Kate Dickinson (Pg Dip, MA Counselling/Psychotherapy)
Hello, thank you for being here. My name is Kate and I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist (PGDip, MA) and have been in practice since 2017. I trained in the therapeutic background of person-centered counselling, meaning my role is not to judge what you share, but offer a space that feels open and safe to talk about what is bothering you right now. I aim for sessions to feel comfortable where you can trust me enough to share your personal experiences. This allows me to best use my professional experience to help you feel less burdened, understand your feelings and reflect on these -in turn creating helpful steps forward in your life. Below I have detailed some of the main areas I specialise in, you can see more areas of expertise further down my profile.
One of the areas I specialise in is grief and loss. We can experience such emotions in many different aspects of our lives, not just following the death of a loved one. I specialise in helping people who may be experiencing grief following a major life change like leaving a job or moving jobs or to another part of the country. I also support those experiencing grief and often mixed emotions following the end of a friendship or a relationship for example. One of my main passions in my counselling practice is to support individuals following a bereavement. Bereavement , depending on the circumstances, can create a huge range of emotions from sadness, anger, confusion to relief etc. My work is to help someone explore these emotions away from friends and family where sometimes, if the loss is shared, we cannot always feel like we can speak honestly about our own emotions. I currently run a Bereavement and Loss workshop at Newcastle University offering students psycho-educational content on what bereavement can feel like and what support we can put in place to help us in our grief. I apply this expertise to my one to one practice as well.
Anxiety can be a hugely detrimental emotion to carry, which can often paralyse us from engaging in certain situations, for example stepping outside of our comfort zone, meeting new people and attending social events. Anxiety is rooted in fear and my job as a counsellor is to help clients to explore this fear, where has it come through and how is it manifesting in their day to day life. I support clients to, at their own pace, work through this anxiety in manageable steps in order to no longer be held back by their anxiety. Often anxiety can be caused by major life events, being bullied, being isolated for a period of time or be due to low self-esteem.
Do you notice experiencing loss of motivation, loss of energy, a feeling of wanting to withdraw or maybe even physical symptoms like poor sleep and loss of appetite? It may be that you are experiencing symptoms of low mood/depression. My role is to help clients uncover a sadness or lull in their lives to help them get back to the person they used to be or through therapy be able to move forward and be the person they are striving to be.
Low self-esteem can occur through a number of reasons including being bullied, the effects of how we have been treated or spoken to not just in our childhood but also our teenage years and adulthood. This can create a story that we tell ourselves such as ‘I am not good enough, I will never be successful’ etc. It is possible through therapy to explore these beliefs and how much, or little, they support us now as adults. Perhaps they used to help you to a certain extent but you know now they are burdening you. Through therapy I work through these beliefs with clients, their origins and how we can move forward in life with a more balanced true story about ourselves.
Engaging in therapy allows:
- A space just for you for 50 minutes a session to honestly speak about what you are carrying around
- A non-judgmental and non-bias space away from loved ones who may not know what to say or how to help
- A place to learn and understand more about why you may be feeling a certain way
- An opportunity to develop a ‘toolkit’ of ways to manage your mental health
- The chance to develop a healthy therapeutic relationship
- An outlet so you no longer have to remain silent with your difficulties
Training, qualifications & experience
Undergraduate degree in Psychology (Northumbria University, Newcastle, 2015).
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PGDip) (University of Cumbria, 2018).
Counselling and Psychotherapy Masters (MA) (University of Cumbria, 2019).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have recently reached the milestone of over 1000 hours of client experience.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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
Relationships with friendship groups
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Initial 30 minute consultation - free of charge
50 minute one to one session - £40.00 per session
I am currently offering video or telephone sessions with a view to re-incorporate face to face work soon in line with Covid-19 guidelines.