Dr Stella Compton Dickinson: Psychotherapy

Dr Stella Compton Dickinson



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Specialises in

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy

About me

Stella Jean Compton Dickinson (GSMD 1993-1995 Music Therapy) (KCL MSc. graduate 2003) was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in October 2015 in a ceremony at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, for her ten year NHS based research in music psychotherapy: A Feasibility Trial of Group Cognitive Analytic Music Therapy in Secure Hospital Settings.

Her research studies were made possible through collaboration between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience King’s College London with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Stella's project was the first randomised controlled manualised Music Therapy Patient Preference Trial to be implemented in a national high secure hospital. The results demonstrated statistically significant improvement in favour of the treatment arm in how patients related to others, with improvements in relating sustained at eight week follow-up. A higher percentage of treatment participants moved to on to conditions of lower security over a shorter period of time than those in control.

Funding for the research project was awarded from the Invest to Innovate Fund, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, where Stella held the post of Head of Arts Therapies and Clinical Research Lead in Forensic Arts Therapies from 2001-2013.

Areas of interest

I provide tailored, integrative treatments for each individual based on my twenty years of clinical experience, knowledge and skills. I have successfully treated major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bereavement, eating disorders, substance misuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major trauma and alcohol / drug dependency.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gynaecological disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Oncology
  • Pain management
  • Psychophysiological disorders
  • Physical disability

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Procedures completed

  • AA034

    Psychotherapy session - (>50)

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