Lauren Elizabeth Whayman
Online, telephone and face to face counselling available.
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am a qualified counsellor working with individuals. I take a warm, empathic and open minded approach to my therapeutic work. I aim to build a trusting relationship through our work together whilst creating a confidential space where you feel safe enough to explore whatever you have to bring.
As a Gestalt trained counsellor, I support people who are interested in developing self-awareness and wanting a better understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. Some of the areas I work with people on include; anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, families, abuse, work problems, anger, confidence, bereavement, trauma, loss and grief. I am also interested in working with people going through pre and postnatal experiences.
How I work...
Gestalt means “whole” and I work in a holistic way to help people become more aware of their own body, mind and behaviours. I believe personal growth and change happen through experiencing your thoughts and feelings and becoming aware of what is happening in the present moment. By building self-awareness, Gestalt Therapy can support people to take more responsibility for themselves, to increase self confidence and to help them make clearer choices and changes to improve their well-being.
In sessions I might invite you to use a range of creative ways to express your thoughts and feelings, when at times they are difficult to put into words. I believe our emotional and physical selves are connected and take a particular interest in the person as a whole.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor, trained in Gestalt Therapy and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My personal experience of counselling and the difference it makes to my own life led me to work as a counsellor. I also have experience working within the charity sector supporting older people and their families and the NHS supporting adults within a general practice setting.
Professional Qualifications and Accreditation:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Member
BACP accredited Diploma in Gestalt Counselling
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling
Cruse Bereavement Care: Working With Grief Workshop
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer support to adults 18+ both short-term (12 weeks) and longer-term therapy, which enables clients to explore deeper and go at their own pace.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are scheduled at the same time each week.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss working together and to arrange a consultation.