About Michael Forfieh
I work as a Project Manager for a charity called: Together for Mental Wellbeing supporting the National Probation Service Forensic Mental Health Practitioner team. The role is rewarding and complex as I support a team of practitioners that work alongside probation officers working with service users that are experiencing mental health concerns. Since January 2015 my appreciation of working alongside other skilled mental health practitioners and probation officers has grown.
In September 2015 I began working as a visiting lecturer on the MSc Therapeutic Counselling course. 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.
In 2014 I held a number of interesting roles including a Counsellor in a prison, at the University of Kent as a Student Mentor and at Family Health Isis as a Counsellor and Facilitator for Time to Change.
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.
I relax by playing Basketball, riding my Longboard (Silversurfer) playing chess, listening to good Jazz and baking artisan breads.
I am passionate about the work I am involved with and look for that A-ha moment when the light comes on for a person 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”.