Michael Forfieh Counselling

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Hello my name is Michael and I am an experienced counsellor/therapist providing counselling in Hamilton, Canada.

I am an accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and BAATN (Black and Asian Therapists Network). As a member of both nationally recognised organisations, my training is kept up to date. As a counsellor/psychotherapist I have supported people that are working through a number of difficulties including: Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship difficulties, Mood management including angry feelings, Self-esteem, Abuse and Trauma.

Appointments are usually arranged on a weekly basis. We will review the work regularly. Reflecting on how counselling work is being experienced and what changes are occurring for you.

Attending Greenwich University for the MSc in Therapeutic counselling was an eye opening experience. I began my training believing that I was a person centred counsellor. By the end of the 3 year course I was resolute in recognising that I am an integrative therapist. From my life’s experience I can draw on a number of counselling approaches to inform and support the person I am working with. Approaches include; Transpersonal, Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Psychodynamic and E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Re-processing)..

I have provided a highly evaluated counselling service in a range of settings including a doctors surgery, a number of prisons and in schools. I regularly attend professional development to ensure I continue to develop myself and my practice.


Testimonial

Working with Michael has resulted in profound, transformative growth for me. I went to him with depression, anxiety, worthlessness and despair and now I am happy, confident, strong and purposeful. It was hard work and took courage but Michael's kind, supportive, professional commitment to me has been unwavering from our first meeting. I have learned so much from and with Michael and recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to explore or change something in their lives.

Ms Liberty


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About Michael Forfieh

I am now based in Canada and provide support via Zoom to UK residents and people who seek support globally. Formerly I have held roles as a lead Counsellor for Oxleas Kent cluster of Prisons and as a Project Manager for a charity called: Together for Mental Wellbeing supporting the National Probation Service Forensic Mental Health Practitioner team.

In September 2015 I began working as a visiting lecturer on the MSc Therapeutic Counselling course at University of Greenwich. In September 2016 I delivered lectures at Uni of East London with Forensic Psychology students. Working with students is rewarding on a number of levels: their reflective enquiry reminds me of the process I undertook between 2008 – 2012 to become a counsellor. In truth the process is unending.

I counsel in private practice and like the diversity of client contact I have in my working week between a mental health charity, students and private clients.

For relaxation I enjoy playing chess, listening to good Jazz and a varied selection of podcasts and baking artisan breads.

I am passionate about the work I am involved with and look for the lightbulb moment when a clear impression is made with a person or group I am working with.


Testimonial

Working with Michael has been an adventure to say the least. When I first met Michael, I was in very low place. I was in a toxic relationship that only seemed to go from bad to worse and was still dealing with the loss of my parents. In seeking out Michael, I wanted to find ways in which to not only find myself again but unlearn negative behaviours and learn new and healthy ones. All of which helped me to become the man I am today. My journey with Michael was a challenging one…

Mr Bryce

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“My sessions with Michael were a great encouragement and support during what was a very difficult time for me. He really understood and enabled me to explore my inner thoughts and feelings on a deeper level. I had six sessions with him, but it felt a lot longer due to the amount that I personally achieved and was left feeling better positioned to face my future”.

Mr Nasson


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My Fees

I am available throughout the week and have appointments on weekends, contact me for details of my availability.

Sessions last 50 minutes and are arranged at weekly intervals at a mutually agreed time. If you are unable to attend a session a 24-hour notice period is required. If notice is given later than 24 hours you may be charged for your missed appointment.

Initial 50 minute counselling assessments are £70

Each 50 minute counselling session thereafter costs £80 - £120

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

Contact me for further details.

Testimonial

I knew he certainly had his work cut out for him. Whilst the approach I took was to be open and honest with Michael, the challenge was to be open and honest with myself about what triggers impacted my relationships; both with self and others. I struggled with this approach because it meant being vulnerable with myself. I left some sessions ruminating over those triggers and reliving some painful moments. This took some time to come to terms with and ultimately led to a journey of health, self discovery and improvement.

Mr Bryce


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Coming to Michael as a Broken Black Man, is a decision that changed my life. Michael’s dedication to improving the Mental Health of Black Men is ingrained in his approach, with one sole aim; to be well. Michael works with the mindset to help you define life for you and when taken into context is a considerably powerful ethos. His Zen like patience and knowledge creates an atmosphere that is dedicated to wellness. You will see what I mean when you work with him....

So to my Brothers/Sisters reading this, what I learned from Michael is this; “Choosing wellness isn’t a sign of weakness, it is the strongest thing a man/woman will ever accomplish; to battle the monsters within. The challenge is to see it through and be victorious.” Let Michael help you develop the skills to win those battles and be victorious. To Mike, I say thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do, because I know that the lives you change today, will change the world tomorrow.

Mr Bryce


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