Verity Critchlow Dip. Counselling MBACP
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:
Mindfulness and meditation,
Working with trauma in a time of trauma
Being stuck in trauma,
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.
In addition to my private practise I work as a volunteer for Mosaic Counselling Services in St. Albans. This is a community based service offering counselling to those in the local area needing help with emotional well being.
I also work as a part time Primary school teacher. I understand the stresses and strains of working in education and the pressures it places on young people in schools.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are £50
(I can offer reduced rates for those on a low income and concessions for student counsellors and I am happy to discuss your needs)
I kindly ask for 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a session.
Concessions offered for
I am fairly flexible with on line and telephone appointments and currently have availability day time and some evenings.
I practise in Central Watford and St.Albans.
There is free parking at the Watford venue.
I have day time,evening and weekend appointments available in Watford.
I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate.