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Martin Oakley BACP (Accred) working with TEENAGERS (16+), ADULTS and COUPLES

Hastings TN34 & Pevensey BN24
07534598758 07534598758 Registered / Accredited

About me

Online (Video Sessions): I currently offering Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype video or telephone therapy sessions, which is as affective as face2face, based from feedback from existing Clients.

'Walk&Talk' (Outdoor Sessions): I offer 'Walk&Talk outdoor therapy sessions for those not waiting to be confined to a therapy room

Face 2 Face (Therapy Room): I normally offer therapy room sessions in Pevensey Bay, Hastings & Eastbourne, but due to current climate this has been put on hold (GOV.UK guidelines) until further notice.

Are you struggling with an emotion or psychological problem? Would like things to be different? Is this problem new or been there for too long?

Life can become very challenging and difficult at times. Sometimes trying to resolving issues on our own, can feel impossible. Maybe personal problems keeps repeating themselves again and again. A pattern that you recognise but cannot break. Either way, you do not feel right in yourself and longing somehow for things to change or get better. Trying to talk to family and friends has been okay, but it does not resolve things in you. Talking Therapy (Psychotherapy & Counselling style approach) can help you make sense of your problem. Enabling you to see things more clearly, to make important decisions and choices. Seeing things in a new light, potentially helping a way forward, to a more enhanced life.

Having someone to see things from your perspectivewithout feeling judged and bring to your attention, what is really happening in your world. This is what I do with Clients, I have had the pleasure of working with. I truly believe everyone has the potential to make choices and changes for themselves. Therapy is about supporting people identify and understanding their problems.

As an experienced therapist, I can provide you with a confidential, safe place for you to look at your problem and difficulty. I do appreciate Therapy is sometimes not an easy thing to do. It does take much personal courage and commitment, as well as being in the right frame of mind.

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 work at the Client's pace and will not force them to explore things they do not wish to. To fundamentally support their process within the therapeutic relationship between Client and the Therapist to providing a confidentiality, safe place to explore the problem within a non-judgemental, empathic and warm environment.

As everyone is different, I use a blend of Psychotherapy & Counselling theories and techniques because in my opinion no one style approach, fits all.

These includes;

Psychotherapy: Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt therapy

Psychology: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Development Attachment Theories

Counselling: Person-Centred Therapy.

Other: 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. I work very much with the unconscious part of the person.  The part often that Clients do not connect with initially, that then helps and supports their inner understanding of themselves.

My Experience

I work within a professional Eating Disorder Organisation, based in Central London, working with Adults and Young Adults (16 years & above) with mild to moderate eating issues and disorders from anorexia, bingeing, bingeing & purging to overeating, restricting, compulsive dieting, compulsive eating & exercising, weight issues (under or over weight) and general issues concerning unhealthy relationships with foods and junk foods.

I work 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 seven years and work with referrals from GP’s, NHS, Health in Mind, Psychologists, IAPT and Clients themselves.  I work & support SSOS (Survivors of Suicide Service) fast track referral service, (SARC) Domestic Abuse, where I work with people who are considering suicide or self-harm.

I am also experienced in working with Young Adults & Adults 16yo (+) & Above with:

  • depression
  • anxiety & stress
  • self-esteem
  • anger management
  • eating issues, habits, disorders
  • relationship issues
  • sex & sexuality issues
  • porn addiction
  • couples
  • childhood attachment trauma
  • dual diagnosis issues (emotion/psychological trauma and substance misuse).

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

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

I have experienced working as the Dual Diagnosis Lead Therapist within The Prison Service (HMP) in Lewes, between 2010 to 2018 for an Substance Misuse Organisation (NHS mental health, IDTS, CRI, CGL, RAPt, Forward Trust), working with people who suffer from a mental health diagnosis (eg: anxiety, depression, trauma, anger) as well as a substance misuse diagnosis issue (eg: alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs). I work in a way that explores the links between the two different (dual) diagnosis, to then identify the 'Relational Need' between them within the person.

In my experience, what I have found in a lot of people I have worked with, is that their substance misuse issue is often a coping strategy to hide their mental health issue (eg: emotional trauma, childhood experience, upbringing, relationships, negative self-belief).  However, this coping strategy then has had an impact on the person and potentially family, friends, colleagues around them. By sensitively exploring the unresolved mental health issue, can have a positive effect on the person with their substance misuse issue. What Dual Diagnosis process does, is works with the whole person, not the individual parts.

I am currently developing specialising in work Client with mild to moderate Eating problems, Eating Disorders Disorders from a therapeutic approach only. I am not a Nutritionist

What happens next?
Please remember, there is no obligation at this initial stage. However if you would like to find out more about the professional experience I have gained over the years in the way I practice, then please contact me. I will be happy to talk things through with you.

You can call me on: 07813 345224 or click here to send me an email.

Therapy Locations: Pevensey Bay, Hastings, Eastbourne, Client's Home, 'Walk&Talk'

I run my own private practice from my home, where I have my own therapy studio, 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 also work from private therapy rooms in Hastings & Eastbourne Town Centres. These rooms are subject to allocated days and time availability.

(see my website www.motion2emotion.co.uk for latest news, information, fees, 'special' offers and contact details)

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

'Walk & Talking Therapy sessions (see my website for details)

'Internet Link' Therapy sessions, using Zoom, WhatsApp Video, Google Duo, Skype therapy (see my website for details)

Training, qualifications & experience

Practitioner Training for Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders - NCFED, London)

Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling. Accredited 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)
  • Practitioners Training in Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders - London)
  • CBT & Mindfulness
  • ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Working with Suicide and Self harm
  • Working with the Client and Those Affected by Suicide
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Trauma Counselling & Therapy
  • Mindfulness & Relaxation
  • CBT
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Working with Resistance and Stuck-ness
  • Imagery and Dreamwork
  • Transactional Analysis (TA101)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Working with Groups
  • Addiction & Dependency
  • Working with Shame
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Survivors of Suicide
  • Young People 16yo (+)
  • Dual Diagnosis (Working with people with both a Mental Health and Substance Misuse Diagnosis)
  • Pre-Trial Therapy (Survivors Network Training) (Working therapeutically with Victims of sexual abuse involved in criminal justice system)
  • Sex Therapy

I am a fully Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
. End of 2018 I completed my BACP Accreditation.
I work in accordance with BACP Ethical Guidelines and Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialised in 'Eating Disorders'

Eating Disorders through the National Centre for Eating Disorders (London) 'I want to support you with your relationship with food, and to help you release the hidden suppressed emotions that want to be heard and acknowledged'.

Future Therapy Services available of working with Couples (Adults & Young Adults 16 years & above).
This could include:husband & wife

  • girlfriend & boyfriend
  • same gender couples/partners
  • mother & daughter and/or son
  • father & son and/or daughter
  • brother & sister
  • family members.

This also includes two very close adult friends experiencing simply issues but have a close trusting friendship but do not want to engage in therapy by themselves. (Please see my website for details).

'Walking & Talking' Therapy. For people who like the outdoors and also need therapeutic support (Please see my website www.motion2emotion.co.uk for fully details and 'special' offers).

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Initial Consultation Assessment: £35 for 45 minute consultation (one off)

Individual Therapy (Standard rate): £45 per 60 minute session

Couples Therapy: £65 per 60 minute session

'Walk & Talk' Therapy: £35 per 60 minute session (see my website for more details)

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.

[Please Note: Session are all subject to professional & personal commitments]

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Please contact me either by email, telephone or mobile (text) 07813 345224. 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 consultation assessment session to discuss things in a little more detail. This consultation fee is £25 for one hour and you are under no obligation to commit at this stage to session.

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 weekends (this is subject to availability). Please see section 'fee' for my days that I am available.

Coast Road
Pevensey Bay
East Sussex
BN24 6LP

The Wellbeing Centre
44 Wellington Square
East Sussex
TN34 1PN

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Wheelchair user access


Please contact me, regarding availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Martin Oakley BACP (Accred) working with TEENAGERS (16+), ADULTS and COUPLES

Martin Oakley BACP (Accred) working with TEENAGERS (16+), ADULTS and COUPLES