Psychotherapy • EMDR Therapy
Coaching • Supervision
Embodiment & Mindfulness • Courses & Groups
- Highly experienced Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, ICF-qualified Coach, Supervisor, Somatic Sexuality Specialist, Mindfulness Educator and Trainer
- Online sessions in English and other languages
- Free, no obligation initial conversation
Welcome to Forging Paths!
I’m Michael and in my work I focus on personal growth and healing as well as professional development. The central principle I follow is that of integration – between different parts of yourself, your sense of self and your relational experience, your values and your work, your needs and your desires, the beautiful moments in life and the more difficult experiences. In doing so, I aim to help you live a more holistic, genuine and free life.
In order to help you along your personal journey, I use all the knowledge and expertise that I’ve accumulated throughout my personal and professional life, drawing on a multitude of fields including psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, mentoring, trauma neuroscience, embodiment, mindfulness, philosophy, somatic sexuality, education, breathwork, leadership training and psychosocial supervision. What I offer you depends on your needs at the moment you contact me and how your needs develop over the course of our work together. In this way I adapt my expertise to what is most relevant and helpful for you.
Some areas I work with include:
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Anger management
- Obsessive and compulsive tendencies
- Dealing with major life changes
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Childhood abuse and neglect
- Sex and sexuality
- LGBTQIA+ and gender identity
- Shame and guilt
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Connecting more to the emotional and bodily experience
- Career changes and challenges at work
- Personal growth and development
- Finding purpose in life
If you are experiencing inner blockages that hinder you from growing further or that are significantly negatively affecting your life, I offer psychotherapy and counselling. During therapy I make use of the many techniques and approaches I’ve trained in so as to facilitate your process in the best possible manner. One of the techniques I’m trained in using is EMDR therapy – a recommended treatment of choice when dealing with difficult or traumatic experiences from the past that are still impacting you today.
All of my work is very much anchored in the conscious experience of the body and the emotional, which is why I make use of various mindfulness and embodiment practices. Should you desire to focus on your sexual and intimate life, I utilise tools that I acquired during my training as a Somatic Sexuality Specialist in order to help you connect more deeply with yourself as a sexual being. I’ve also trained extensively in matters related to sexual and gender identity and have worked with various clients who identify as, or are exploring what it means to be, LGBTIQA+ as well as with others who are involved in alternative sexual practices or non-monogamous relationships. In addition to this, I set up Orange Bodies where I offer sexuality and body-focused workshops.
I also work with people who use breathwork or psychedelics to access expanded states of consciousness. I offer support in both the preparation and integration phases. Please note that I do NOT provide any substances myself, nor do I give any advice in terms of where to access such substances. Please check the laws in your country regarding the legality of your experience.
In coaching I help you explore what you want and how to access the resources you already have in yourself to make this happen. If you need a more hands-on approach, I can also bring in a mentoring approach to establish a strategy that can help you bring about the change you desire. As an ICF-qualified coach I adhere to the ICF standards in coaching.
For professionals in the coaching, therapeutic and psychosocial sectors, I offer professional supervision as a qualified supervisor together with workshops and training to further personal and professional development.
Having lived in different countries, I’m very aware of how important it is to be able to express yourself in your own language. In our sessions, you can speak in English, Maltese, Italian or French. However, it’s important that you have a good understanding of English as it’s the language I primarily work in.
If any of this is relevant to your situation, I offer a FREE, no obligation 25-minute conversation to discuss your needs and how I can help you in your journey. You can schedule a call by clicking the button below.
LGBTQIA+ & sex-affirmative
I’m a highly experienced and qualified Psychotherapist & EMDR Therapist, Coach (ICF-qualified), Mentor, Supervisor, Somatic Sexuality Specialist, Mindfulness Educator and Trainer. I’m a licensed Psychotherapist in Malta and I hold specialisations in working with trauma and with sexual and gender diversity. Apart from the training I attended, I’ve also learnt a lot from the various mental health sectors I’ve worked in and the different clients I’ve met. I deliver workshops and training to organisations and professional groups and I organise courses and retreats focusing on personal growth, embodiment and mindfulness.
