Abigail Waghorn Registered MBACP (Accred)
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)
Diploma 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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 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.
Evening sessions (1 hour) : £80
Daytime sessions (1 hour) : £70
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 now 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
Near Watford Met underground (approx 7 minutes)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
As well as daytime sessions, I am able to offer sessions in the evenings.
Types of client
|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.