S. Compton Dickinson

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PhD KCL/ARU Mental health research, cognitive analytic model
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London SE1 & Grange-Over-Sands LA11
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

 Additional to our usual services, I have developed an individually tailored blended programme of face to face and remote access sessions. Meeting either at the London Bridge venue or in Grange over Sands. ( This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with easy access by train). The two day cumbrian stay is for those who need some time out to de-stress. self reflect and re-set, whilst feeling safe rather than lonely or anxious. The walk /talk nature based sessions are an exercise in mindfulness in which to explore yourself and the world around you. You will have plenty of privacy and personal choice, as well as access to fine dining establishments, traditional tea shops and country pubs in which to relax . The structured one hour walk /talk sessions take place along the coastline and in low lying fells.  Initial assessments are conducted online, or by meeting at the London or Grange over Sands rooms.

Private Consultations: therapy sessions, clinical and research supervision continue to be available nationally and internationally via the zoom app. 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, and fifteen years of successful 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 I am registered with most health insurance companies.( excluding BUPA) I also work collaboratively taking referrals from consultants and physical therapists to help people of all ages who have suffered mental and/or physical traumas, people suffering with anxiety and/or depression, carers suffering burn out, 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

·      Bereavement

·      Addictions

·      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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Music Therapist
Can help with spiritual dilemmas and crises within the psychotherapeutic context.

Recent Publication: This chapter is the first chapter on how to measure empathy in Music Therapy. The citation for the work is:

Compton-Dickinson, S. & Jolliffe, D. (2021). Enhancing empathy amongst mentally disordered offenders with music therapy.In D. Jolliffe & D. P. Farrington (Eds.), Empathy versus offending, aggression and bullying: Advancing knowledge using the basic empathy scale. (pp.142-154). Abingdon: Routledge.
Here are the links via Routledge and amazon ( Routledge give an nice explanation)
It is much cheaper as an ebook.
. https://www.routledge.com/Empathy-versus-Offending-Aggression-and-Bullying-Advancing-Knowledge-using/Jolliffe-Farrington/p/book/9780367253745


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£60.00 - £125.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I have a sliding scale of payments depending on circumstances,  and provide an initial complimentary 15 minute phone call to answer questions at a mutually convenient time.  Fees range from  £85 for low income to £125. The latter if gross income is above £40,000.  I provide  remote access sessions by Zoom and also a blended treatment of zoom and face to face.  In special circumstances zoom for £60 to help performing artists by providing an assessment report for funding from charitable bodies. Longer assessments with report =£150. Terms and conditions are available at www.stellacompton.co.uk  
Free 15 minute phone chat to answer your questions,with no further obligation prior to making an appointment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

15-minute complimentary initial phone consultation. Clinics On line and blended programmes face to face at Guy's Hospital, London Bridge.  Crouch End, N8 and Grange over Sands, LA11

Further information

Private Consultations: therapy sessions, clinical and research supervision continue to be available nationally and internationally via the zoom app. I will be providing a blended programme going forward. 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.

Keats House, Guys Hospital, 24-26 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, Greater London, SE1 9RS

Nutwood Medical Practice, Kents Bank Road, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6DP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Both clinic venues are on direct public transport links, providing disabled access. Please see my website for details or call me on 0345 340 4878. I provide directions if you decide to book an initial consultation with no further obligation.

Additional languages

basic French


In person

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