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Embodied-Relational Living® Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision in Bristol & Online

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Relationship Counselling in Bristol

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Michael Forrest, MBACP (Accred)

Couples counselling with Michael

In couples work, the emphasis is more on exploring underlying relational dynamics – to become more conscious of how this plays out in your relationship. Sometimes, moments of individual insight and healing occur, alongside looking more deeply at the way you relate to each other.

I offer my presence as a mediator, empathic witness and coach to support you exploring new ways of communicating. At times, you may each have an opportunity to be heard and received without judgment, whilst I support you to identify your underlying needs. It is through developing more awareness and understanding at times of crisis or challenge, that clarity about how to move forward can emerge.

My support may initiate a new phase of authentic relating and deeper intimacy between you. Alternatively, it may emerge that you need to part, but my support can offer conscious ways of doing this and lessen the likelihood of repeating the same patterns in your next relationship. If you have children this introduces an additional layer of complexity that couples counselling can help you with.

"My relationship was at absolute breaking point but from the very first contact I made with Michael, I felt hopeful. He had the most understanding and gentle manner and guided me through exactly how couples counselling would be conducted.

Over the course of several months, he supported me and my partner (without judgement or criticism) so that we were able to open up about our feelings in a safe and supportive space. We also learnt valuable communication skills which Michael is extremely experienced in.

He guided us through a very troublesome time and has not only strengthened our relationship but helped us become more aware of how to deal with other issues that we may encounter in future - both within our relationship and in our daily lives.

It has been life-changing to have gained so much from Michael's counselling. My partner and I are so grateful for all of his help and support. I honestly cannot recommend his services highly enough - I am eternally thankful."

- Couples Client, Testimonial, 2020

To read about my Individual and Supervision work, click the images below:

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Supervision with Michael

Professional Membership

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.

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