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Dr Damien Pearse

Psychology Services
Tel: 01424 232875


Shame and self criticism

Most people live with a version of the "I'm not good enough" story. For some people these stories can feel quite crushing and are made worse by relentless self-criticism. My approach has a strong focus on enhancing self-compassion and lifting shame, using evidence-based compassion-focused therapies.



The impact of trauma can have a profound and debilitating impact on an individual's life. Whether we experience chronic trauma or discrete traumatic events, the consequences can be far-reaching and extremely distressing. I am trained in specialist trauma-focused approaches, including EMDR and trauma-focused CBT. 



When you are in the grip of low mood and depression, life often feels bleak and hopeless. We lose motivation. We then tend to get into a pattern of behaving and self-criticising which perpetuates the problem. A compassion-focused behavioural approach can provide motivation to reconnect with a life worth living.   


Anxiety and Stress

Symptoms of anxiety and trauma can be distressing and impact life at work, home and socially.  I have worked in specialist services for anxiety and trauma and can support you to make sense of your symptoms and lead a fuller and more meaningful life.  

Therapy Sessions
My Approach

As a senior registered psychologist, I have a particular focus on certain evidence-based therapies. These include trauma-focused approaches, such as EMDR and Trauma-focused CBT and what are known as third wave CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). All of these approaches can be offered online or face-to-face and are geared towards enhancing skills and resilience to cope with distressing experience. There is a strong focus on consciously and actively moving towards a life that feels meaningful - despite painful feelings, thoughts and memories. 

About me

I am a senior registered counselling psychologist with several years of experience within specialist NHS services and in private practice. I see clients privately, either remotely, or from a consulting room at my home in Hastings. I accept insurance referrals. In my past life I was a journalist for various leading media organisations.

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It can be quite a big step to reach out for help, especially if you are anxious, ashamed, stressed or depressed. Why not give me a call to discuss ways I might be able support you moving forward? You can call me on 01424 232875.  Otherwise, email me at or on the form below to arrange an initial assessment meeting. 








Anger Management


I came to Dr Pearse burned-out, depressed and pretty hopeless. He supported me to see a way forward and gave me techniques to manage my anxiety and insomnia

Sam T, aged 47

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