Michael O'Rourke BSc (Hons) MBACP Counsellor/Therapist
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, compassionate and supportive way. I believe that with encouragement we can all identify what is causing us pain and work towards a greater acceptance of ourselves and more contentment in our lives. If a more directive and solution-focused approach suits you, we can work to develop goals to meet your needs. A particular focus is working with men and how masculinity, and the perception of masculinity, can add to poor emotional health. I also support men and women who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and those who are living with chronic or life-limiting illnesses.
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. 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. In addition to my core training, 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
- 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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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.
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
|Employee Assistance Programme|