Are you looking for help in difficult times? Are you struggling with anxiety, or depression? Do you have relationship difficulties? Do you have low self-esteem or suffer from work related stress?
I can offer you friendly, safe & professional support. I take a humanistic/person centred approach to counselling which offers me a way to fully connect with you, in an empathic and non-judgemental way. I am respectful and receptive to the uniqueness you bring. Central to 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 forward.
What may bring you to Counselling
We are all capable of experiencing feelings we find distressing or behavioural patterns we struggle with, or even ‘just’ a general sense of unease, or lack of self-confidence. 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 the recurring thought that there is somehow more to you then what you presently sense. Whatever is prompting you towards counselling this is a meaningful and courageous first step!
What I offer and how I can help
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 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 see my counselling work as helping you discover more about who you are in relation to both yourself and others.
The areas of counselling I have experience with include:
- Cultural differences
- Anger Issues
- Carer support
- Low self-esteem
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Identity displacement and belonging
- Career support
- Hearing voices
- LGBTQ friendly
- Attachment Issues
I hold Post-Graduate degrees in Counselling (BACP), Mental Health Practice (NHS), I am a chartered psychologist (BPS). Outside my private practice in my volunteer counselling roles in national and local charities I have supported NHS staff and people working in Education, family members of people using a drug and alcohol service, as well as college students.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling (Distinction)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice
- Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol, BPS, since 2009)
- PhD Developmental Psychology
- MA Mass Communications
- BSc Psychology and Sociology
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. I undertake frequent CPD training; my practice is insured and regularly supervised as per the requirements of BACP.
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.
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.
Contact Mike Van Duuren
Tel: 07376 863123
Book me via HarleyTherapy: https://harleytherapy.com/therapists/mike-van-duuren
The Practice Rooms,
160-162 Church Road,