Woodland Path

Crabtree Therapy

Polly Crabtree - Registered BACP Therapist

Hello and welcome to my website. 


I’m guessing that the fact you found your way to my page means that you are finding life a bit challenging at the moment.


You might be thinking about therapy because of the current circumstances we find ourselves in. Maybe you were thinking about therapy before and now feels like the right time to explore that in more depth. Perhaps you crave a safe place to think about your life and any changes you want to make. Whatever, the reason for your visit I hope that you find what you are looking for here.


You are welcome to take a look around and see if what I offer fits with your needs. I’ve tried to include all of the information that I would find helpful when choosing a therapist to work with. If it seems to you that we might be a good fit, then please fill out my online form (create hyperlink) and we can arrange an initial free 20 minute call to explore options further.


Online Therapy

I work online with people from all over the UK. It's a convenient way to have sessions that fit in with your schedule, without the need to travel. You can be cosy in your own space, wearing your pyjamas and drinking a cup of tea if you like! 

In order for you to undertake online sessions you will need a good internet connection - it should be similar to the speed that you would stream Netflix content on.


I use Zoom to deliver sessions and I know that many people are familiar with Zoom due to its prolific use whilst working from home during the pandemic. However, if you haven’t used it before, you will need to sign up to a free account and familiarise yourself with how it works.



For those who want to get close to nature, I offer walking therapy in parks and woodland local to me. I offer circular walks in the beautiful woodland of the Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted and Tring Park.

Walking therapy has many benefits, both to the process of counselling and to the general health and wellbeing of individuals who undertake it. It is about creating an outdoor environment which is suitable for therapy and may add to the therapeutic process.


It’s often combined with online sessions for those times when it’s not convenient or possible to walk, making it a truly flexible option.



I offer a limited number of face-to-face sessions from my office in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

Audley House, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, Herts,  HP4 1EH

About me

Before I became a therapist I spent 20 years working in business. I started as a fledgling on Tesco’s graduate scheme which was  a full on experience. From there I realised that I liked working with people - A LOT! So I gravitated towards the HR department, building relationships as I went. I worked in small and large organisations and finally in consultancy.


Towards the end of my corporate career I could feel the call of psychotherapy. I’d had an amazing experience of counselling when I’d had some difficulties in my personal life during my 30s. I can remember the incredibly powerful feeling of personal growth during my sessions and thinking that I’d like to offer that to other people. So I took the plunge, enrolling on a beginners course.


Fast forward almost a decade and I’m a fully qualified therapist and running my own private practice. I can honestly say that I love what I do! It can be hard at times but seeing people blossom into who they want to be is incredibly rewarding.

My Clients

I work with the people pleasers of this world. Amazing people who give so much to others, to their family, friends, work colleagues and often strangers, but who are exhausted with very little time or energy left for themselves. By the time they come to me they are often overwhelmed and burnt out.


I work to create a space so they can have some space and time to just be themselves, without fear of judgement. They tell me their story, which I listen to and reflect back to them in a way that helps them to understand themselves better. We then look for the patterns in their behaviour that give rise to the problems. We try to find the root cause of those patterns and release some of the pent up feelings that sit behind them. These are the things that help them to feel better, to feel empowered in their own lives and confident to get back to where they feel they’re in a good place.

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Getting Help

Often life changes so fast that our ability to manage it can’t keep up. Many of my clients find it can be hard to set boundaries in order to get their own needs met, they are exhausted by juggling the many demands life places on them and can be hard on themselves. I help them to see the value that they provide and how to be more compassionate to themselves, not just to others. 


I have worked extensively with people who have experienced the following challenges:


Low Self Esteem


Juggling competing demands

The therapy journey is an exploration of how we are today and how we want to be. I help people to find the tools to live life on their own terms.

Taking the next step

If you decide that you would like to have therapy with me the next step is to complete my initial enquiry form below. I’ll get back in touch with you to let you know of my availability and to organise an initial call.


During the call you’ll have an opportunity to expand on your reasons for wanting to have therapy and I’ll explain a little more about how I work. If it feels like we’re a good fit for each other then we can arrange a time to meet for an initial consultation. During the initial sessions I’ll guide you through some more questions about your background and what you’d like to get out of therapy. We start the work slowly and gently, allowing you to tell your story at your own pace. Once we’ve had 6 sessions together we’ll review things and see if we both feel that the relationship is one that will help you to get the best from your sessions.


I work slowly and steadily in order that you don’t become overwhelmed by therapy, that it doesn’t become just another thing on your to do list but that you get true value from it.


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