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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 want 2020 to feel better and are suffering with stress, anxiety or a bereavement I specialise in those areas so I would like to help.

I really listen and help you to find the answers. I'm professional, experienced and friendly. I have been practising in my own business as a counsellor since 2007 and I'm a volunteer bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care.  I'm also a counselling and hypnotherapy teacher and supervisor.

Who are my clients?

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 easily 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.

As a retired nurse with lots of experience in visual loss, I like to help people with counselling who have visual problems or hearing problems.

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 have had many years of training. I'm experienced and I care. I am an integrative counsellor so I have different approaches to help you although I do specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

I know that it can be difficult 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 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 so increasing the availability of appointments.
  • Easy access. Some clients are helped through telephone or online/webcam counselling.
  • Convenient appointments during the day or evening at no extra charge.
  • Home visits, if suitable, by arrangement. Clients seen at home in the Bournemouth area only (Unfortunately due to travelling and extra time required an extra charge is made for home visits).
  • Deaf and hard of hearing clients are welcome to bring their BSL interpreters (Clients pay for their interpreters).
  • No hidden charges.
  • Handouts provided if required.
  • I'm a member of the National Counselling Society so you know that my credentials have been checked.

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.

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 little tasks to help you relax and move forward. 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 is 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.

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.online

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.

Visit my website www.awakenthechange.co.uk or www.awakenthechange.online

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 Wellbeing 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
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate 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
  • 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

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£55 per 1 hour session (face to face or online).

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 reduce fee is available for trainee counsellors.

Hypnotherapy or coaching programs also available. For further information please visit my fees page on my website www.awakenthechange.com

Payment accepted by card, BACS or cash. Or via my website www.awakenthechange.com

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

  • Trainee counsellors

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.

Telephone and Online counselling.

Types of client

Older adults


I'm an integrative counsellor but my primary approach these days is with CBT and Person Centred work.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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

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