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Navigate Therapy, MBACP, Dip.Couns, Dip.CBT.

About me

Hello, I’m Laura, a fully qualified and experienced BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist. When things feel difficult to manage, therapy can help build awareness, compassion and positive change into your life. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and safe space, where we can explore the past to understand the present, making links and exploring thoughts, feelings and patterns.

I work in a way that integrates the various counselling approaches and tools I have learned to bring understanding, enhance compassion and develop coping skills. Working alongside you towards your goals, with your best interests at heart. I specialise in working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety and intrusive thinking and I am a certified trauma therapist.

I work face to face from therapy rooms in Poole/Bournemouth and Christchurch. I am also fully trained to offer online and telephone counselling remotely. I understand how important it is to choose the right therapist for you. I offer a free, no obligation, telephone call where we can explore what's brought you to therapy and how we might work together.

Please note, I am currently on a planned break and will respond to enquiries on my return on Tuesday 16th August 2022.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered member of the BACP.
  • CPCAB / Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB / Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT)
  • I am currently studying a Master's degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice.

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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£50.00 per session

When I work

Sessions are available from 9am - 7pm Monday to Friday.

Navigate Therapy, The Consulting Centre, 348 Poole Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 1AW

Navigate Therapy, Therapeutic Counselling Suite, 181C Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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