Dee Critoph

Dee Critoph

St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3LF

07722 477032

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St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3LF

07722 477032

About me

I understand how life can come to feel too much at times and talking to those close to you can sometimes prove difficult, leaving you feeling anxious and alone. At times like these you may start to think about selling help. 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.

For planned short term counselling (say, 6-18 sessions) we can focus on a particular problem or stage in life, for instance, feeling unhappy, a bereavement or loss, problems at work, wanting a serious conversation with your partner/family member/friend, or you might feel stuck in a rut and not see how to make changes and move forward.

In longer term therapy we can work together more deeply, exploring 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.

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.

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 15 years. After a career in social care, I went on to train as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at the Manor House Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MHCPC), 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 continue to embark on professional development, including training at the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF), undertaking a two year long infant observation.

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

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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
  • Extreem mood swings or frequent anger
  • 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

Photos & videos

  • Consulting Room

Fees

Initial Consultation: £50

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

Depending on your financial circumstances I do offer some reduced fee places, which we can discuss at our first appointment.

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.

Underground & Overground: West Hampstead (Jubilee line & London Overground) to many stations including 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 ample low cost parking within the various car parks in the city centre.

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.

Get in touch

Please call me on 07722 477 032 or email me at dee@dlc-psychotherapy.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.

Maps & Directions

St Albans, AL1 3LF

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

There is ample parking within the various car parks in the city centre.

Availability

Please get in touch for availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults