Abigail Waghorn Registered MBACP (Accred)
I can offer you one-to-one personal therapy or couples work. You may have personal issues relating to your self esteem, relationship, problems with anxiety, stress and depression, or you may just feel that your current situation is limiting you. I am an experienced therapist and you won't know if therapy can help you unless you try - it can be difficult though to reach out. You can work with me and I will offer you a safe, supportive space. We can talk things through together. Sometimes we all need to turn to someone who isn't a family member or a friend and who may be able to offer something different. I offer short, medium and long-term counselling and psychotherapy in Watford, Hertfordshire to adults. I also offer couples counselling and am a trained supervisor of counsellors. 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 anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, bereavement, 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. Past experiences can make it seem impossible for us to get what we need.
Once we can understand and make some sense of the foundations of our difficulties then it becomes possible to deal with things differently, make changes and feel better. Dealing with uncomfortable and often complicated or confusing feelings, feeling sad and 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. Contacting a counsellor can be a vital first step.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (Accred)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
Certficate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Centre for Stress Management)
Certificate in Supervision
BUPA/AVIVA/AXAPPP 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
Trained supervisor of counsellors offering individual and group supervision in Watford
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- 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 and Group Supervision
- Where Panic disorder, Anxiety, and/or depression is impacting family life and creating relationship issues
Individual sessions (50 minutes):
Daytime: (before 3pm) £50
Evening (from 3pm): £60
I am able to offer a limited number of concessions for students, those on a low wage or currently unemployed, subject to availability.
(1 hour) : £80
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 undertake regular CPD (continual professional development)
Counsellors: I now have availability to take on new supervisees.. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the possibility of individual or group supervision.
Quiet location in Watford, Hertfordshire
Near Watford Met underground (approx 7 minutes)