John Dickson, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

John Dickson

Kincardine FK10 English
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John Dickson, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

John Dickson

Kincardine FK10 English
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My Approach

I am a mindfulness based psychotherapist with an approach that is rooted in Buddhist psychology with a strong interest how our mental states interact with our nervous systems, driving our experiences (our inner weather) and how we relate. During sessions, I act as welcoming co-journeyer as we feel our way together, into whatever the client brings to our conversations. We figure things out together so that we can understand what drives our patterns of thought and being. Sometimes all that is needed is for me to just listen and 'get' what the client shares. Sometimes though, I may guide the client on an inner journey to meet and help those psychological parts within us that are hurting and possibly at the root of what is getting in your way of a more fulfilling experience of life.

About Me

I have been working as a Leadership and team coach in organisations for over 20 years. I then trained as a psychotherapist, really to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a person, so that I could help them to overcome some of the internal obstacles to being effective and enjoying a more fulfilling experience of being a leader. Many of us can find it difficult to cope with challenges and to find fulfilment in life whether or not they have a recognised mental health issue. I enjoy working with my psychotherapy clients because it is easier to be real with one another and to connect without there being the need to keep up some corporate image of 'having it all together'. My assumption is that everyone deserves to find peace and a sense of well-being in their lives and I am committed to equipping my clients with tools and practices that anchor the insights that may become revealed to both of us on our journey. I bring a compassionate and practical approach to my work as a therapist.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I see depression as a time of potential insight and awakening. It can be a result of becoming dis-illusioned with something or someone. The illusion has begun to fall away. What's next? It can feel debilitating being stuck in a dark void without motivation or direction, but sometimes the way through is not to distract or busy ourselves away from what we are feeling, but to be guided through the core of it. To welcome it as an important period of awakening to something new either in yourself or your life.
Most of us get tangled up in our own minds from time to time. It can often be the result of how we were influenced by the key people in our childhood and how they related to us, which carved habits of thinking and being within us that we didn't choose. Many of these modes of thinking are unhelpful to us as adults and yet they still can drive us and our behaviour. Being supported by a therapist to explore assumptions and patterns can be helpful in enabling clients to break free from the limitations that these patterns impose on how we see our world, relationships and ourselves. This can then open clients to more choice over how to respond effectively to their difficult situations.
Sometimes we find that our perceptions and experiences take us over and drive us to behave in ways we over which we seem to have little control. When our nervous systems become activated as if the past event were about to trigger us again, it can be helpful to activate our witnessing self that can step out of the felt-drama and that can support a more grounded way of being in relation to the triggered reaction. Together we can support that younger version of you who had the misfortune of having to endure the trauma, bringing a love and compassion that was perhaps absent at the time of the original wound.
This challenge can take many forms. I do wonder if at the core of spiritually related issues is a yearning to know ourselves as being part of something bigger. This is not for me a religious issue, but one of identity and feeling at peace with who or what we are in the universe. It can link to depression as we become disillusioned with what we thought life was about or it can be in the form of existential pain as we emerge from an unconscious habitual way of being into something or someone else that we do not yet understand. Having a co-pilot on this journey can ease the sense of isolation and aloneness as we emerge into a fuller form of who we can be.
I have been amazed at what can be achieved working remotely in an intimate 1:1 space of therapy. Even more amazing has been the power and depth of work that can be done simply using the telephone. Not having the visual distraction of looking at the other person means that we can more easily tune in to the other person's voice in our head. Guided visualisations become more intense. Asking and naming what we feel becomes normal as we convey to each other what is arising regarding our inner weather in any present moment. This also opens up the possibility to work with chosen therapists and clients almost anywhere in the world.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Core Process Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Kincardine Office

Springwood House
Kincardine FK10 4AY

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
John Dickson

John Dickson

Kincardine FK10

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