Abigail Waghorn Registered MBACP (Accred)

Abigail Waghorn Registered MBACP (Accred)



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About me

Dealing with uncomfortable and often complicated or confusing feelings, or living through difficult events may have brought you to a point where you would like to talk to someone who isn't a friend or one of the family. I offer short, medium and long-term counselling and psychotherapy in Watford, Hertfordshire to adults and I also offer couples counselling. Sessions can be daytime or evening (daytime appointments are charged at a lower rate). Sessions are generally on the same day and at the same time. For individuals they are normally weekly but these sessions are for you and so I always try to be as flexible as I can. For couples counselling it may not be necessary to be seen every week. Each case is different and we can discuss your needs in our first session.

My commitment to you is to offer a safe, supportive environment and, being an Integrative Counsellor, I am able to draw on many different therapeutic approaches. Many of my clients come with relationship issues, family issues, bereavement, anxiety, depression, anger issues and stress but there is a fuller listing below of the other issues I work with. Underpinning all my work is a belief that we can all learn to help ourselves in order to manage and make the most of whatever life throws our way. Sometimes we feel stuck though. Sometimes we don't know which way to turn.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (Accred)

in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

Certficate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Centre for Stress Management)

Certificate in Supervision

BUPA approved therapist - http://finder.bupa.co.uk/Consultant/view/214768

Anxiety and Stress Management training (Centre for Stress Management, London)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy training

Trained Bereavement Counsellor (South West Hertfordshire Bereavement Service, Peace Hospice, Watford)

Relaxation skills training and Mindfulness

Affiliated member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology

In the late 80s I underwent training with the Terrence Higgins Trust in London and since then I have held a commitment to people who are in need of varying degrees of support.
Along with seeing a wide variety of clients in my private practice for counselling in Watford, I have worked with people from all walks of life and in various settings in Hertfordshire including the Community sector, Watford Womens Centre and Herts Youth Service. I have also worked in the charity sector as manager of Signpost counselling service in Watford, and for several years I was a volunteer Bereavement counsellor for South West Hertfordshire Bereavement Service based at The Peace Hospice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Sexuality
  • Cross-dressing
  • LGBT*Q - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans people and those Questioning their identity
  • Family relationship issues
  • Cross cultural relationships
  • Performance Anxiety (actors, teachers, public speaking, musicians...)
  • Feeling 'Stuck' - unable to make sense of your life
  • Relationship issues where anger management is a problem
  • A bereavement, either recent or some/many years ago 
  • Career counselling
  • Mid-life crisis


Individual sessions (50 minutes):
Our first assessment meeting (with no obligation): £35 (daytime) £45 (evening)
This is an opportunity to talk with me about the issues that have led you to seek counselling and decide if you would like to continue having regular sessions. This can be a very valuable first step.

Then if we agree that further sessions with me could be beneficial and you would like to come regularly, the charges per session will be:
Daytime: (before 4pm) £50
Evening (from 4pm):  £60

I am able to offer a limited number of concessions for students, those on a low wage or currently unemployed, subject to availability.

Evening sessions      (1 hour)  : £80
Daytime sessions      (1 hour) :  £70

Further information

Enhanced CRB check and fully insured.
I attend regular supervision, in line with BACP requirements, to support my work and further my professional development.
I also attend regular CPD (continual professional development)

Counsellors: I have availability to take on new supervisees.. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the possibility of my supervising your client work.

Quiet location in Watford, Hertfordshire
Easy Parking
Near Watford Met underground (approx 7 minutes)

Maps & Directions

Watford, WD18

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


As well as daytime sessions, I am able to offer sessions in the evenings and have some availability at weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Please feel free to call and discuss your needs, as then you can get a sense of whether you might like to meet in person.

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