• Home
  • >Linda Witchell MNCS (Acc). Specialist Stress & Bereavement Counsellor.

Linda Witchell MNCS (Acc). Specialist Stress & Bereavement Counsellor.

Bournemouth, BH7 6DS
01202 248468 01202 248468 07982 258376 07982 258376 Registered / Accredited

About me

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.

Practical details

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 linda@awakenthechange.com

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)


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet bereavement

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.

Life coaching

Supervision for counsellors, and other therapists.

Some training workshops are provided on an ad hoc basis.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


£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

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

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.

Training and supervision provided for other therapists

Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory.

Awaken The Change
1072 Christchurch Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Telephone counselling and Online counselling also available via Zoom or Vsee. This will be particularly helpful for individuals who have mobility problems or difficulties getting to my Bournemouth offices. Specialist in helping visually impaired clients.


Monday - Friday 9.00 - 19.00. Occasional Saturday counselling by arrangement.

Face to face, Telephone and Online counselling.

Types of client

Older adults


I am a qualified, friendly and experienced supervisor. I teach counselling to level 5 and I'm a Cruse trainer and supervisor. Please contact me.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

View supervision profile


Linda Witchell MNCS (Acc). Specialist Stress & Bereavement Counsellor.

Linda Witchell MNCS (Acc). Specialist Stress & Bereavement Counsellor.

Save profile Saved Call me

Call options


01202 248468 01202 248468


07982 258376 07982 258376
Message me