How I work
I have over 20 years of experience working as a Developmental Psychologist and after enjoying relating to others in this role as teacher/researcher I found, for me, a better and more meaningful way to connect with others working as a person-centered psychotherapeutic counsellor, and before that, as a person-centered mental health practitioner. This way of working offers me a way to connect to the person-as-a-whole in a warm, empathic and non-judgmental 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 distinctive way of working and 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.
The departure point of a Humanistic approach to counselling is that we have the freedom to shape and give meaning to our own lives, thereby helping us to regain our independence. Focal to the way I work is the belief 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.
The counselling I offer is aimed at helping you clarify and add new meaning by helping you to describe and explore, rather than for me to analyse, treat or ‘cure’ what is troubling you. I see my counselling work as helping to promote a better life by helping you discover more about who you are in relation to both yourself and others.
Qualifications & Experience
- 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 have worked closely with a number of well-being and mental health charities, including coordinating and designing student work placement roles. More recently I trained as a mental health practitioner working within a person-centred recovery model in an NHS community mental health care team in Newhaven.
My counselling work has been to support NHS staff with the Western Sussex Hospitals staff counselling service and I have trained with an independent practice, Psychology Sussex, counselling 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.
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 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 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.
Contact Mike Van Duuren
Tel: 07376 863123
The Practice Rooms,
160-162 Church Road,