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Watford Women’s Centre is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all women in our community. As part of this commitment, we provide low-cost therapy for women over the age of 18 and a space where you can talk to specialist female therapists in a safe and supportive environment. We can offer you weekly counselling for up to 1 year or short-term focused counselling.


Why therapy?

All women experience difficulties at some points in their lives and can feel overwhelmed, challenged and alone. Talking to a counsellor can help you to; see things more clearly, help you to cope differently with situations, or support you through a period of crisis. Perhaps you need help to make difficult choices and changes or look at destructive patterns.


You can explore many issues with your counsellor such as depression – anxiety -relationship difficulties, past or present abuse, substance misuse, and bereavement.


How much does it cost?

We offer a good quality low-cost counselling service for women at affordable fees that are much lower than private counselling.  Our fees are based on ability to pay and are subject to review.  They range from £15 to £35 per week. If you have to cancel a session with less than 24 hours’ notice you will be charged.  We have a small number of lower-cost slots available for women.


Our service is staffed by both qualified and experienced therapists and trainees who are working towards their British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registration


For counselling to be effective, it is important that you attend every week, apart from emergencies and agreed holidays.  At your assessment we will ask you for your availability; you will need to think about days and times you can make every week.   


I am interested what do I do now?

If you are interested in receiving counselling and a woman over 18 years of age, please call 01923 816229. To access our counselling service, you will need to book an assessment.  You can do this by phone or in person.   We charge £15 for an assessment.  There is a high demand for our services so, at times, you may have to wait several weeks for an assessment.  We will try to match you with a counsellor as soon as possible.  This will depend on our waiting list.  In some cases, the assessor may feel that our service is not the most appropriate service for you.  If this is the case, she would discuss alternatives. Our service is not suitable for anyone who is actively psychotic, has a current serious mental illness, or a person whose needs could be met more fully by a specialist agency or treatment centre.



We take confidentiality very seriously and ALL client information is treated in confidence. We do not disclose verbal or written information without your consent. The exception is when we would be legally compelled to do so, or when a member of the service believes the client is at serious risk of harm to themselves or others.

Is therapy RIGHT FOR ME?


If you are unsure if counselling is right for you, please call us to talk it through with our therapeutic service co-ordinator. 


Call 01923 816 229


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Volunteer Counsellor Placements

If you are a second year student, and are looking for a placement, please complete the Application Pack and email it to the Counselling Leads