Michael O'Rourke MBACP Counsellor/Therapist
01424 420489 / 07728 415134
I am centrally located in Hastings and provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore whatever is concerning you. I have experience working with anxiety and depression, identity issues - feelings such as "who am I"? 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, isolation, the conflicting sense of "everybody look at me, nobody look at me". 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 understand shame and how it can shape how we feel about ourselves. I also look at what's going on with our physical bodies, because there is often a direct link between a physical ailment or condition and an emotional or psychological disturbance. 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.
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.
Please call or email me to set up an initial session, which is free. 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.
I am interested in working with Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) which can be an effective tool in accepting ourselves as we are and our situation as it is. By building on 'what is' we can transform our lives and free ourselves from pain.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
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 £35.00 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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available to see clients Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm and Saturday mornings from 7am - 12noon.
Types of client