I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. I work face to face from therapy rooms in Poole/Bournemouth and Christchurch. I’m also fully trained to offer online and telephone counselling to clients remotely. In addition to working in private practice I have also worked for local counselling charities.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means BACP have verified that I am fully qualified and competent to work to professional standards. I work to their ethical framework and attend regular supervision to promote and provide good practice in a safe environment, with clients' best interests at the centre of the work.

Laura Whitnell Navigate Therapy

Laura Whitnell

MBACP, Dip.Couns, Dip.CBT 

My way of working

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 and anxiety and I am a certified trauma therapist.



  Current study

  • Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice


  Achieved qualifications

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT)

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills


  • Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 

  • Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

  • BACP Certificate of proficiency

  • Enhanced DBS check

  • Safeguarding certificate

  • Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) registration

professional development

  • Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) (Therapeutic Tapping)

  • Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

  • Certificate in Attachment Theory

  • Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Therapy

  • Certificate in Mindfulness Therapy

  • Certificate in PTSD and Trauma Informed Therapy

  • Certificate in Understanding Autism