Dee Critoph

Dee Critoph

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
0771 9111 771

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Therapist - St Albans

St Albans AL3
0771 9111 771
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  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

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. 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 and not see how to make changes and move forward. In longer-term psychotherapy we can work together more deeply, exploring ongoing patterns of behaving and relating to yourself and others.

Current issues easily stir up feelings from the past of which we are not always consciously aware, and which get in the way of us living fulfilled lives. Psychodynamic therapy aims to assist you in exploring, experiencing, unravelling and understanding your true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. 

During the therapy, we will also explore some of your earlier life relationships and experiences. It can be difficult to understand how early experiences can affect you later in life but these can affect us a great deal in terms of how we relate to others and ourselves.

Practice description

Experience & Expertise:

My experience in therapeutic environments extends over 18 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.

Training & Qualifications

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 continue to embark on professional development, including undertaking a two-year infant observation at the British Psychotherapy Foundation. 

My first session

The first step - what can I expect?

I understand how seeking therapy can feel daunting, but it is the first step.

Please contact me by phone or email and we can arrange a mutually convenient time for an initial consultation, where we can discuss what is troubling you now and gain a wider picture of your life.

This initial meeting 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 initial session 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.


Initial Consultation: £65

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

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited