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About me

Online and telephone 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 post natal 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

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies


£60 per 50-minute session

Further information

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.

Regents House
291-307 Kirkdale
SE26 4QD

The Little Escape
4 Paxton Mews
Westow Street
Crystal Palace
SE19 3RW

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access



Types of client

Older adults
Lauren Elizabeth Whayman - Counsellor MBACP

Lauren Elizabeth Whayman - Counsellor MBACP