Debbie Featherstone MSc Qualifications and background - CBT & Counselling | Tinnitus Specialist in Clitheroe Lancashire UK

Clitheroe Therapies Clinic
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Debbie Featherstone MSc in Psychotherapy Studies, University of Sheffield

Debbie Featherstone MSc DHP(NC)
Based in the heart of Lancashire in central Clitheroe

CRB Enhanced Disclosure Certificate


MSc in Psychotherapy (University of Sheffield)
Post Graduate Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy DHP(NC)
Diploma in Hearing Therapy (City Lit., London)


Member of the National Society of Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists MNSHP
Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists RCCP
Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council CNHC
(My registrations can be checked on-line by clicking on the logos at the bottom of this page - each is linked to the organisation's register)

An Overview

I have many years experience as a therapist, having qualified in 1995 as a Hearing Therapist specialising in the management of tinnitus distress. 10 years on, I further qualified as a psychotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma and since then, I completed a masters (MSc) in Psychotherapy with the University of Sheffield

Beyond the therapy room, I develop courses and provide training for Audiologists (NHS and those in private practice) in Counselling Skills and Tinnitus Management (CSTCP course) including across the five regions of Northern Ireland for N.I. Health & Social Care for both audiologists and Specialist Sensory Social Workers; and since being seconded to The University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences from my NHS Hearing Therapy practice in 2006, I lecture at  as a Guest Lecturer in Tinnitus for their Undergraduate and Postgraduate Audiology courses. Information about my work in tinnitus - Tinnitus Management - is on a dedicated website (link at the bottom right of this page)

I write and deliver advanced education and training courses around Counselling Skills and Tinnitus Management, primarily for post-registered Audiologists; in 2012, I developed a new on-line Masters level module in Rehabilitation for Audiologists for the University of Manchester (School of Psychological Sciences), and soon begin developing new advanced training on behalf of The Ear Foundation

I work closely with tinnitus researchers at the NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) NHBRU (National Hearing Biological Research Unit) and am currently involved in two research projects, being co-author for one of them. The 2nd is PhD research project to evaluate the Tinnitus E-Programme - an online self-help tinnitus management course I launched in 2009   

In addition, and following a presentation I gave in April 2012 at the NHBRU entitled "Tinnitus: Designing Therapy Around the Patient" that focuses upon the importance of the therapeutic relationship in clinical work,  I presented to the BSA (British Society of Audiology) 2012 Conference in September 2012 on "Implications for Practitioners" in the light of new BSA (British Society of Audiology) Guidelines for Audiological Rehabilitation

Medical Legal: most commonly tinnitus management, for medical-legal clients with distressing tinnitus that requires my psychotherapy skills. Medical-legal work is arranged through a client's solicitor, most often following RTAs, and carried out either in the Consulting Rooms at The Beardwood Hospital, Blackburn where I have Practising Privileges, or at the Clitheroe Therapies Clinic in central Clitheroe

My Background

As Head of Hearing Therapy Services based in Burnley and Blackburn at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust for 9 years 2001-2010, my responsibilities were for specialist rehabilitative service provision for NHS patients who have tinnitus, hyperacusis, balance/vestibular disorders and hearing loss

Prior to moving to Lancashire, I was based in Birmingham (1996-2001) and before that, in Epping, Essex (1993-1996). Prior to working in the NHS, my background was in teaching. I was a lecturer at the City Lit, London, teaching Hearing Therapists in training, Lipreading Teachers in training and teaching Speechreading to adults with hearing loss

Tinnitus Management website:

Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists
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