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 counselling for women over the age of 18 and a space where you can talk to female counsellors in a safe and supportive environment. Our service is staffed mainly by trainee therapists who are working towards their British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registration. We can offer you weekly counselling for up to one year or short-term focused counselling.
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, cope differently with situations, or support you through a period of crisis. Perhaps you need help to make difficult choices and changes or to look at destructive relationship 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 for private counselling. Our fees are based on income and are subject to review. They range from £15 to £40 per week. Our cancellation policy is that if you give us 24 hours’ notice that you need to cancel a session, you do not have to pay, but you do have to pay if you give less than 24 hours’ notice.
Please bear in mind that 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.
Is counselling right for me?
If you are unsure if counselling is right for you, look at the WWC Counselling Offer and then read section below.
I am interested, what do I do now?
If you are interested in counselling, you need to complete this REGISTRATION FORM. This is a not an assessment form. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence.
- Please note, we are a women only counselling service, working with women aged 18 and above.
- Please be aware that completing this survey is not a guarantee that we will be able to offer you a counselling assessment.
We will contact you within ten working days to let you know the next steps.
We charge £20 for an assessment. As there is a high demand for our services, you may have to wait several weeks for an assessment. We will try to match you with a counsellor as soon as possible, but again, this might take several weeks, depending on our waiting list and your availability. 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.
Thank you for your enquiry about counselling. Our waiting list is currently closed due to high demand. Please check back in April for Updates.
In the meantime, you may be interested in our wellbeing and personal development courses: https://wwcplus.org.uk/personal-development-courses.php
The NHS is encouraging anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help through the NHS Talking Therapies services. Your GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself online at nhs.uk/talk or you can click here: www.hpft-talkingtherapies.nhs.uk
Other local low cost counselling services may have spaces available
Counselling placements available!
We are a women-only counselling service offering long term (up to a year) low cost (£15-£40) counselling to women aged 18 and over. If you are passionate about supporting women and are in your second year of a Level 4 Diploma course (or higher) and already have some client hours/are looking for a second placement, we would like to hear from you. We ask that you have counselling experience before you join us because of the complexity of the women we work with.
Please click here for Placement information for applicants.
Please click here to download an application form and email it to our Counselling Lead, Amanda
What our placement counsellors say about a placement with WWC
“A placement at Watford Women's Centre is the perfect mix of rich, diverse client work within a supportive environment. During my placement, the service manager and supervision has been best-in-class - with access to seasoned professionals with huge expertise within their practise areas. I have always felt part of a well-organised team - with a clear understanding of service process and protocols. If you are looking for a placement, look no further than Watford Women's Centre - a wonderful place to hone your skills.” NB, May 2022
“I began volunteering for Watford Women's Centre in September 2020 when I was entering my final year of a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling. Before being assigned clients I attended 2 supervision sessions which allowed me to get a feel for how counsellors work and it allowed me to feel integrated, safe and part of a group from the very beginning. Once completed I was assigned 3 clients which at the height of Covid were remote clients. I found the client assessments thorough and was able to talk over the clients before I had even met them with Amanda which felt reassuring and holding. I had fortnightly supervision for two hours which was really beneficial to be able to talk through the presenting client challenges, how I felt and the work with the client which I could take forward. What I love at WWC is the fact that clients are offered at least a year of weekly sessions which means the work I am able to do with the clients is long term and allows us to build a strong therapeutic alliance which supports the client work, after a year I can also build a case for an extension and I have 2 clients that I have been seeing for a year and a half now. I have personally and professionally felt part of an organisation that truly cares for its clients, that has not only kept clients safe but has nurtured my learning and my ability as a counsellor. The supervisors and management at WWC are supportive, knowledgeable and genuinely care. As a result of the work I have done at WWC I have gone on to run my own private practice and have also been employed by a trauma organisation, specialising particularly in domestic violence, sexual violence and rape, I would not have been able to do this without having seen the clients at WWC and gaining the knowledge and skills in these areas.” AC, May 2022
This service is partially funded by:
The Ministry of Justice