Martin Oakley. Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Martin Oakley. Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Pevensey Bay
East Sussex

(01323) 769221 / 07813 345224

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Pevensey Bay
East Sussex

(01323) 769221 / 07813 345224

About me

Because life can become very challenging and difficult. Are you wondering, if there a better way to move forward?  You would like things to be different ? but not sure how to get there.  You may be one of those people who’s personal problem keeps repeating itself again and again.  A pattern that you recognise is ‘same old, same old’.  Either way, you do not feel right in yourself and longing somehow for things to change. Trying to talk to family and friends has been okay but it does not feels it is not enough for you.

Therapy (whether Counselling or Psychotherapy) can help you make sense of how your problem, issue or circumstances has become for what it is. This could enable you to see things more clearly and able to make important decisions that before may have been difficult or even seemed impossible.  Seeing your choices in a new light, potentially helps smooth the way to a more contented life. Having someone to see things from your angle and bring to your attention what is happening in your world.

I truly believe everyone has the inner strength and potential to make choices and changes for themselves.  Given the right help and support that is needed, Therapy is about supporting people identify and understanding their own problems.

I am an experienced Therapist who can provide you with a confidential, safe place for you to look at your problems and difficulties.  I appreciate Therapy is sometimes not an easy thing to do and believe the relationship between Client and Therapist is very important to help support you.  Providing you with a non-judgemental, empathic and warm environment will help build a trusting relationship, where you can explore your problem.

Just having the opportunity to talk to someone completely impartial who really listens, can make the difference for you to begin to move in a more positive direction of your own choosing. I my opinion, Therapy is more acceptable in this day of age because to what it can offer people. People I have worked with have experienced this in their own way.

As everyone is different, I use a number of Counselling and Psychotherapy theories and techniques because in my opinion no one style approach fits all.  This includes Transactional Analysis (TA) therapy, Gestalt therapy, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and Person-Centred therapy.  I also use a creative style approach, incorporating pictures, metaphors, two chair work, objects and drawing.  This can allow you to express yourself in a different way that is still meaningful.

My Experience

I run my own private practice from my home, where I have my own therapy room, living in a quiet part of Pevensey Bay.  There is easy parking, as well as a local bus stop within a few minutes walking.

I am able to work out in the local community using a number of private therapy rooms (These rooms are subject to hire & availability).

I also offer for those who feel that they would benefit by having Therapy in their own home.  But this is subject to mutual agreement and suitability within my accordance of Ethical Guidelines and Framework for Good Practice.

I work regularly at Counselling Plus Community (CPC), which is a Counselling Organisation based in Hastings, working with Adults and Young Adults (16 years & above) with a wide range of problems and issues.  I have been there for over five years and work with referrals from GP’s, NHS, Health in Mind and Clients themselves.  I also support SSOS (Survivors of Suicide Service) fast track referral service, where I see people who are at high risk.

I have over two years experience supporting IAPT (Improving Access to Psychosocial Therapy) in groupwork with people suffering from stress & anxiety or depression using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) style approach.

I worked for CRUSE (Bereavement Counselling) for three years offering help and support to people trying to come to terms with their losses.

I work also as a Dual Diagnosis Therapist for an Organisation, who suffer from a mental health issue like anxiety or depression as well as an addiction. I work in a way that links the two different diagnosis to having a link with each other within the person. The aim is to explore the person's 'Relational Need' with and between the two diagnosis as one.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, which is an accredited course by the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I trained at Wealden Psychology College Institute (Crowborough), East Sussex.

ABC Certificate in Bereavement, which is accredited by CRUSE Bereavement UK.

In addition to my training, I am continuing my professional development by attending further training courses and workshops.  Please see below course and workshops I have attended so far:

* Couples Counselling (Relationship & Sexual Psychotherapy approach)

* Couples Counselling (Transactional Analysis approach)

* CBT & Mindfulness

* ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

* Working with Suicide

* Working with the Client and Those Affected by Suicide

* Sexuality

* Trauma and Recovery

* Mindfulness & Relaxation

* Domestic Abuse

* Working with Resistance and Stuckness

* Imagery and Dreamwork

* Transactional Analysis (TA101)

* Creative Art Therapy

* Working with Groups

* Addiction & Dependency

* Working with Shame

* Working with Anxiety

I am a fully Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
I work in accordance with BACP Ethical Guidelines and Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Future Counselling Services


Therapy sessions at my Private Practice in Pevensey Bay is £40 for full 1 hour session or £50 for 1.5 hour session.

Therapy sessions at Client's home (subject to suitability & location) is £50 for full 1 hour session

I offer by ‘Special’ arrangement concessions for Trainee students undergoing Professional Counselling training accredited by BACP.  Sessions will be at my private home practice in Pevensey Bay.

I offer weekly sessions, fortnightly sessions or monthly sessions. This is subject to the nature of the presenting problem and mutual agreement with the Client.

I am flexible with sessions days and times. This is because I work with people who are are fully employed or have family commitments which means they have a changeable timetable due to other commitments in their personal or professional life.

Because of my other Therapy work commitments, I am only available for my private practice session for the following (from 31 July 2017 onwards) [Subject to professional commitments and annual leave pre-booked];

Monday: mornings, afternoons and evenings from 9:00am to 8:00pm

Tuesday: evenings from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Thursday: evenings (Fortnightly sessions only) from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday: evenings from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday & Sunday POA

Further information

Please contact me either by email, telephone or mobile (text).  I will then respond to your enquiry with in a couple of days (subject to being away on business or on holiday) to discuss briefly the nature of your enquiry.

We will agree an appointment between us to arrange an initial assessment session to discuss things in a little more detail. This will be totally ‘free’ and you are under no obligation to commit at this stage.

Please note, if however we are unable to work together for professional reasons, we will discuss options and ways of finding the appropriate support you need.

Once we have agreed to continue to work together, we will arrange subsequent sessions there after.

I am flexible regarding what I offer in terms of number of sessions, whether it is short, medium or long terms sessions.  This will be subject to your needs and our professional agreement.

I offer both daytime and evenings sessions including some weekends (this is subject to availability). Please see section 'fee' for my days that I am available.

Maps & Directions

Pevensey Bay, BN24

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


All day Monday and Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Evenings between 6:00pm - 9:00pm and limited availability at weekends (subject to availability)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme