Michaela Bisogno - MBACP Reg; Adv Dip Counselling; BA Soc Anthropology

Michaela Bisogno  - MBACP Reg; Adv Dip Counselling; BA Soc Anthropology

Therapeutic Counselling
181c Barrack Road
BH23 2AR

Manor Therapy Rooms
43 Browning Avenue

07508 434225

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About me

With 20 years experience of supporting adults, children and young people, through their most challenging times, I offer a warm, confidential, professional, safe and supportive emotional space in which to explore ways through the trials and tribulations that life hurls at us at times. I have counselling practices in Bournemouth and Christchurch, but also offer outdoor nature-based therapy at Hengistbury Head and Lytchett Matravers.

Getting started with counselling can often be the hardest part of the therapeutic journey, so I offer an initial free half hour consultation, in which to explore a little about what is going on for you, any questions you have, and to provide the opportunity to see if working with me is the right approach for you. We can then arrange weekly or fortnightly appointments. Initial sessions are available by phone, Skype or therapy rooms in Christchurch and Bournemouth.

I believe that no matter how lost you feel, you are still your own expert, and with sufficient empathy, attention and time, you can start to make sense of, and find meaning in, events and feelings which may have become overwhelming. I provide support and encouragement to facilitate the cultivation of our best selves and relationships. By working with and identifying each persons self-knowledge, strengths and courage, as well as difficulties, we are able to restore optimism, emotional balance and improved well-being.

My approach is fundamentally Person-Centred, but integrates Existential, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Solution Focused and CBT elements; and where useful and desirable uses creative methods. I am a holistic practitioner, with the quality and depth of the therapeutic relationship at the heart of my services.

Cultivate Counselling Ecotherapy offers outdoor nature-based counselling at Hengistbury Head; and Neddy Green in Lytchett Matravers. Nature and walking in the outdoors can help us to connect more with ourselves, using nature as a 'co-counsellor' to help work through challenging feelings and restore emotional well-being. It is inspired by my own experience of the replenishing powers of nature, and also a growing bank of evidence, demonstrating the positive impact of spending time in nature and outdoor activity on our mental, as well as physical health.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Dip Integrative Counselling (BACP); BACP no: 384654
  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling;
  • BA (Hons) Social Anthropology;
  • DipHE Youth & Community;
  • Dip Connexions PA;
  • Cert Connexions Supervision
  • Relevant Continuous Professional Development training:
  • Nature-based Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Mosaic Conference – Being Mindful of Grieving Children
  • Child Protection – Level 3
  • Promoting Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing in Young People
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Safeguarding training
  • Drug Awareness       
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Building resilience-Working with children of parents Who misuse alcohol
  • Children’s Violence to Parents
  • Protective Behaviours Workshop
  • Foundation to Solihull Approach
  • ELSA trained

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Young People's Counselling

Ecotherapy - outdoor nature-based counselling


Individual Counselling is £40 per hour

Ecotherapy is £35 per hour

Concessions available for Counselling trainees/students; and those working in the Public Sector - Health, Education and Housing

Further information

I have considerable experience of working with Young People, as well as adults, so offer counselling for individuals aged 13+ years of age.

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate which is updated regularly.

Maps & Directions

Christchurch, BH23 2AR
Bournemouth, BH5 1NS

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Spanish - working knowledge


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Manor Therapy Rooms are fully wheelchair-accessible. My ecotherapy Nature-Based Counselling site is Head, which has tarmacked paths, and wheelchair accessible parking and toilet facilities.


Monday - Friday 8am-6pm; Saturdays - 9am-3pm; Tuesday evenings - 5-9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults