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Profile for Debbie Featherstone
Hearing Therapist & Psychotherapist
Clitheroe Therapies Clinic
3 Castlegate
Lancashire BB7 1AZ
Tinnitus Management
Counselling & Psychotherapy
I am a qualified and registered Hearing Therapist and Psychotherapist, specialising in the management of distressing tinnitus
Additional - often associated - aspects of my work includes:
  • hearing loss
  • hyperacusis
  • acoustic shock injury
  • anxiety
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder)
  • GAD (General Anxiety Disorder)
  • depression.
My Tinnitus Management Clinic is run from my practice in Clitheroe, Lancashire and at the Beardwood Hospital, Blackburn, Lancashire
In addition, I work with tinnitus clients from all over the UK as well as much further afield including Australia and New Zealand via Skype
For our clients who come to Clitheroe, we also provide audiological diagnostics (hearing tests, tympanometry etc) with Kate Townsend Poole, an HCPC registered Audiologist & Hearing Aid Dispenser
Another important aspect of work I undertake is training Audiologists - NHS and private sector - in the management of tinnitus. The course is "Counselling Skills & Tinnitus Care Pathway" (CSTCP) and runs as a rolling programme, also held at my practice in Clitheroe, Lancashire.
More details about this training course and my clinic can be found on my other website: www.tinnitusmanagement.co.uk
As the Head of Hearing Therapy Services in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust from 2001 to 2010, I had responsibility for specialist rehabilitative service provision for tinnitus, hyperacusis, and hearing loss. Prior to moving to Lancashire, my Hearing Therapy post was based in Birmingham at a specialist regional centre for deafened people from 1996 - 2001, and prior to working in Birmingham, my first Hearing Therapy post was in Essex.
As a Hearing Therapist, it was my work with tinnitus patients who needed additional help with anxiety issues in particular, that led meto undertake additional training as a Psychotherapist - initially, a 3 year Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, and after leaving the NHS, I completed the MSc in Psychotherapy Studies with the University of Sheffield
Following my 17 year career as a Hearing Therapist in the NHS, I took early retirement from the NHS (28 May 2010) to pursue my interests in greater depth - specifically in helping those with distressing tinnitus and also to undertake more in depth psychotherapy work than my Hearing Therapy role in the NHS allowed for patients who had depression and/or anxiety alongside their distressing tinnitus 
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