I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working online and by telephone internationally and face to face from my therapy room in Christchurch. Easily accessible from Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.

I am a registered member of the professional body 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.

In addition to working in private practice I work for a local counselling charity.

Laura Whitnell MBACP, Dip.Couns 

My way of working

I work with a person-centred approach. This means I am committed to working in partnership with you, with your best interests at heart. Working to empathise and understand in an honest and non-judgemental way. I bring in psychodynamic influences by exploring the past to understand the present bringing the unconscious into consciousness. I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other similar therapies to combine strategies such as mindfulness, self-awareness and compassion development, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and relationship skills and reframing unhelpful thought patterns and unhelpful beliefs that can all influence acceptance and positive change.  We can work together to explore a tailored way of working that is right for you.



  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


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