Linda Witchell MNCS (Acc). Specialist Stress & Bereavement Counsellor.
If you are considering talking to a counsellor, I know that you want help fast. You want to find solutions to the problem, or maybe you want help to come to terms with something and accept it. I can help because I specialise in stress and anxiety issues and grief and loss.
Online appointments or face to face appointments now available in Bournemouth
Learn ways to unwind and to stop suffering. Find techniques to help you cope so that you can feel better through understanding your emotions.
***Special reduced rate for people struggling financially due to the Coronavirus. Book 4 sessions and pay online before session one and get a 50% reduction on the usual price.
I know it can sometimes be difficult to talk but I'm professional, experienced and friendly so I can help you to express those worries more easily. It just takes the first step by you to contact me.
I work full time and I have been practising in my own business as a counsellor since 2007, and I'm a volunteer bereavement counsellor, trainer and supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care. I'm also a counselling and hypnotherapy teacher and supervisor.
Who are my clients?
I help English speaking adults and couples who want brief counselling. My service particularly appeals to working people who may have difficulty getting to my Bournemouth offices either because they can't leave work quickly or because they are based somewhere else in the UK or abroad. I help these people by offering day and some evening appointments, telephone and online counselling.
I also offer a pet bereavement service for adults.
What is unique about me?
I don't work the same way as other counsellors because I am flexible in my approach and I may even do different things like go for a walk with my client if we agree that that is appropriate to meet needs.
I'm a retired nurse. I have had many years of training. I'm experienced, and I care. I am an integrative/ pluralistic counsellor, so I have different approaches to help you, although I do specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I know that it can be challenging to seek help and find the right person for you, so please contact me. Chat to me first either on the phone or face to face in Bournemouth. I offer a 30-minute free initial consultation.
Why struggle any longer? Call me in confidence and do something today.
For all clients, I provide a safe place to talk, I listen, and I don't make judgements.
'I was stressed about a few issues. Linda gave me the confidence to 'open up' about things on my mind. Relief!' Carol, Ringwood.
Contact me today and find out how you could feel so much better.
Why choose me?
- You get a professional and confidential service that has already helped many people like you. Real testimonials available for you to view.
- Individual or couples counselling offered.
- You can speak to me first and find out more at a free initial consultation.
- I work full time, and that includes day and evening appointments.
- Easy access. Some clients are suitable for telephone or online/webcam counselling.
- Convenient appointments during the day or evening. Arrangements are up to one hour—no hidden extra charges.
- Deaf and hard of hearing clients are welcome to bring their BSL interpreters (Clients pay for their interpreters).
- Handouts are provided and included in the price if required.
- I'm a member of the National Counselling Society, so you know that my credentials are valid.
Please contact me.
What happens in the session?
Session 1. - Getting to know each other and the problem that you want to address—providing you with information. Assessment and an agreement on the right way forward for you. I listen to your story.
Following sessions- I listen and try to understand. I ask some questions, provide information and guide you to explore different areas, and sometimes we do little tasks together. Between sessions, we can agree on you doing other small tasks to help you relax and move forward. For example, I might suggest that you could write a journal, do some artwork or go for a daily walk. These tasks help you to change your negative thoughts and behaviours and relax.
'I came to see Linda because of a recent death in the family. I found her service to be well directed. It enabled me to focus on the issues I was able to control and to put 'into a box' the issues that were outside of my control. This helped week on week to unpick the route causes of my anxiety and stress.' Susana, Shaftesbury.
I have comfortable offices in Bournemouth with free parking on the road. There are also good bus and rail services with Pokesdown railway station in easy walking distance. There is wheelchair access, and I have a good understanding of the needs of visually and hearing-impaired people.
*My Bournemouth offices are now open for face to face appointments, but you will be asked questions about COVID 19 risks first. If you do come to see me I wear a mask when I open the door, I keep a minimum of 2 meters away from you, I ask you to use sanitiser and I wipe down all surfaces between clients with alcohol wipes.
Online or telephone counselling may be possible following an assessment of your suitability. Online counselling is via videoconferencing (Zoom or Vsee), so you will need a fast internet service, the right equipment, and confidence in using computer equipment including webcam. Find out more about the benefits of online counselling by visiting my website www.awakenthechange.com.
Where can I find out more?
Call me during office hours 01202 248468 / 07982258376. (Please leave a message or text if I don't answer as I maybe with a client). I aim to respond within 24 hours.
NB Although I have been trained as a general counsellor for many years, I specialise in stress and anxiety, and bereavement and loss. So in some cases, I may suggest referral to another specialist.
email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit my website - www.awakenthechange.com.
Please contact me today, and ask 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 Well-being and Stress Management (CPCAB level 5)
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (level 7)
- Certificate in Online Therapy
- Certificate in Counselling (CPCAB level 2)
- Certificate in Pet Bereavement (ABC award)
- Cruse Bereavement Care Certificate
- MSc Hypnosis in Research, Medicine and Clinical Practice
- Diploma in Hypnosis
- Post Graduate Diploma in Hypnosis in Research, Medicine and Clinical Practice
- Diploma in Business and Personal Coaching
- Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE)
- MA Interprofessional Health and Community Care
- BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies
- Ophthalmic Nursing Diploma
- Supervisors Course (Ascentis)
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As I am also a retired nurse I can help you with worries about going into hospital for procedures and operations
Chronic health issues such as IBS.
Supervision for counsellors, and other therapists.
Some training workshops are provided on an ad hoc basis.
£55 per 1 hour session (face to face or online).
***If you are having financial difficulties related to the Coronavirus I can offer a 4 session online package at a 50% reduction on the usual price. You will need to pay for all 4 sessions online before the first session - £110.
For more information about online counselling go to www.awakenthechange.com
£75 for couples per 1 hour session (face to face only)
NB Sessions are up to one hour. (Some counsellors only give you 45 - 50 minutes).
Handouts included in the price if required.
There are no extra charges for evening/ Saturday appointments.
A reduced fee is available for trainee counsellors.
Supervision and mentoring available for other therapists.
Hypnotherapy or coaching programs also available. For further information please visit my fees page on my website www.awakenthechange.com
Payment accepted via my secure payment system on my website. www.awakenthechange.com
Or for clients seen in my office by credit/debit card card, BACS or cash.
As I work full time in my therapy business, we should be able to find a time that is convenient for you.
Concessions offered for
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.
Training and supervision provided for other therapists