Michaela Bisogno - Cultivate Counselling & Ecotherapy

Michaela Bisogno - Cultivate Counselling & Ecotherapy


07508 434225

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About me

With over 20 years prior experience of supporting adults and young people, through their most challenging times, in a variety of settings and services. I offer a warm, confidential, professional, safe and supportive emotional space in which to explore ways through the trials and tribulations that life can hurl at us at times. I offer both traditional counselling in the Bournemouth and Christchurch areas; and also outdoor nature-based therapy in East Bournemouth and Poole/Purbeck locations.

Getting started with counselling can often be the biggest step, 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 for you to find out if you would like to work with me.  If you would like to continue, we will then arrange weekly or fortnightly appointments. Initial sessions are available by phone, Skype or therapy rooms in Christchurch and Bournemouth. If you would like to find out more, or book your initial appointment, please contact me by email, phone or messenger through my Facebook page

I believe that no matter how lost we might feel, we are still our own expert, and with sufficient empathy, attention and time, we can 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 desirable, also 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 the opportunity to access outdoor nature-based therapy. This involves being in, and working with our stunning local natural heritage to help address emotional health and well-being difficulties. 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 nature, gardening and outdoor activity on improving our mental health and wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Dip Integrative Counselling (BACP); BACP no: 00773882
  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling;
  • BA (Hons) Social Anthropology;
  • DipHE Youth & Community;
  • Dip Connexions PA;
  • Cert Connexions Supervision
  • Relevant Continuous Professional Development training:
  • 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 12 years of age upwards.

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate which is updated regularly.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH9

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


Wheelchair access: Yes

My premises in Bournemouth are fully wheelchair-accessible. My ecotherapy Nature-Based Counselling site in Southbourne, Hengistbury Head has tarmacked paths, and wheelchair accessible parking and toilet facilities.


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults