Corinne Dickson - BSc (Hons), MSc, UKCP Reg.
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Choosing a therapist or counsellor can be a difficult and confusing process so, if you have any questions you can contact me confidentially either by email or by phone.
My phones are usually on silent so as not to interrupt a session with a client. However, they both have an answering service so leave a message, with your name, number and possible times for me to call back.
I will return your call or reply to your email within two working days.
As with many people these days, I reached a point in my life where the job I had was no longer challenging or fulfilling. So I set out on a journey of discovery, both academic and personal, which has been demanding and challenging at times, but which also has the great reward of being able to witness and be a part of the healing journey that others are making. Sometimes the way can be deeply troubling and emotionally painful for people, but there is also healing, peace, comfort, joy and new beginnings to be discovered and experienced.
I am constantly reminded of our amazing ability to heal from the pain and distress that is so often part of life.
Along the way I have gathered academic qualifications in counseling and psychotherapy and additional training which includes Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also have experience of working in a variety of settings with many different people and issues.
I began with voluntary work for Cruse Bereavement Care where I saw many people who were facing the pain of loss, whether that was through natural causes or some kind of traumatic event. During my time with Cruse I worked as a bereavement support worker, a member of the Crisis team, bereavement support group facilitator and as a supervisor.
This was followed by several years working in NHS adult psychology departments where I met people who were facing difficulties such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), abuse, childhood trauma, relationship difficulties and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When I started up in private practice I also worked part time in a therapeutic community that provides long-term residential support and therapy for adults with severe emotional disorders.
On many occasions I have provided on-site counselling support to employees following a Critical Incident. These are typically traumatic events such as armed robberies, serious accidents at work and sudden, unexpected death.
I have now been in private practice for more than 12 years. My office-based sessions are held in the attractive setting of Queen Square in Leeds city centre. My rooms are comfortable, confidential and quiet. Equine facilitated sessions are held at a riding school in Bramhope, whenever possible these are outside so that nature itself contributes to the therapeutic process.
Queen Square is easily accessible by car and public transport. There are 3 car parks within a 2 minute walk, the train station is about a 12 minute walk away and there are many bus stops within easy reach.
Parking is available at the riding school in Bramhope. The X84 bus stops in Bramhope and then there is about a 20 minute walk to the farm.
Who I work with:
I work with individuals, couples and occasionally groups. The work is either short or long term depending on the client's needs.
Once we've agreed a mutually convenient appointment, your first session is an opportunity to meet me, to answer any remaining questions you have about counselling and for you to begin speaking about what brings you to counselling. We may also discuss practical issues such as the frequency of sessions, the number of sessions and the method of payment. During this session we will start building a relationship of trust and safety that is an important part of the work.
In subsequent sessions my role is to listen to you and to respond in ways that help move you towards resolution and healing. All sessions are confidential.
I am committed to high standards of professional and ethical practice.
The following quote (and the the two below) is included with the writer's permission and the client's full name is not included so as to retain anonymity.
"After years of being a 'successful high achiever' within a toxic work environment I eventually hit the proverbial wall when I was knocked for six by health issues followed by a family bereavement. Even then I soldiered on using rest and exercise and good friends as my aids to recovery. But when my family situation took another sudden blow I conceded I needed help. Life felt completely out of control. My fabric was unravelling like never before.
My sessions with Corinne provided me with a safe space to say things I couldn't / daren't say elsewhere. Corinne listened respectfully regardless of what I needed to say. She made expert interventions to remind me, even in my bleaker moments that there was no rush. That it was ok to take time to recover. She helped me recognise when I was getting stronger. She gave me hope when I was scared."
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a psychology degree I studied counselling and then integrative psychotherapy.
In addition, I have training in:
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR please see below)
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP please see below)
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
Pg Dip Applied Psychology
BSc Hons Psychology
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Human Equine Alliance and Learning (HEAL) accredited Facilitator
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
EMDR Association UK
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual sessions of 60 minutes are £55
Payment is by cash or cheque per session
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a recognised therapy recommended on the NICE guidelines for treatment of trauma and there are a large number of research studies showing its effectiveness. Although originally developed to help resolution of major trauma it is now widely used for many different problems, including anxiety, depression and loss.
I have been an accredited EMDR practitioner since 2005 and have found it to be a very valuable approach with many clients.
You can also find more general information by selecting 'EMDR' under Types of therapy on the Getting Help tab and by visiting the EMDR UK & Ireland website.
Testimonial: (included with permission)
"I had reached a cross roads in my life and truly believed that my life could not go on. I approached Corinne as a last resort. I considered that I was beyond help and that I was stuck in a desperate situation.
Luckily I was proved wrong. After meeting Corinne, there was an almost immediate change. I was able to acknowledge that the world was not black and white and that crucially I had options. The process took time; we spent months building a platform of stability in order for me to be in a position to deal with the trauma that had caused the almost irreparable damage.
Eventually I was stable enough to deal with the trauma via EMDR therapy; a therapy which has been widely acknowledged as an effective treatment for trauma. Just over a year on, my life has turned around. I didn't believe that I would ever be in this position. I have landed my dream job and met my future husband. Working with Corinne enabled me to turn my life around. I don't think I would be here now, if I had not met Corinne and I am very proud that I have become a success story."
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Essentially this is a therapy session outdoors, weather permitting, with a horse and a human therapist. Through spending time and working with the horse you can learn about yourself, your relationships and experience deep emotional healing. You don't need any horsemanship skills prior to starting the sessions and all the work is done with your feet firmly on the ground.
I have been trained by Leigh Shambo of HEAL (Human Equine Alliance and Learning) in Washington, USA. Leigh has developed a way of working with the horses that is supported by research evidence. If you would like to know more about this form of therapy then why not visit the HEAL website, www.humanequinealliance.org.
You can also find more general information by selecting 'Equine assisted therapy' under Types of therapy on the Getting Help tab.
Testimonial: (included with permission)
"Equine therapy has been an amazing experience for me. I was a completely blank canvas, I knew nothing about horses or equine therapy. To be working closely with a horse, and successfully communicate, has been such a privilege and revelation. There was a moment in the early sessions where my world just skewed slightly and lots of things fell into place.
Communicating with the horse has helped me re-evaluate how I communicate and react to people and situations. That wonderful moment when you recognise you are actually in tune with the horse is so satisfying. This has had an effect on all my relationships with family, friends and work situations. It is hard to describe how equine therapy has had such a positive effect on my life."