Michael O’Rourke

Integrative Therapist

My therapeutic approach is integrative, with a focus on the psychodynamics of the relationship between the client and me.

I work with childhood sexual abuse and trauma, and my MA focused on sexual abuse, trauma and domestic violence.  I have worked in supporting people who are addicted to alcohol for a number of years, and I also have experience of 12 Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Co-dependents Anonymous (CODA) and encourage participation in these groups to compliment therapy where appropriate.  I have significant experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, and I hold a BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice which helps me reflect on my own processes and how I relate to clients.

Previous therapeutic experience includes working with OneinFour (for survivors of child sexual abuse) and THT in London, and with Counselling Plus and The Sara Lee Trust in E. Sussex.  I have experience working with those living with cancer, including terminal and end-of-life clients.

I completed my supervision training at the Institute of Group Analysis in London, and I supervise therapists in training at BTC.  Prior to training as a therapist, I worked in corporate healthcare, including occupational health, healthcare trusts and private medical insurance.  I bring this experience of business to my work and can support clients through work-related issues, as well as more emotional worries such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and deep-seated childhood concerns. I am studying for a doctorate at University of Brighton researching how expressive and creative writing can help men explore and process their emotions more freely.

Like all BTC practitioners, I commit at least 25% of my time to the provision of low-cost and no-cost therapy to disadvantaged members of our community. Because I am an employee of the organisation, any surplus generated from my full-cost work is ploughed back into our charitable services.

Nature of contract: Written contract provided before first session via email and discussed during first session. 

Payment terms: Invoiced and payable to BTC at the end of the month by bank transfer. Weekly payment also possible.

Cancellation/missed session policy: 48 hours advance notice required to cancel or reschedule to avoid being charged in full; when possible, sessions can be rescheduled or moved online to accommodate late cancellations.

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