Throughout my life I’ve invested a lot in my personal and professional development and continue to do so. I’ve experienced work life from both the self-employed and employee perspectives, including that as a manager at London Fire Brigade. Having lived in six different countries, I’ve also had to navigate the impact of different cultural spaces and the transition between them.
Courses & Groups
A JOURNEY OF GROWTH
Connect with Yourself and Others
In-person group (Gràcia, Barcelona)
This personal growth group is for you if you’re on a journey to explore more who you are and how you connect to the world around you. It’s a space for transformation: you bring your curiosity and your courage; we provide you with a safe and supportive environment to facilitate the process.
During our meeting, we will propose activities to help you deepen your personal awareness and nourish personal transformation. Other activities will focus on exploring a more authentic way of connecting with others. The activities we use vary and include techniques such as meditation, body awareness, sharing circles and other group dynamics. And because this is a space for you to develop new, meaningful friendships, we will spend the last 15 minutes socialising and sharing some snacks!
We offer a space that is open to all and inclusive of all genders, sexualities, races, religions, bodies and other backgrounds or characteristics. What we ask of you is to come with an attitude of respect and openness and to be at least 18 years old.
We are organising a series of online courses aimed at helping you live better with yourself by getting to know yourself better and become more embodied in your personal growth.
The series of courses consists of:
- My body as anchor when dealing with stress
- Balancing out my thoughts and my emotions
- Engaging with my fear and anger
- Shame, guilt and our shadow sides
- Our inner critical voice and ‘should’ statements
- Safety, vulnerability and our quest for control
The series of courses compliments the self-development journaling book entitled “Living Better with Yourself – A Practical Guide to Embodied Growth” written by ourselves and described below.
In addition to various articles I’ve written, I’m the author of the self-development journaling book entitled ‘Living Better with Yourself: A Practical Guide to Embodied Growth’. The book looks at 10 main areas of being human and contains 180 exercises and over 50 audio files to help you develop yourself in an embodied and integrated way. It’s intended to be used either as a stand-alone self-help journal or as an accompanying resource during your therapeutic or coaching journey undertaken with a professional. It can also be a useful tool when accompanying others in their personal growth. ‘Living Better with Yourself’ is available from all major online stores in both paperback and e-Book formats.
What others have said
Michael was a calm and steady support for me during one of the toughest times of my life. Although I came to him searching for answers, this is not what he gave me. Instead, our conversations compelled me to look deeper within and become more in touch with how I was feeling – both mentally and physically – and thus, do my own work and find my own answers.Leah, Denmark
What I liked about Michael’s style is that he acknowledges that elements of our lives don’t exist in silos – and that relationships and cities, friends and upbringing, values and environments, are all intertwined. Michael’s calming and trusting demeanor helped me open up and work through my topics in a psychologically safe environment.Rajiv, Germany
(Founder & CEO of Chrysalis DEI)
Michael is kind, supportive, calm and intelligent – just the kind of person you need in your corner when you are facing key decisions, feeling stuck, frustrated or just not sure on the way forward. The time was always well spent and moved me forward – whether that was from a practical or an emotional perspective.Gemma, UK
(Impact and Confidence Coach)
Michael’s considerate manner leaves space for you to think and work out what it is you may be looking for and with a great sense of understanding and patience I found myself more able to think clearly about my life and the decisions I make moving forwards.Portia, UK
(Creative & Performer)
My experience of Michael is that he has an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in terms of counselling modalities and techniques which he can draw on to offer a valuable and holding experience to clients.Angela, UK
(Psychotherapist and Counsellor)
Michael’s help has been very useful. It put me on a good course. My life is going well again and I’m at a nice level of comfort when it comes to intimacy. Thanks again!Vincent, Denmark
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