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.
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…
“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”.