Laura Whitnell

Laura Whitnell

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Christchurch

Christchurch BH23
Sessions from £60.00


  • Concessionary rates


Session fee - £60

Sessions are for 50 minutes and are available Monday - Friday 9am to 7pm.

Enquiry response hours; Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (Excluding bank holidays).

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, I'm Laura. 

When things feel difficult to manage, therapy can help build awareness, understanding, self-compassion and positive change into your life. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and trustworthy space, where we can explore the past to understand the present, making links, exploring thoughts, feelings and patterns and developing coping skills.

​I am a fully qualified and experienced BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and a member of various counselling associations. I specialise in working with; depression, anxiety, Intrusive thoughts & compulsions, trauma, neurodiversity differences and infertility & reproductive trauma.

I work alongside you towards your goals, in a way that integrates the various counselling approaches and tools I have learned. Whilst exploring issues I integrate emotion regulation and distress tolerance CBT and DBT tools that can create a sense of hope and support. 

Psychological theories that influence my work include; Person-centred Theory, Polyvagal Theory (nervous system regulation), Internal Family Systems Theory (Inner child and part of self exploration), CBT, DBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory and Trauma informed Therapy.

I have a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT) qualification.

Practice description

For clients who would like to work face to face, I work from private therapy room in Christchurch, Dorset.

For clients who would like to work online or telephone, I work from a private space on a secured and encrypted, online platform. I am certified in online and telephone counselling and a professional member of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online). Online and telephone therapy offers a flexible way of working that can be from a place that suits you. If you need assistance accessing this I can guide you through the process.  

My first session

I understand how important it is to find the right therapist to work alongside 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.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with


How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy