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Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling in St Albans, Hertfordshire


My name is Dee Critoph and I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor based in the heart of St Albans, Hertfordshire.


My psychotherapy and counselling practice in St Albans is close to Hemel Hempstead, Elstree & Borehamwood, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Watford and within easy reach of many areas of North West London including West Hampstead, Mill Hill, Cricklewood, Kilburn, Finchley, Hampstead Heath, Hendon, Swiss Cottage, St John's Wood, Kentish Town and London St Pancras (Kings Cross).


How can I help?

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 seeking help from a counsellor. 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.

Within my private practice I offer short, medium or long term psychotherapy and counselling, depending on what seems most advisable. We would have an introductory session to see how we get on and to discuss what therapy might best suit you.


Psychotherapy and Counselling in St Albans

I have extensive experience of working with people suffering from a wide range of difficulties, which includes anxiety and depression, stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues, panic attacks, addiction, trauma and its impact, abuse, anger, sexuality, identity and long term difficulties following loss or bereavement.


Emotional problems can be experienced in a variety of ways...

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


  • How can Psychotherapy and Counselling help you?

    As a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor I would work to help you manage and make sense of your feelings, moods, behaviour and motivations in many ways, by:

      Helping you understand and resolve your difficulties by increasing awareness of your inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. Through engaging with you in a therapeutic relationship, the relationship itself becomes a therapeutic tool for the enhancement of your self-discovery and any problems arising from closeness with another person can then be experienced and addressed directly.

      Listening attentively and reflecting back my own understanding of what you are bringing, and working with you to reach a deeper understanding of the causes of your distress.

      Helping you explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions, wishes, fears, memories and dreams; in order to gain an understanding of unconscious processes which take place in our minds and gets expressed in our relationship with ourselves and others.


    Additionally:

    Through an understanding that developmental stages in childhood can remain part of us. That, our early experiences are important in shaping the way our minds work and if difficult experiences have occurred during these times, then under stress we can revert to ways of thinking and behaving which belong to that earlier time.

    Psychodynamic training requires that trainees undergo their own psychotherapy, and this ensures a deeper level of awareness and understanding of their own unconscious and defences, and acts as a safeguard for therapeutic work.


    "Psychotherapists are trained from their weaknesss; all other professions build on their strengths". - Nina Coltart


    People typically travel to my St Albans psychotherapy and counselling practice from Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, Elstree & Borehamwood, Hatfield, Watford and many areas of NW London.


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