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*To help my clients access counselling in the current environment I offer an Online service for the time being*

The counselling I offer

"Minds prevented from change cease to be mind".

These times can be difficult, and uncertain times mean different things to different people. If you feel you are struggling or feeling stuck please get in touch and we can explore how counselling with me could help you. I take a humanistic approach to counselling which offers me a way to fully connect with you, the-person-as-a-whole, in an empathic and non-judgemental way. I am respectful and receptive to the uniqueness each person brings. Central for me is the quality of the relationship we develop through which we forge a way of working which allows me to fully hear you and for us to explore what life is like for you, as well as what you need from me in order to move to a better forward.

What I offer and how I can help

No matter what difficulties our lives have brought us the availability of choice and thereby a potential for change or acceptance, however challenging, remains within us.

I offer a safe and confidential space in a valuing and empathic relationship which can support you to have more of an explorative and deeper connection with yourself, one in which we can both look at your lived experience in a comprehensive, open and restorative way. The process of listening to someone with the sole aim of really wanting to understand what is confusing, troubling, or disturbing, without judgement or forethought, can be a very positive and transformative. I aim to support you to clarify as well as add new meaning by helping you to describe and explore, rather than for me to analyse, or ‘treat’ what is troubling you.

I believe that the-here-and-now in the therapeutic relationship can become an important departure point for describing, exploring and testing how we feel about ourselves. In attending to this we can bring new light on what might be holding you back, discover untapped resources, strengths, and surprising insights in order to lead a more satisfying life. I see my counselling work as helping you discover more about who you are in relation to both yourself and others, a freeing to be more of you.

The first session is an opportunity for you to talk about what brings you to therapy, to see what you would like to achieve, and to see how I can help you with this. If you are happy we can arrange a second session and continue as long as it works for you.

What may bring you to counselling

We may, at times, all become familiar with feelings we find distressing, or notice regularities in our behaviour we struggle with, or notice a more general experience of discontentment or lack of self-belief. It may be that you sense being out of tune with life around you (and with yourself) accompanied by a sense anxiety, sadness, depression, guilt, isolation and low self-esteem, or even a need to experience more of you then what you presently have.

You might experience these feelings emotionally, bodily, or in relation to others; they could be directed to yourself, to others or to the ideas you choose to live by. Whatever is prompting you towards counselling this is a meaningful and courageous first step! Whether you are feeling overwhelmed or simply at wonder about where you are in life, I aim to help you find a better fit with yourself and the world around you.

Getting Started

If the above strikes a chord with you why not call/email me for a brief free non-obligation and confidential chat regarding your needs?

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling (Distinction) (University of Brighton)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice (University of Sussex)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol, BPS, since 2009)
  • PhD Developmental Psychology (University of Sussex)
  • MA Mass Communications (University of Leicester)
  • BSc Psychology and Sociology (University of Southampton)
  • Continuing Professional Development courses - to date.


Presently, besides my private practice, I volunteer to counsel key workers in the education and health sectors.

I have worked closely with a number of well-being and mental health charities, including coordinating and designing student work placement roles. I trained as a mental health practitioner working within a person-centred recovery model in an NHS community mental health care team in Newhaven.

More recently my counselling work has been to support NHS staff with the Western Sussex Hospitals staff counselling service and I have counselled students from a local music college as well as work in a partnership service supporting family members and carers of people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Further training

  • Online counselling
  • Working with Co-dependency
  • The effects of someone else’s substance or alcohol use
  • Shifting senses of belonging
  • Boarding School survivors
  • Working with trauma
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Student mentoring
  • Student mental wellbeing
  • Behavioural Activation
  • Personality Disorders

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.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Perfectionism
  • Feelings of displacement and not belonging
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Problems relating to authority
  • Searching for new meanings, directions
  • Motivational issues
  • Shame
  • Autism
  • Boarding school syndrome

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

If you think you might like to work with me then please get in touch, either via email or by phone, my aim is to return your message within 48 hours.

I offer sessions on a short-, medium- or long-term basis.

I offer a FREE phone consultation (lasting around 20/30 minutes) to discuss what is brining you to therapy and to explore how we might work together.

For ongoing sessions my fees are £45, I have a limited number of concessionary slots available, and can be paid by bank transfer.

Each session is usually 50 mins long, once a week, at the same time.

Please feel free to ask any questions either by phone or email.


I have availability mornings, daytimes and after work evenings.

Further information

Ethical Practice

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). My practice is grounded in the ethics of care, respect, safety and confidentiality, which is reflected within the code of ethics and conduct of the above organisations. My practice is also insured and regularly supervised as per the requirements of BACP.

Church Road
East Sussex

East Sussex

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

If you are coming by car the large supermarket opposite offers 3 hours free parking for a £5 minimum spend

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Mike Van Duuren

Mike Van Duuren