Martin Oakley

Town: Pevensey Bay, Uckfield, Eastbourne, Hastings

Postcode: BN24, TN34, TN22, BN21

Phone: 07813 345224



Counselling near Pevensey Bay

About me and my therapeutic approach to Counselling & Psychotherapy with Clients

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

I truly believe people have an inner core ability and potential, to embrace, to make choices, to make changes for themselves.  Therapy is about offering a safe contained environment, to support people to explore, understand and learn about themselves relating to the problem.

As an experienced Humanistic Therapist, I provide the environment for Clients, to explore what is happening in their world.  I do appreciate entering into therapy is sometimes not an easy thing to do. However, having the opportunity to talk to someone, who really listens, can help make the difference for them, to look at ways of enhancing their life. What is fundamental to support this process, is the ‘Therapeutic Relationship’, needed to exist between the Client and Therapist building a trusting and safe environment without the Client feeling judged or shamed.

As everyone is different, I work in a ‘Relational’ way, using a blend of Counselling and Psychotherapy theories, styles and techniques to support the Client’s process. This allows me flexibility working in a bespoke way that connects with the Client’s needs to gain understanding about themselves.  I also like to incorporate creativity, but this is Client led. eg: Art (images, object & abstract), sand tray and metaphor & images.  This approach allows Clients to find a language to emotions, that still has meaning for them. I work very much with the conscious and subconscious part of the Client, to explore and identify aspects of themselves enhancing self-awareness.

The Counselling & Psychotherapy Theories, Styles & Approaches, I use

CBT, Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Humanistic, Attachment Theory, Creative Therapy, Walk & Talk & Outdoor Therapy.

Client Groups, I work with

Young Adults 16 years (+), Adults, Adult Couples, HR Organisations (Supporting Employees getting back to work),

What issues I can help & support with

  • Abuse (Verbal, Physical, Emotional, Psychological, Sexual, Financial),
  • Anger, Anger-Management, Anxiety & Stress
  • Bereavement, Bullying
  • Career Student Counselling,
  • Depression (mild to moderate), Divorce & Separation
  • Dual Diagnosis [mental health issue & substance misuse habit (not addiction)]
  • Feeling confused, Gender issues,
  • Gender issues (Male, Female, Transgender)
  • Health related issues / condition
  • Intimacy, Life struggles, Loneliness
  • Lack of Confidence, Loss,
  • Low mood, Low Self-Esteem
  • Phobia, Personal Development, OCD,
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Relationship issues, Sexual issues, Sexuality,
  • Self-Esteem, Self-Identity
  • Self-harm, Suicidal thinking
  • Stress,
  • Trauma,
  • Work related stress.

Fees & Costs

Home Studio (Pevensey Bay): individual 1-2-1 £40 per 1 hour session

Home Studio (Pevensey Bay): Couples £70 per 1.5 hours session

Therapy Room (Hastings, Uckfield, Eastbourne): individuals £45 per 50 minutes session

Therapy Room (Hastings, Uckfield, Eastbourne): Couples £75 per 90 minutes session

New’ for 2018: ‘Walk & Talk & Outdoor’ Therapy (subject to location & time & the weather): Individual or Couples £20 per hour. Useful for people thinking about therapy and want to talk through their issues first. Useful for people not wanting to be only restricted to a therapy room. Term & Conditions of contract will need to be discussed before commencing,

Home Therapy (in Client’s own home): For people wanting support without the travelling (subject to locations & confidentiality) Individuals £45 per 1 hour session.


Additional Information

All enquiries or referrals will be assessed in person before mutually agreed between Client & Therapist before commencing into therapy. At this stage, there is no expectation or contract to begin.

The assessment is a free consultation and will last about 30 minutes or can be discussed over the phone instead. After the Assessment has been completed a fee per session agreed will apply.


If you have any queries or require further information about me or the therapy process, please do not hesitate to contact me


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