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About me

Due to the Coronavirus, I am encouraging clients to have online (through Skype or Zoom) sessions. However, working by video doesn't suit everyone, and we can talk through options to meet safely if required. We are experiencing an anxious and uncertain time at the moment and the need to talk about our concerns might be greater than normal. I understand the impact recent measures have had on people, particularly financially, so I am happy to discuss fees before any commitment is made.

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.

I specialise in relationship work with both individuals and couples, addiction, anxiety and depression and childhood pain & distress. Childhood sexual abuse and its tormenting legacy often manifests itself in sadness and confusion in later life, and I am skilled in helping clients unpack these painful feelings. I am experienced in working with gay and lesbian clients, with emphasis on acceptance of themselves and their sexuality.

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 a BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I am a member of BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework. I have also done the following training during the last two years:

  • Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way
  • Autism - understanding the needs of adults and young people on the autism spectrum
  • Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
  • ASIST - suicide intervention - two day workshop
  • Shame - one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson
  • Working with young people
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • 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

I have delivered a presentation in Belgium on 'Counselling people living with cancer' for a European project and also delivered a presentation on 'Counselling End of Life Clients' at a counselling conference in London.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each session is £50.00 and sessions will last 50 minutes.

I offer a 10% discount on four sessions booked and paid for upfront.

Counsellors or therapists in training £35.00 per session.

Sessions held away from my therapy room i.e. in a school, college or client's house will be £60.00.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Can be accessible with a ramp which I will provide.


Michael O'Rourke BSc (Hons) MBACP Counsellor/Therapist

Michael O'Rourke BSc (Hons) MBACP Counsellor/Therapist