About me

Hello, my name is Dee Critoph and I am an experienced and registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor helping people with a range of challenges, including Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Shame and Guilt, Addictive, Impulsive and Compulsive Behaviour - like alcohol, food, drugs, sex and internet use, to name a few.

I provide a safe, confidential, professional and non-judgemental service; ensuring a comfortable place to talk, to feel heard, to explore and make sense of anything that may be troubling you.

I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, depending on what seems most advisable.

Working together, we can explore ongoing patterns of behaving and relating to others. You will have the freedom to explore and reflect on every aspect of your life, from some of your earlier life relationships and experiences to what is going on currently in your adult life. Understanding the link between past and present can be very helpful in bringing about new insight and change.

Areas of interest include:

  • Early trauma and its long-term impact
  • Harmful and Destructive Behaviour
  • Identity
  • Sexuality
  • Challenges in Relating to Self and Others

What happens in the first session?

Initially, we would have an introductory session which will give you an idea of what it is like to sit with a therapist. It carries no obligation to commit, deciding the best therapy for you will require some thought and the first meeting will help us with that.

Ongoing sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually held at the same time and day, for a minimum of once per week.

Get in touch

Please call me on 0771 9111 771 or email me at dee@dlc-psychotherpay.com and we can arrange a mutually convenient time for an initial session, where we can talk about what has brought you to seek therapy. If I am unable to take your call please leave a message and provide a number you feel comfortable for me to phone you back on.

*If you send me an email, please check your spam folder if you do not see my reply in your inbox.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked as a therapist in a number of different charitable organisations, however, my private practice is my main work where I aim to provide a reflective space where you can talk, think and explore whatever is on your mind in a safe and confidential environment.

My experience in therapeutic environments extends over 20 years. It includes significant experience in Therapeutic Communities, comprising of working in a homeless community offering an alternative to residential rehabilitation and offering mental and emotional support to people with complex needs. I also have vast experience of working long term with young people and adults suffering from severe emotional difficulties, with disturbing behaviours, criminality and violence.

After a career in social care, I went on to train as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at the Manor House Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, in London. I completed a rigorous British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited training, gaining experience through seminars and clinical practice.

I have undertaken COFRA 121 - StopSo training; a therapeutic programme to help people manage sexual risk and to live more pro-social, satisfying lives.

Additionally, I have completed a two-year-long Infant Observation at the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a Psychiatric Placement.

I continue to embark on professional development, including training at the Tavistock & Portman, looking at psychoanalytic ideas on violence, delinquency and sexual deviation.

I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); working to their code of ethics.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition, I have experience of working with people who are struggling with a wide range of difficulties...

Emotional problems can be experienced in a variety of ways, including:

  • Feelings of emptiness, sadness or depression
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Inability or concentrate or cope
  • Low self-esteem or lack of confidence
  • Sexual problems
  • Difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfactory or destructive relationships
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Stress
  • Addictive or obsessional behaviour - like alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex and internet use
  • Extreme mood swings or frequent anger
  • Relationship issues (both heterosexual and LGBT+)
  • Long term difficulties following loss - such as bereavement, job loss, or a relationship breakdown
  • Work-related issues
  • Physical symptoms and psychosomatic illnesses
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Social shyness or isolation
  • Sleep problems which may include nightmares
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic attacks

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial Consultation: £70

Ongoing Sessions: We can discuss the ongoing fee at our initial consultation.

Availability

Please get in touch for availability.

Further information

The Setting

My private practice is in the heart of St Albans, Hertfordshire. Those seeking therapy are seen in a relaxed, safe, secure room and confidentiality is maintained.

Transport

Train:

St Albans City train station - walking distance.
This Thameslink railway serves many stations including Mill Hill (13 mins), Hendon (16 mins), Cricklewood (21 mins), West Hampstead (24 mins) and Kentish Town (29 minutes).

St Albans Abbey train station - walking distance.
This line takes 15 minutes to get into St Albans from Watford Junction and connects to London Euston.

Underground & Overground: St Albans City Thameslink train line links St Albans to various London Underground stations (on the Jubilee, Northern, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines) including: West Hampstead, Kilburn, Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, St John's Wood, Hampstead Heath and Kensal Rise.

Car: I am situated within easy reach of the A1, M1 and M25.
There is on-street parking and a car park during restriction times.

Bus: St Albans City Centre is well connected on a local bus network with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford as well as routes to the city's suburbs.

Kentish Town
London
NW5

St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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Dee Critoph

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