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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 to audiologists and Specialist Sensory Social Workers; I also continue to lecture at The University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences, as a Guest Lecturer in Tinnitus for their Undergraduate and Postgraduate Audiology courses, since being seconded to the university from my NHS Hearing Therapy practice in 2006

Information about my work in Psychotherapy & Counselling is on a dedicated website (link above)

In 2012, I developed a new on-line Masters level module in Rehabilitation for Audiologists for the University of Manchester (School of Psychological Sciences)

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 - one is developing a manual in tinnitus management for audiologists; the second is formal evaluation of the Tinnitus E-Programme as an online resource

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 for 10 years at the City Lit, London, teaching Hearing Therapists in training, Lipreading Teachers in training and teaching Lipreading to adults with hearing loss
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