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Debbie Featherstone MSc

Debbie Featherstone MSc

Hearing Therapist & Psychotherapist

Based in the heart of Lancashire

I have extensive training and experience working as a Hearing Therapist (specialist clinician in tinnitus management, hearing loss and balance rehabilitation), Psychotherapist & Clinical Hypnotherapist. Prior to opening my clinic in Clitheroe in September 2010, I worked in the NHS for 17 years

My qualifications and registrations


MSc in Psychotherapy with Merit (University of Sheffield)

DHP(NC) Post Graduate Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy with Distinction (NCHP)

Diploma in Hearing Therapy (City Lit., London)


Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists (Hearing Therapy) RCCP

Member of the National Society of Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists MNSHP

Registered as a Hypnotherapist 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)

CRB Checked: Full CRB Enhanced Disclosure

History of Professional Body Offices whilst working in the NHS

BAA (British Academy of Audiology) Executive Board

BAA Professional Development Committee

BAA Chief Auditor for Continuing Professional Development

Chair BAA Professional Development Committee

National and International Lectures & Workshops

June 2014
British Academy of Audiology Student Conference (Nat) Main Speaker: "Working with Non-routine Patients"

Sept 2012       
British Society of Audiology (Nat) Main Speaker
"Practice Guidance Principles of Adult Rehabilitation: Implications of the Priciples for an Individual's Practice"

April 2012       
National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, Nottingham: Seminar Series Main Speaker: “Tinnitus – Designing Therapy Around the Patient”

May 2011       
NHS Scotland: Starkey Innovation Day (NHS Scotland Heads of Audiology) Main Speaker: “Innovation and Change”

March 2008    
RNID National Study Day (Nat) “Group Work and Tinnitus”

March 2008    
ATLA National Training (Nat) “Management of Patients with Tinnitus”

April 2008                         
Phonak iLearn (Int) “Working with Groups i
n a Clinical Setting”

April 2007  
Phonak iLearn (Int) “Change Management”          

Hearing Therapy Forum (Nat) “Case Studies Workshops” – Various topics


RNID – Royal National Institute for the Deaf
ATLA – Association of Teachers of Lipreading
Phonak iLearn – Worldwide Web Live lectures for professionals in Audiology, also in recorded format thereafter
Hearing Therapy Forum Workshops held at Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital, London

External Lectures & Courses

Starting January 2016

External Trainer with Health & Social Care Northern Ireland

Counselling Skills & Tinnitus Care Pathway (CSTCP)

2010 - present
Counselling Skills & Tinnitus Care Pathway (CSTCP) - A Course for Audiologists
8 day training course delivered to NHS and private sector Audiologists over 8 - 9 months in partnership with the North West School of Audiology

2006 - 2012

Lecturer at University of Manchester
Teaching BSc and MSc Audiology students - Tinnitus Management and Rehabilitation in Audiology; Masters level specialist course development in Aural Rehabilitation and Tinnitus Management

Collaborative Research

2012 - 2015
NIHR NHBRU UK Validation of a new questionnaire measure of tinnitus functioning and disability
2013 - 2016
NIHR NHBRU Evaluation of formal self-help programmes using person-led or eHealth approaches to tinnitus management

Other Professional Interests

2004 - present
Provision of national interactive forum for Hearing Therapists
2009 - present
Provision of Tinnitus E-Programme: a worldwide tinnitus management resource for professionals and the public, including a moderated on-line Support Forum
2011 - present
Member of NSHP Ethics Panel. NSHP is a member organisation of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)

Debbie Featherstone
Clitheroe Therapies Clinic
3 Castlegate

Tel: 01200-538411

Mob: 07547-796213

Psychotherapy & Counselling


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 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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