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

Sometimes life can become very difficult. Are you wondering if there a better way 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.

Counselling can help you make sense of how your circumstances have become what they are.  Enabling you to see situations more clearly and able to make important decisions that before may have been difficult or seemed impossible.  Seeing your choices in a new light, potentially helps smooth the way to a more contented life.

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, Counselling is about supporting people identify and understanding their own problems.

I am an experienced Counsellor who can provide you with a confidential, safe place for you to look at your worries and difficulties.  I appreciate Counselling is sometimes not an easy thing to do and believe the relationship between Client and Counsellor 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.

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 Counselling 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 Eastbourne 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 Counselling 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.

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

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

I am seeking to begin Couples Counselling in the future.  I will update my profile with further information, when my new venture is available.


Counselling at my Pevensey Bay practice: £30 per Full Hour

Counselling using a private therapy room (Eastbourne): £40 per 50 minutes session

Counselling in the Client’s home: £40 per FULL 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.

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).

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


Daytime & Evenings including some weekends (subject to availability)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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