is 50 mins. I contract appointments in 4 week blocks including assessment.

My hours of work are reasonably flexible, but I prefer meeting during the daytime or early evening to maximise the experience of walking in nature in a park setting.

I’ve been drawn to this way of working as a therapist through a number of important experiences I’ve had in my working life. For 4 years I supported young people in taking up the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Walking in the hills of mid Wales, the South Downs, The Lake and Peak Districts often had me feeling creative hopeful and happy.

I like to work creatively whenever possible and believe that Walk and Talk therapy offers clients both physical and emotional benefits.

'But the Beauty is in the walking -- we are betrayed by destinations' Gwyn Thomas

25 St. Winifred Road
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 4BW

25 St. Winifred Road
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 4BW

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision available.

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Michael Opoku-Forfieh

Michael Opoku-Forfieh