Dr Stella Compton Dickinson
I am ACAT accredited Therapist and Supervisor, UKCP, BACP Reg Psychotherapist and HCPC Reg Music Therapist with twenty years of experience and a PhD research degree in arts based cognitive analytic therapy. CAT is a relational integrative therapy with a good evidence-base that can help in creating positive change towards building sustainable and rewarding relationships.
With twenty years of clinical experience in national health and private hospitals as well as community settings,as well as twelve years of succesful private practice, I can offer safely graduated, evidence-based brief or longer term counselling and psychotherapy for a whole range of psychological problems for people from age 16 to age 90.
I take self- referrals and work for most health insurance companies. I also work collaboratively taking referalls from consultants and physical therapists to help older people, those of all ages who have sufferred mental and/or physical traumas, people suffering with anxiety and/or depression, young people who are preparing to leave home, performing artists and men and women working in finance and business who are suffering work-related stresses and may be seeking to move on.
· Relational Difficulties,
· Work Related Stress Anxiety And Depression
· LGBT and Transgender Issues
· Cancer Patient Post Surgery
· Anger Management
· Eating Disorders
Professionals working in medicine, science, law and media as well as Mums, Dads and troubled adolescents have all benefited from courses of therapy. I provide training therapies and supervision for psychologist trainees, arts therapists psychotherapists, doctors and nurses.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Registered, Accredited by the Standards of Health and Social Care.
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
ACAT Accredited Practitioner..
Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists No.606329
Healthcare Professions (HCPC) registered Music Therapist.
Approved BUPA Provider and with all Health Insurance Companies.
BAPAM Approved Provider to treat Performing Artists.
Awards and Education:
Mental Health Advisor to The Tutu foundation UK
· 2016 Ruskin Medal award winner for the most impactful doctoral research.
· Honorary Fellow and Member of The Institute of Mental Health Nottingham,
· Highly Commended for the‘ Valuing Difference Award’ for providing services for Black and Ethnic Minority Patients, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 2004
· Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
· PhD awarded by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in collaboration with the Health Economics Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
· MSc Mental Health Studies; Guys' and St Thomas' Medical School, Kings College London
· Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy
· Royal Academy of Music. LRAM; ARAM
Continuous professional development
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Can help with spiritual dilemmas and crises within the psychotherapeutic context.
I have a sliding scale of payments depending on circumstances, ranging from £85 for low income to £125. The latter if gross income is above £40,000. I can help performing artists by providing an assesment to various charitable bodies who fund psychotherapy.. Longer assesments with report =£150. Terms and conditions are available at www.stellacompton.co.uk
Free 15 minute phone chat to answer yoru questions,with no further obligation prior to making an appointment.
Rather than delivering a prescriptive treatment I assess and treat each client as unique, with specific needs, which together we can identify and clarify.
I take a non-judgemental, broad minded, empathic and compassionate approach, working within the structured cognitive analytic (CAT) approach, which has been clinically tested in NHS Services. This may include integrative aspects of trauma –based therapy, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural (CBT)and evidence-based arts therapies techniques.
I have twenty years of NHS experience as a Clinical Research Lead and Head of Department, and over the past decade I have established a private psychotherapy service in which my clients’ problems are frequently resolved over a cost-effective, time-limited treatment. I take self- referrals, as well and referrals from top consultants in cancer care and private psychiatric healthcare.
I am registered with all leading healthcare insurance companies. I also receive referrals through the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine( BAPAM) specialising in the performing artists who suffer various forms of performance anxiety or depression.
If you have an arts based background or a creative desire that you have never had a chance to safely express without feeling fearful, judged or exposed, the non-verbal forms of artistic or musical expression may be included within your CAT therapy at your choice. For example:
If you find it difficult to put your thoughts and feelings into words.
If you feel numb and cannot easily access your feeling.
Choosing the right Therapist is important and is vital to a satisfactory outcome.
Your therapy session is time for you to share what you feel safe enough to confide. I recommend an initial consultation with no further obligation unless this feels like the right path for you to take.