Mike Van Duuren (MBACP PGDip Counselling, PhD, CPsychol)
*My practice is now located Online whilst the current pandemic is ongoing*
These times can be though, and uncertain times mean different things to different people. If you feel you are struggling please get in touch and we can explore how counselling with me could help you. I work from a humanistic approach which offers me a way to fully connect with you, the-person-as-a-whole, in a warm, 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 in our sessions through which we forge our unique way of working. This allows me to fully hear you and for us to explore what life is like for you, as well as what you might need from me in order to move forward.
What may bring you to counselling
At times in our lives we are all capable of experiencing feelings we find disturbing or frightening or even ‘just’ ones which result in a sense of unease, or an unsatisfied curiosity. It might be that you feel out of sync with the world or with yourself accompanied by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, isolation, guilt, depression, anxiety or stress, or even simply a sense that there is somehow more to you then what you presently sense.
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.
What I offer and how I can help
Central to my belief is that 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 that can call 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 honest 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, treat or ‘cure’ 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. With 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 self and others.
The initial 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 if we are the right fit for you. If you are happy we can arrange a second session and continue as long as it works for you.
Why not give me a call or drop me an email and we can take it from there.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling (Distinction) (University of Brighton)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice (Merit) (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.
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. Presently, I undertake counselling work in a partnership service supporting family members and carers of people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
- Online counselling
- Working with Co-dependency
- The effects of someone else’s substance or alcohol use
- Shifting senses of belonging
- Working with trauma
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- LGBTQ Awareness
- Student mentoring
- Student mental wellbeing
- Behavioural Activation
- Personality Disorders
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Feelings of displacement and not belonging
- Feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Problems relating to authority
- Searching for new meanings, directions
- Motivational issues
- Boarding school syndrome
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.
My fee for the first session is £25 and offers you an opportunity to see what our working together could look like, explore what you want from counselling and consider how we could 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.
Concessions offered for
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.