Dane Duncan Mills
*Narratives of Us* offers down to earth, jargon free talking therapy from a highly qualified Clinical Psychologist for couples who may find themselves sort of stuck, lost, turned around, unrooted… or maybe in need of some space and time to find the right direction. Equally, it can be a place to grow and kindle the things already going well in life, after all, you made it this far! I work with people in a way that puts them in the centre of their life story. I believe that the person is the person, the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem. I also specialise in conversations about gender diversity and sexuality.
The number one most evidenced research about therapy is that it is not the mode or type of therapy that is the most important factor in improving things, but the relationship, how well you connect together as therapist and client, the ‘fit’. I am a hardworking, northerner, an aspiring Buddhist, from working-class roots with 12 years experience in the NHS.
You may have lots of curiosities & hesitations about the types of therapy, training or who to go with so please don't hesitate to send queries my way. You can also book a one-off taster session. Feel free to check my website for more info.
“Hope, is not a trait inside people. Hope is something we ‘do’ with others.” (Kaethe Weingarten)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 12 years of experience working in the NHS. I completed a 3 year Professional Doctorate training programme in Clinical Psychology, a full-time academic course at The University of East London. I am HCPC accredited. I have a background in family services and currently work at Great Ormond Street Hospital's Pediatric and Mental Health Service.
I have attended additional specialist training with Gendered Intelligence, for working in therapy with gender diversity.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Where talking to a Male is prefered / Despair / Hopelessness / Loss / Hardship Stuckness / Feeling Lost / Down / Worried / Cross / Sad / Living with Labels (such as "generalised anxiety disorder", "depression", "OCD", "anxiety", "post traumatic stress", "phobia", "panic attacks").
Bisexual, Gay, Intersex, Lesbian, Non-Binary, Queer and Transgender Allied.
Sliding Scale Fees
I offer a fair sliding scale for my clients, which you get to choose on an honesty basis depending on if you feel your income is low, medium or high compared to your counterparts living in your area earning the same as you.
Individual Sessions - 60 Minute Session
Sliding Scale: Starting from £120 to £150.
Couple or Family Sessions - 60 Minute Session
Sliding Scale: Starting from £150 to £190.
*90 Minute Sessions are also available.
What do people like about online video therapy?
- Personalise your own space as needed, with your own soothing strategies: for everyone it’s different, maybe for you it’s blankets, candles, a plant, insense, cushions for a relaxing atmosphere… or maybe it’s a desk and whiteboard to build a working mindset.
- Take therapeutic support with you when travelling, moving home, or country.
Avoid the added commute around work or the school run!
- Fury friends and whiskered family members are welcome here, in fact research shows stroking a cat or dog lowers stress levels, isolation and helps to provide emotional support and comfort.
- Bring a cup of tea or coffee just how you like it for the session. In many cultures, talking over a cup of tea helps to provide focus.
If some of the description examples below resonate with you, then Narratives of Us might be an awesome fit:
- I’m heartbroken. My partner and I are stuck in a rut. The spark is gone.
- Lockdown is making life like a pressure cooker.
- I’m in a dilemma… my heart says one thing but my culture says the opposite, what do I do?
- Something difficult to describe happened to me… it’s after my attention.
- I’ve been given a label but it seems far away from my unique experience. I mean… there’s anxiety, there’s anxiety and there’s anxiety, right?
- I get angsty, the world seems terrible and even unsafe… little things play on my mind.
- There’s a tidal wave of uncertainty out of the blue, and I want solid ground.
- The rug has been pulled right from under my feet… and it’s not okay by me actually.
- I have the grey tickles of worry and stress… the black curtain of really low mood.
- I have reason to be really cross and in moments I feel like shouting really loudly.
- I’m beat. I feel beaten down on. I don’t have the energy.
- Someone really important to me is no longer in my life how they were.
- Even in a place of lots of people, loneliness is there.
- Social media is giving me more than just FOMO.