Catherine Millican Reg.MBACP (Accred)
It takes courage to ask for help when you are in a painful, difficult, or lonely place. And then, who do you ask? Whether this is the first time you are looking for a counsellor, or you’ve had counselling before, you may feel overwhelmed by choice – there are many therapists out there, with different approaches, and it’s hard to tell who might be right for you.
What will I offer you?
As an experienced, qualified counsellor, I offer you a private time and space, in which, together, we explore and make better sense of whatever is troubling you. It may be relationship difficulties, family issues, work problems, life events, how you feel about yourself, things from the past that still bother you, the big questions in life – or something else.
I am very experienced at establishing a safe and confidential environment in which people feel respected, heard and understood, and safe to talk openly without fear of judgement. I welcome you just as you are, right now.
I offer short-term, time-limited counselling as well as longer term, open-ended counselling. In the first session, we will discuss your goals and what you hope will change as a result of your counselling.
My aims and approach
Rather than tell you what to do, I support you to find your way forward by offering you understanding and alternative perspectives. This can help you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, to find or re-discover your strengths and resilience, to re-connect to your genuine self, and to identify your choices and strategies for change.
My main theoretical base is the person-centred approach. In a nutshell, this means that I accept, value and trust each individual, and believe in everyone’s potential for positive growth and development.
I have also trained in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and SFBT (solution-focussed brief therapy), and can offer a more directed, structured way of working which some people like.
Currently, I work in private practice and also for NHS contracts, receiving referrals from GPs for people who are struggling with depression, anxiety and bereavement. I also receive EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) referrals for a wide range of issues. I work with adults of all ages and from all walks of life.
Please ring, text or email for an initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I adhere to its Ethical Framework for The Counselling Professions. I hold the BACP Certificate of Proficiency and am registered on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and first trained in the Person-Centred approach. I recently gained a Person-Centred qualification for experienced practitioners (called Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression PCE-CfD) from the University of Nottingham. This license is recognized by the NHS and enables me to work within NHS IAPT services.
I hold a Certificate in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for Qualified Counsellors.
Previously I worked in the voluntary sector (at Buckinghamshire Mind Counselling Service and Cruse Buckinghamshire Bereavement Care), and in the corporate sector as an EAP telephone counsellor. I have delivered training to trainee and experienced counsellors.
Training for counsellors is an ongoing requirement of the BACP, and I enjoy doing CPD (continuing professional development).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My experience is not limited to the areas listed above, and my training enables me to work with a wide range of difficulties and different types of distress. If you are not sure if I can help you, please call or email so we can discuss it.
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£50 per session
The first session is for us to meet each other, talk about what brings you to counselling and what you hope to get out of it. There is no obligation to continue.
Each session is 50 minutes. Concessions available. Please ask.
I work from counselling rooms in Watford town centre, with disabled access.
Daytime and evening appointments available.
Car parking is available onsite in the evening, but is limited during the day. There are public car parks nearby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday and Thursday daytime. Thursday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|