For those interested in finding a counsellor for tinnitus, the BTA recently were invited to the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, and we were able to ask any question we liked of David Baguley, their Deputy Director, our President, and former Head of Audiology at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He's probably a familiar name to many of you for his tireless work for tinnitus patients.
We often get asked on our helpline to recommend a tinnitus counsellor or therapist for things like CBT, and we asked David for his advice, because we know that there aren't many counsellors who are specialised in tinnitus.
He said that there is no need for a counsellor to have had specific experience with tinnitus patients, the CBT or counselling would be the most effective treatment for the stress and anxiety around the condition which would in turn benefit the tinnitus. Many, if not all, counsellors are experienced in working with patients with long term conditions, even if they are not familiar with tinnitus. It would be perfectly acceptable to take some literature on tinnitus and ask the counsellor/therapist to read it ahead of any further sessions. If they are willing to do so then go elsewhere and find another who is!
The following two websites can find a whole range of accredited, registered counsellors and therapists:
Hope this helps!
Nic (BTA Communications Manager)