Laura Whitnell

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Navigate Therapy, MBACP (Accred), Dip.Couns, Dip.CBT.
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I'm Laura. When things feel difficult to manage, therapy can help build awareness, understanding, self-compassion and positive change into your life. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and trustworthy space, where we can explore the past to understand the present, making links, exploring thoughts, feelings and patterns and developing coping skills.

I am a fully qualified and experienced BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and a member of various counselling associations. I specialise in working with; low mood and depression, worries and anxiety, intrusive thoughts and compulsive responses, trauma and neurodiversity differences. I work alongside you towards your goals, in a way that integrates the various counselling approaches and tools I have learned. Whilst exploring issues I integrate emotion regulation and distress tolerance CBT and DBT tools that can create a sense of empowerment, hope and support. 

Psychological theories that influence my work include; Person-centred Theory, Polyvagal Theory (nervous system regulation), Internal Family Systems Theory (Inner child and part of self exploration), CBT, DBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory and Trauma informed Therapy.

I work face to face from a private therapy room in Christchurch. I am also fully trained to offer online therapy via Zoom. I understand how important it is to find the right therapist to work alongside you. I offer a free, no obligation, telephone consultation where we can explore what's brought you to therapy and how I might be of support.

Enquiry response hours; Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (Excluding bank holidays).

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited member of the BACP.
  • CPCAB / Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB / Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£60.00 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sessions times

Mon    10am - 5pm

Tue      10am - 5pm

Wed    10am - 6pm

Thu        9am - 1pm 

Fri        10am - 3pm

Sat       Closed

Sun      Closed 

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Laura Whitnell
Laura Whitnell