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Watford Women’s Centre is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all women in our community aged 18 and above.  As part of this commitment, we provide low-cost counselling for up to one year with female counsellors in a safe and supportive environment.  


What is counselling?

Counselling is having a safe and confidential space to talk through your difficulties with a trained professional.  All women experience difficulties at some points in their lives.  Talking to a counsellor can help you to see things more clearly, find different ways of coping 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.  Your counsellor won’t give you advice, but she will work with you to help you come to your own resolutions and find a way forward.

Our counsellors

Our service is staffed mainly by trainee therapists who are working towards their British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registration.   Our service is not suitable for anyone who presents with a high degree of complexity, has a current serious mental illness, or whose needs could be met more fully by a specialist agency or within the statutory services (NHS).  If we feel we are not the right service for you, we would talk to you about other options.


What we offer

We offer weekly face-to-face counselling for up to one year.   


A weekly committment

We counselling on the basis that you attend every week, apart from emergencies and agreed holidays. Your allocated slot will be at the same time and day each week.  At your assessment you will be asked what days/times you are available for the long-term.



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 you or someone you know is at serous risk of harm.



Our fees are based on income and are subject to review. They range from £15 to £40 per weekly session. The fee you will pay will be agreed in your assessment and are subject to change if your circumstances change.  These fees are much lower than you would pay privately.  We rely on these fees to keep the service going.


I am interested.  What do I do now?

If you are interested in counselling, you need to complete the Registration Form under Counselling News on the right of this web page. 



Once you have completed the Registration Form, we aim to contact you within ten days to let you know whether or not we are able to book you in for an assessment.  Please note, completing the Registration Form is not a guarantee that we will be able to offer you an assessment.  We charge £20 for an assessment, payable for in advance. If you don’t attend, the fee is non-refundable.  Assuming we think our service is suitable for you, we will try to match you with a counsellor as soon as possible. This will depend on our waiting list and your availability.   Please be aware that it could be several months before we are able to match you with a suitable counsellor.


Counselling News


Counselling Assessments

If you are interested in counselling, please complete this REGISTRATION FORM and we will aim to respond within ten working days to let you know the next steps. 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 registration form is not a guarantee that we will be able to offer you a counselling assessment
  • Assessments cost £20 payable in advance
  • As there is a high demand for our service, you may have to wait several weeks for an assessment
  • 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/tell you that she may have to consult with the Service Manager

In the meantime, you may be interested in our wellbeing and personal development courses:


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 or you can click here: . To see their lates newsletter, please click here: Publications | Mental Health Foundation


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.


Please click here for Placement information for applicants.


Please click here to download an application form and email it to our Counselling Lead, Amanda



This service is partially funded by:



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