Angie Dickson, R.N., Ph.D.  

Angie Dickson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who graduated with her Ph.D. in 1989 from the Professional School of Psychological Studies in San Diego, California. She provides individualized psychotherapy, seminars, resources and intensives to help people learn skills to deal with the various transitions across the life continuum. In the last five years Doctor Dickson was a business partner at Attachment Center West, performing psychological assessments and treatment for attachment disordered children and families. She is certified as an attachment therapist through the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children.            ( ).

Dr. Dickson received training in Neurofeedback from the EEG Spectrum Program. Neurofeedback is a technique in which we train the brain to help improve its ability to regulate all bodily functions and to take care of itself. When the brain is not functioning well, evidence of this often shows up in the EEG (Electroencephalogram). By challenging the brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, we can help your brain learn to function better. This evidenced based intervention has gained prominence in the treatment of the following disorders; Addiction, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Learning Disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relaxation, Sleep Disorders, Attachment Disorder, Autoimmune Dysfunction, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Eating Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury.( )

Dr. Dickson is cofounder of Compassio a program of experiential retreats that promote the integration of the mind, body, spirit and emotions. The focus for these programs is directed toward those who serve the sick or dying. “We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves” (Galileo Galilei).

Dr. Dickson spent many years providing Bereavement support groups for the Aids Services Foundation of Orange County. She has been a speaker at conferences, hospitals and agencies concerned with issues surrounding Loss and Grief.

 In the early 1990’s Dr. Dickson was an affiliate staff member at College Hospital, Costa Mesa, Ca. where she was a member of their interdisciplinary Pain Management Program. She worked with individuals, groups and families using a Cognitive-Behavioral Model, to assist clients deal more effectively with physical losses resulting from either injury or illness. This work included teaching clients how to manage their addictive processes which resulted from prescribed medication. These experiences provided Dr. Dickson opportunities to evaluate for duel diagnosis. She is skilled in assessment and treatment of the psychological factors affecting physical conditions.

Dr. Dickson coordinated the Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant for counseling to support the community involved in the 1993 Laguna Beach CA. Firestorm. She coordinated the delivery of Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, which were designed to decrease future occurrences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, resulting from profound loss. There she accessed the community through it’s artistic culture and provided a variety of Expressive Art Therapy programs to more effectively move individuals and groups through their Loss and Grief. As a result of this experience, she completed the Professional Training Program in the Expressive Arts in Southern California.

Dr. Dickson obtained her Bachelors Degree in 1978 from the University of Texas in San Antonio, TX. She obtained her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 1982 from the University of California, San Francisco, graduating as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology. As a nurse for over twenty five years, she has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient care settings. She has had hands on experience as a Registered Nurse working with the Hospice population at both the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. and the Hospice of Marin, in Northern California. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology she was responsible for the development of two hospital based Oncology Units, in Southern California. She has extensive experience as an educator to both professionals and the public, concerning pain management, cancer prevention and treatment. 

She was a Flight Nurse in the Air Force Reserves for over Twenty years, her last assignment before retiring was in support of Desert Storm in 1991. Dr. Dickson, severed on active duty from 1971 to 1974, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The remaining 16 years were spent as a Reservist in the Air Force, as a Flight Nurse Instructor, stationed at Kelly Air Force Base, TX., Travis Air Force Base and Norton Air Force Base both in California.  She was responsible for the care and safety of patients and millions of dollars worth of equipment aboard the C-130, the C-141 and the C-9 aircraft. She has evacuated clients by air from remote sites in Alaska, the Philippines, Panama, Japan, Okinawa, Quam and the Hawaiian Island. She received several Commendation Medals for her performance as an Instructor Flight Nurse and as an Officer in charge of Continuing Education.


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