Michael O'Rourke MBACP Counsellor/Therapist

Michael O'Rourke MBACP Counsellor/Therapist

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East Sussex

07728415134 / 07728 415134

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East Sussex

07728415134 / 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. A particular focus is on relationships and how content we are in our primary relationship.

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, addiction, anxiety and depression and childhood pain & distress. 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 am experienced in working with gay and lesbian clients, with emphasis on acceptance of themselves and their sexuality.

I also offer a Counselling Consultation – this is a one-off 65 minute consultation to address a specific issue for which you are seeking urgent advice.

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:

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

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  • Therapy Room


Each session is £40.00 and sessions will last 50 minutes.

Counsellors or therapists in training £30 per session. A further concession may be agreed for longer-term work to coincide with your training course.

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

One-off therapy consultations are £50 and last 65 minutes

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