Debbie Featherstone MSc. DHP(NC) NSHP CNHC

Debbie Featherstone MSc. DHP(NC) NSHP  CNHC

3 Castlegate


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3 Castlegate


About me

If you are interested in learning effective ways to help yourself, whether a problem has been short or long term, there is a journey that is both enabling and supportive. I am based in the centre of Clitheroe, working in a beautiful listed building overlooking Clitheroe Castle, that offers a welcoming calm and comfortable environment in which to help you progress through that journey

Clinical Outcomes are used in all my work - this means that changes made through therapy are measurable and evidence based

We have three clinics running at the centre in Clitheroe:

1. Counselling and Psychotherapy for
people who have anxiety, stress, poor self-confidence/self-esteem issues, relationship issues, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), trauma and PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder), GAD (General Anxiety Disorder), panic disorders, fears & phobias, depression and weight problems

1 in 4 people will experience some kind of psychologically related problem in the course of a year; it is known that the best results are obtained when the therapist is flexible, understands a wide range of approaches and tailors therapy to the needs of the individual. I am able to do this through extensive training and experience both in the NHS (17 years) and subsequently, in private practise

2. Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Balance for people with distressing tinnitus, over-sensitive hearing (hyperacusis including Acoustic Shock Injury), and vestibular conditions causing dizziness

As well as working with private clients, I undertake medical-legal work via solicitors, mainly for individuals who have been involved in road traffic accidents and developed distressing tinnitus

3. Hearing and Hearing Aids for people with hearing loss provided by a fully registered independent Hearing Aid Audiologist

About the Tinnitus Clinic

With more than 20 years experience, I specialise in tinnitus management and run highly specialist clinics at the Clitheroe Therapies Clinic; however, I now also work with individuals from further afield through videoconferencing via Skype. This has proven highly beneficial for clients who otherwise have no access to specialist tinnitus management. We find it the "next best thing" to sitting together in the same room. I have worked with people in other areas of the UK and from as far away as New Zealand and Australia.

Tinnitus Research

In April 2012, I was invited to present to the National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, University of Nottingham. The title of my presentation was ‘Tinnitus: Designing Therapy Around The Patient’.

Meeting with the NBRUH researchers in tinnitus and hearing has led to on-going collaboration in several RCT research projects including: evaluation of the effectiveness of the Tinnitus E-Programme as an on-line self-managed resource for tinnitus management; validation of what we anticipate will be a new 'gold standard' clinical measure for tinnitus distress; a 3 year RfPB research project (start date 2014): Manualisation and feasibility study of audiologist-delivered counselling for tinnitus

About me

After 17 years working in the NHS, I took early retirement in 2010 where I was Hearing Therapy Clinical Lead in East Lancashire since 2001. Hearing Therapy is a specialist area of Audiology whose practitioners work with patients who have complex needs (including sudden onset hearing loss, distressing tinnitus, hyperacusis and/or balance problems). Since 2004, when training of Hearing Therapists was discontinued by the Department of Health, numbers of Hearing Therapists working in the NHS has depleted. There are fewer more than 100 left in the whole of the UK.

I set up the Clitheroe Therapies Clinic in 2010 - a Psychotherapy & Clinical Hypnosis practice and specialist Tinnitus and Hearing clinic. We also have an HCPC registered Audiologist/Hearing Aid Dispenser at the clinic.

As well as running my clinics in Clitheroe, I run the on-line Tinnitus E-Programme – a self-managed course in Tinnitus Management for those who otherwise have no access to help for this sometimes highly distressing condition.

I write new courses for the University of Manchester – most recently an M-level module in Aural Rehabilitation – and lecture in tinnitus and its management.

Finally, thank you for your interest in reading about my work. I hope you have found it interesting and if you would like to know more, I will be delighted to talk with you further.

Debbie Featherstone
Clitheroe Therapies Clinic

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Psychotherapy Studies (University of Sheffield)
Diploma in Hearing Therapy

As well as my private practice, I train Audiologists (NHS and private practitioners) in Counselling Skills & Tinnitus Management, and lecture at the University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences

Prior to working in private practice, I worked in the NHS for 17 years, leaving the NHS in 2010 where I was Head of Hearing Therapy Services based in Burnley and Blackburn at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust for 9 years 2001-2010, with responsibility for specialist services for tinnitus, hyperacusis, balance/vestibular disorders and hearing loss. Prior to moving to Lancashire in 2001, my work was in Birmingham and Essex

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Vestibular rehabilitation & balance
Hearing loss


Details available on website

Further information

Maps & Directions

Clitheroe, BB7 1AZ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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