Linda Witchell

Linda Witchell

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Awaken The Change
1072 Christchurch Road

Penny's Hill Practice
Ferndown Medical Centre
St Mary's Road
BH22 9HB

01202 248468 / 07982 258376

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Awaken The Change
1072 Christchurch Road

Penny's Hill Practice
Ferndown Medical Centre
St Mary's Road
BH22 9HB

01202 248468 / 07982 258376

About me

Do you want something to change quickly? Are you feeling stressed and anxious? Discover how to feel better and learn to cope without additional fears. Free, initial consultation in Bournemouth or Ferndown. Day/ evening and some Saturday appointments. A dedicated service specialising in helping people with stress and anxiety issues and bereavement and loss. So if you are worried about something, feel stressed or anxious, have a relationship difficulty, or a family or work related problems and need to talk contact me and discover how you could feel so much better.

Hi I'm Linda. I've been a counsellor for many years and have had my own therapy business since 2007. I aim to provide convenient appointment times, easy access and a professional service. So if you want someone to really listen and help you to feel better I hope you will contact me. I'm friendly and I care about the clients I see.

My background is in nursing. During my years as a nurse lots of people used to come to me with problems because they knew that I was always confidential and I did not make any judgement about them. Over time I completed counselling courses and eventually I started my own business.
Today I'm an integrative counsellor so that means that I use a variety of approaches to help you meet your needs. This includes approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Person Centered Counselling and more.

I see clients from Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne, Parley and surrounding areas. Sometimes I help people from further afield with telephone/Skype counselling.

So if you would like help to find solutions to a problem or you would just like to find ways to feel better and get on with your life contact me.

I help people with stress and anxiety, relationship problems, lacking in confidence, family issues, work related problems, fears, phobias, bereavement and other losses, performance issues such as public speaking, exam stress, driving nerves, and much more.


  • I offer a Free initial consultation so you can get to know me or we can just chat on the phone.
  • Up to one hour consultations (some counsellors only offer 50 minutes)
  • You get a professional, confidential and caring service.
  • The service has easy access. Free car parking close-by. Wheelchair access.
  • I provide Skype and telephone counselling as another possible option for you
  • Convenient appointments during the day or evening at no extra charge.
  • No hidden charges. Handouts provided.
  • I help people who are suffering with fears, phobias, anxiety, and all types of stresses to feel better and develop their health and well-being.
  • I help people with relationship problems to understand themselves and the things going on around them to make better decisions and to commuicate better.
  • I help people with work related problems to make decisions and build their confidence and performance.
  • I help people who have lost a loved one or pet recognise normal grief feelings, find acceptance and progress in life.
  • I help you to develop new coping skills.
  • I listen and don't make judgements about you.

Do you specialise in anything?
Yes I specialise in helping people with stress and anxiety problems and bereavement and loss including pet loss.

Stress/ anxiety issues include relationship difficulties, worrying about your health, fears and phobias, infertility problems, medical problems, moving house, exam or driving nerves, public speaking, getting married and so much more...

I also help a lot of people with problems related to work such as worries about changing career, bullying at work, and coping with increased demands.

As life has lots of pressures I help you to learn easy coping strategies so you can deal better with things in the future.

Do you work full time as a therapist?

Yes I work full time as a therapist providing counselling, hypnotherapy or business and life coaching. I also teach counselling and hypnotherapy. I have had my own practice since 2007.

Where do you work?
I work from my main office in Bournemouth and also from Penny's Hill Practice at Ferndown Medical Centre on Tuesday mornings. I can assist some people from other areas through telephone or Skype calls at agreed times. There is free parking close to both offices.

How will I know that you are the right person to help me?
For some people it is difficult to seek help as you are not sure what to expect or if you will like or trust the person that you are going to see. This is why I provide a 30 minute Free consultation either on the telephone or in person so that you can get to know me and ask me questions. There is no obligation to use my service but I hope you will see that I really listen and I want to help you.

Do you help everyone who contacts you?
No. Although I see a wide range of clients, I assess if I am the right person for you when we first meet as I want you to have the best opportunity to feel better. For example, if you have some complex mental health problems a psychiatrist or other psychotherapist might be the best person to help you.

Can you make me feel better?
No, only you can make yourself feel better but I will help you explore the issues and help you discover ways to cope and learn to feel better. You can then use these skills in many other areas of your life when you are no longer coming to see me.

How long are your appointments?
I offer appointments up to one hour. I also offer a Free 30 minute initial consultation in person at a mutually convenient time or via telephone or sometimes via Skype.

Do you offer evening appointments?
Yes. Some evening appointments are available.

Do you see children?
I see adults and young people from age 13 years.

Do you do couples counselling?
Yes sometimes, but only when I am sure that both people want to come for help and are committed to explore their relationship. I do regularly help a lot of people individually with relationship problems.

Do you offer concessions?
Generally I do not give concessions because I offer longer sessions than many counsellors, I offer evening and some Saturday appointments, and I sometimes give you relevant information to take away and they are all included in the price. I take credit/ debit cards so this can provide an easier way to pay for some people.

I do provide a discount for student counsellors so please contact me if you require counselling for your course.

How many sessions will I require?
That varies according to the problem that you bring and how you progress. I aim to do brief work but depending on the issue you are seeking help for. CBT typically is 6 - 20 sessions but you may feel that a four or five of sessions maybe all you need.

Where can I find out more?
Visit my website or contact me today for a Free consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CPCAB level 5)
  • Diploma in Wellbeing and Stress Management (CPCAB level 5)
  • Certificate in Counselling (CPCAB level 2)
  • Certificate in Pet Bereavement (ABC award)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Certificate
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
  • Diploma in Business and Personal Coaching
  • Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE)
  • MA Interprofessional Health and Community Care
  • BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies
  • Supervisors Course (Ascentis)


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet bereavement
Worries about going into hospital for procedures and operations
Chronic health issues

Photos & videos

  • Awaken the Change offices


£50 per 1 hour session.

£65 for couples per 1 hour session

NB Sessions are up to one hour. (Some counsellors only give you 50 minutes).
Handouts included in the price.
There are no extra charges for evening/ Saturday appointments.
A reduce fee is available for trainee counsellors.

Programs also available. For further information please visit my fees page on my website

Payment accepted by card, cheque or cash.

As I work full time in my therapy business, we should be able to find a time that is convenient for you.

Further information

Hypnotherapy and Business/ Life coaching also available.

You will be asked for information at session one including your contact details, your health history and the name and address of your doctor.

Anyone with health problems is advised to consult with their doctor first.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH7 6DS
Ferndown, BH22 9HB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday - Friday 9.00 - 19.00. Some Saturday appointments also available. Telephone/ Skype counselling by arrangement. Tuesday morning appointments at Ferndown.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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