Counselling & Psychotherapy in Bristol
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Michael Forrest, MBACP (Accred)
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Michael
Working in an embodied-relational way, I offer a safe and empathic space in which you can explore the challenges and difficulties you may be facing. I make no assumptions about what skills, abilities and knowledge you already have for this emotional work, nor what you may want from any particular session. Over time, I support you to develop self-awareness skills and tools that can support you in all areas of your life.
The way I work recognises that early life experiences and relationships may have shaped how you experience the world. These things can profoundly affect your sense of self – for better or worse. This may contribute to a feeling of 'dis-ease', at times, because to survive you needed to disconnect to protect from overwhelming emotions. This is a natural coping mechanism but, if left in place indefinitely, reduces your capacity to be spontaneous and fully engage in life.
Having been on a deep healing journey myself, I understand that reconnecting to your ‘felt’ experience in therapy can be challenging. So, I offer my presence as an anchor whilst guiding you gently and compassionately into an awareness of your inner experience. Over time, you build the capacity to stay with this and what you meet there. Experiencing at a body level what has previously been avoided is the key to resolving trauma. Sometimes, it also leads to insight and deeper understanding.
My presence, combined with yours, can be a powerful force to bring forth that which is most calling your attention for healing. This might be something you are aware of already or something just beyond the edge of your awareness. I can help you track and navigate your inner landscape, staying with your unfolding experience in the body. But it is also important to identify and develop inner resources before working with challenging experiences. This is also part of the work I can do with you and these resources support integration between sessions and your on-going resilience.
The therapeutic relationship we establish is fundamental to the work we do and can be a rich ground for learning and understanding. It can, especially in longer-term work, mirror and shed light on other relationships in your life. My reflections and feedback may help you to see and understand this at a deeper level - allowing you to make more conscious choices moving forward.
- Anger Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Couples Work
- Loss & Bereavement
- Confidence & Self-Esteem
My Specialisms Include:
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I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their ethical framework. They have a formal process for hearing complaints if they cannot be resolved by talking to me. I am continually growing and developing as a professional and have supervision for all my therapeutic work.