Dr Lauren Poole

Dr Lauren Poole

Lecturer, Counselling


Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy
BSc (hons) Psychology


Lauren has been teaching within the fields of counselling and psychology for over ten years. She completed a PhD in 2013 and has lectured across various higher education institutions within the UK and Australia. Lauren has always been passionate about combining teaching with practice. She is particularly interested in person-centred therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness practices. In addition to counselling, Lauren is a trained Yoga Therapist and has developed and led group courses focusing on depression and anxiety.


  • Kita, L. E. (2013). Investigating the relationship between sleep and postpartum depression: a longitudinal study examining the relationships between subjective and objective sleep during the perinatal period and postpartum depression. Doctorate Thesis. Bournemouth University.
  • Pemberton, L., Kita, L., & Andrews, K. (2020). Practitioners’ experiences of using Gut Directed Hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome: Perceived impact upon client wellbeing: A qualitative study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 55, 102605. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102605

Teaching and Coordination Responsibilities

Lauren has taught and coordinated several units in the Bachelor of Counselling course. She is currently unit coordinator for Contemporary Counselling Orientations and Research.

Expert Comment Topics
Postnatal depression
Mind-body connection

HDR Research Supervision

Primary supervisor for Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy students at ACAP (completed):


  • Jess Ruschen – 2019 – Exploring the relationships between social support, relationship satisfaction, stress and affective symptoms among women living in rural and remote parts of Australia.
  • Laura Pemberton – 2019 – An exploration of practitioners’ experiences using Gut Directed Hypnosis (GDH) techniques and the perceived impact upon client psychological wellbeing

Lauren has supervised several students through to completion of their Bachelor (Honours) in Psychology at Bournemouth University, UK.

Professional registrations or accreditation

  • ACA
  • IAYT

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

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