Michael O'Rourke MBACP Counsellor/Therapist

Michael O'Rourke MBACP Counsellor/Therapist

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East Sussex

0yy28 415134 / 07728 415134

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East Sussex

0yy28 415134 / 07728 415134

About me

I am centrally located in Hastings and provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore whatever is troubling you. I work in a gentle, non-directive way. I believe that with support and encouragement we can all identify what is causing us pain and work towards a greater acceptance of ourselves and more contentment in our lives.

Anxiety is a major cause of concern for many people and it can disable and distress those who are living with it. I have experience of working with anxiety, including diagnosed General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and depression. To overcome anxiety, I encourage clients to look at what's going on for them in the present and how they can change thought patterns, and also look at their past to see where the root cause of the anxiety may stem from.

Identity issues - feelings such as "who am I"? are also an important source of concern for many people and I can help explore these feelings. I've worked with adoption, addiction, child sexual abuse, sex and sexuality and living with HIV. I have experience of working through feelings of loneliness and isolation. I have worked with young people and am skilled at developing trusting and congruent relationships with them and allowing them space to explore the difficulties that can present themselves in teenage years. I also work with teachers and educators to help them with the stresses of working in education, and of how they might better understand the young people they teach.

Sometimes we simply feel 'stuck' and don't know where to turn - talking about how we feel in a non-judgemental environment with someone who will accept us for who we are in that moment, not for what we might become, is key to helping us understand ourselves and see our way to greater acceptance and change if necessary.

Please call or email me to set up an initial session. At this appointment we will talk through what you want to get from counselling; if you're then happy to continue we'll set up a second session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I am a member of BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework. In addition to my core training, I have also done the following training during the last two years:

Working with Young People
Reclaiming Feelings, Sex and Boundaries after Sexual Abuse
Safeguarding vulnerable adults
City & Guilds Accredited Programme in HIV & AIDS Awareness
Understanding the Needs of Sex-workers
Understanding and working with Chemsex Addiction

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a special interest in working with clients who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and have worked with a large number of such clients. I am also interested in those who were adopted at birth and helping them find their sense of identity. I have significant experience of working with the LGBT community and am interested in all issues related to sexual identity, sexuality and gender identity.

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Each session will be £40.00 and sessions will last 50 minutes. Concessions are available for low incomes or if you're unwaged.

Sessions held away from my therapy room i.e. in a school, college or client's house will be £50.00.

Maps & Directions

Hastings, TN34

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available to see clients Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm and Saturday mornings from 7am - 12noon.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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