Verity Critchlow

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Dip. Counselling MBACP
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Watford, Herts, WD17
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello my name is Verity, thank you for taking the time to look at my profile and find out about the type of counselling I offer to adults and adolescents.

Counselling is about investing time in yourself and people seek counselling for many different reasons.

You may be experiencing unwanted thoughts and feelings that are having a negative impact on your life or have specific issues you wish to talk about that are affecting you.

As a Gestalt counsellor my approach involves creating a safe and secure space to talk whilst building a therapeutic relationship. I aim to enable you to gain a greater understanding of the issues affecting you and develop your self awareness in order to move forward.

We often develop wounds from relationships but we can also heal within a relationship.

In our sessions I would wish you to feel supported and fully accepted.

It is important to realise that you are not alone in your feelings whether they be loss, guilt, fear, anxiety, shame, anger or sadness.

As a Gestalt therapist I also believe that distressing thoughts and feelings that are held within our body can sometimes lead to negative effects on our health and with this in mind raising awareness and experiencing these feelings in a therapeutic setting can work towards healing and letting go.

If you have anything you would like to ask please call, text or email me and I will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as I can.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling and a University Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

I have regular CPD training, recently completing courses in:

Using Internal Family Systems to heal trauma and addictive processes

Emotional mastery 

Anxiety and Panic Programme

Bereavement with David Kessler

Finding Meaning in Loss

Working with the fallout of narcissistic abuse 

Mindfulness and meditation

Working with trauma in a time of trauma

Being stuck in trauma

Disordered eating

Understanding ADHD

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the ethical framework.

I also have a B.Ed Hons. in education and history.

I worked for many years as a Primary school teacher. I understand the stresses and strains for teachers working in education and the pressures it places on young people in schools.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions are £60

I kindly ask for 24 hours notice to cancel  a session otherwise full payment will be required. I am usually able to reschedule a session for the same week if notified in time. 

When I work

I can be fairly flexible, either with face to face sessions, online or telephone sessions if needed. 

I currently have availability day time and some early evenings.

Further information

I practise at my own therapy room in Watford where there is free parking available.

I have day time and some early evening appointments available. 

I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

Watford, Watford, Herts, WD17

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Verity Critchlow
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