Linda Witchell

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Awaken The Change
1072 Christchurch Road

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

01202 248468 / 07982 258376

About me

Imagine sharing that problem and finding your solution? Maybe you want to stop smoking, lose weight, sleep better, reduce anxiety, quit smoking, rid yourself of a fear or phobia or something else. If you are like me you want results but you also want someone who is confidential, professional and someone you can trust to help you. *Special offer for people with a fear of flying who book by the end of May. Find out more and contact me for a Free initial consultation.

I'm well qualified and experienced.  I'm also passionate about what I do. Contact me for a complimentary consultation and find out how I could help you to feel so much better.

* Free initial, no obligation 30 min consultation
* Appointments available daytime, occasional Saturdays and some evenings at no extra charge
* Easy access. Free parking close-by

Get back control. Feel better. Learn  more...

Besides being a general hypnotherapist, Linda is also specialist.

She specialises in stress and anxiety, bereavement and loss, phobias, IBS, insomnia, exam and performance stress, and weight loss - including Virtual Gastric Band hypnotherapy.

Linda regularly teaches hypnotherapy and counselling with an organisation called Chrysalis at different venues across the south of England. Currently she is teaching three different groups at Bournemouth and Southampton Universities.

Clients visit her from all areas of Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood, Ferndown, West Moors, Parley, Broadstone, and other areas from the south of England. Her new main office is in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth between Pokesdown station and Iford Bridge. There are plenty of buses and free parking on the street outside the office so there is easy access from many other towns.

Got a fear of flying but want to go on holiday abroad? 1 - 3 sessions maybe all you need to rid yourself of this fear. Until the end of May 2017 receive a gift voucher worth £50 for hypnotherapy, counselling or coaching at Awaken the Change. T & Cs apply.

Contact Linda today for a Complimentary, no obligation consultation and find out more.

Hi I'm Linda.

Sometimes it can feel difficult to contact someone for help especially if the issue is personal. This can make you feel anxious. You may ask yourself 'What can I say?', 'I will feel stupid if I cry', 'Where can I start to tell my story?' I believe that we can all learn to change something if only we have the support to do it so make that first move so please contact me.

What can make it more difficult about choosing a hypnotherapist is that not all hypnotherapists have the same training and experience so please compare my qualifications and experience.

I work full time from my own premises in Bournemouth.

Contact me for a complimentary session so you can get to know me and ask me questions. There is no pressure to use my service; all I want is for you to make the right decision so I give you lots of information about me and my service. Please read everything about me here and on my website as you will find that I offer a lot more at prices that are clearly displayed.

You want a venue that is easy to find and confidential. I offer easy access as I work full time from my practice in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth and I have a session at Ferndown Medical Centre on a Tuesday morning. I have appointments available during the day, evenings and some Saturdays. There is free parking close-by at both venues. There are lots of buses along Christchurch Road and Pokesdown railway station is only a short walk away.

You want your personal information kept safe and to talk to someone who won't judge you. I offer a confidential and professional service
that is tailored to your needs. I help people of all backgrounds. I follow an ethical code of conduct.

You want to feel confident that you will get a good service that helps you. I help you to get the results you want and I can show you evaluation forms and real testimonials from previous clients.

I help you with- stress related issues such as weight - loss, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), stress & anxiety, teeth grinding (bruxism), difficulty with public speaking, sleep problems, stopping smoking, fear of flying and other fears and phobias, bereavement, low confidence and self esteem, blushing, performance issues, exam and driving nerves, habits such as nail biting, addictions, ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, stuttering, pain management and other issues that you want to change. My training and experience is recognised as I am a supervisor for other therapists.

I can help you with your personal or work related issues.

I do some corporate and group work.

About me...

I found out about hypnotherapy by chance when I decided to train as a counsellor but as I discovered more and learnt more I realised that it was an amazing way to help people quickly. I realised at that time that I had previously been helped with a skin condition by a doctor who used hypnotic techniques. I thought like many people that hypnotherapy was about taking control of someones mind but that is wrong. People who want to be hypnotised gain more control.

I am a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist, counsellor and business/ personal coach. I have been practicing and have had my own business since 2006/7.

I like teaching and I also design and teach bespoke programs on personal development, bereavement and stress management. I currently teach hypnotherapy and counselling for four classes a month with an organisation called Chrysalis.

Previously I worked as a registered nurse in a variety of positions for over 30 years in the NHS and the private sector. I keep up to date. This includes attending conferences, study days and supervision.

I am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, the National Hypnotherapy Society, the National Counselling Society, Complementary and Natural Health care Council, the IBS Register, the International Coaching Federation and the Royal College of Nursing so you know that my training and credentials have been checked.

I have additional qualifications and experiences that compliment my hypnotherapy work.

I'm a volunteer providing help for bereaved people through Cruse Bereavement Care.

I love animals and I also specialise in Pet Loss and bereavement.

I'm a qualified hypnotherapy and bereavement counselling supervisor for other therapists.

Who uses my service?
Adults of all ages and backgrounds. I do also help teenagers with exam anxiety and life skills.

Most people I see come from Bournemouth,Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown, West Moors, Verwood, Ringwood, Colehill, Wimborne, Poole, and Dorset, but I do have people who travel from London or other counties as my main office is very close to Pokesdown railway station. There is also a frequent bus service outside my main offices in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth.

It is often a big decision to get help but once you have contacted me I will give you all the time and information that you need to make the right choices for you. I know that you want to feel comfortable when you come to see me so I do everything I can to help you feel less anxious. Contact me today.

What happens when I come for my appointment?
Firstly you choose the place and time that suits you best and that I can accommodate. (I do offer some evening appointments at no extra charge). During our first meeting we get to know each other. I answer your questions and suggest the number of sessions or package that I think you will require and the price so you know what to expect. If you decide to go ahead you can book an appointment.

If you decide that you would rather have only coaching or not to continue that's OK. I want you to feel comfortable, never pressured, because seeking help has often been a big decision to make for most people.

My aim is to work with you to empower you to make changes that will help you to feel better and achieve results. You need to be motivated and fully committed to making changes, willing to practice relaxation/ read information handouts or listen to hypnosis CDs between sessions and attend sessions regularly as agreed at the beginning.

Do you specialise in any areas?
Yes, besides being a general hypnotherapist, I am a specialist in helping people with problems related to stress and anxiety including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), anxiety, nail biting, exam and driving nerves, insomnia, fears and phobias, work and personal performance issues, and I also specialise in bereavement and loss. I have had additional training in these areas.

I also specialise in weight loss. I have additional training in weight loss and I am qualified as a Hypnoband practitioner and I have undertaken the specialist course for Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy from Shelia Granger. More recently I have had training from the famous weight loss therapist, Steve Miller, and I can now offer the Authoritarian and Motivational weight loss programme that uses a very direct yet supportive approach.

My skills as a nurse, counsellor, EFT practitioner and coach complement my hypnotherapy skills so you know that I have several approaches that can help you.

Overall I like to act in a professional and friendly way, I care, I am non judgemental and I follow a code of conduct. Call me and find out how to rid yourself of all those unwanted issues. You have the problem but together we can find the solution. I look forward to hearing from you.

_DSC0035%20(2)%20office.jpgWhat benefits does your service offer?

  • A Free no obligation consultation - face to face or over the telephone
  • Confidential, caring and professional service by an experienced practitioner with a toolkit of solutions
  • Appointments in Bournemouth and Ferndown, Dorset.
  • Day and evening appointments
  • CDs/MP3s and handouts included in the price when required
  • Easy access to my office in Bournemouth or to Penny's Hill Practice on Tuesday mornings.
  • Plenty of free parking on the street around my Bournemouth office. Free parking near Penny's Hill Practice, Ferndown Medical Centre on Tuesday mornings.
  • Full 1 hour sessions or other longer times as agreed in advance
  • Competitive charges
  • A clear pricing system agreed beforehand with no hidden costs
  • Flexible payment methods- Credit/debit cards accepted with card on the day, cash, cheque or BACS
  • An ethical and safe service

Ask me about my 'Walk and Talk' coaching. Its a good way to start our sessions by going for a walk outside in nature as it can help you explain the issues and start to find the solutions.

Group work includes Relaxation classes, 'Stress Management,', "Boost your Confidence, 'Resilience Building', 'Developing Creative Writing', 'Stopping Writers Block', ''An Introduction to Mindfulness' and more.

I'm a public speaker and a member of Toastmasters.

I also do corporate work. Some FREE 'Introduction to hypnotherapy' small group sessions available- call me for details of the next group.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Certificate in Pet Bereavement (ABC Award)
  • Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE)
  • Certificate in Executive and Personal Coaching from Barefoot Coaching
  • Diploma in Wellbeing and Stress Management (CPCAB level 5)
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Cruse Bereavement Care course
  • Supervisors Course (Ascentis)
  • Hypnotherapy Supervisors Course (GHR accredited)
  • Masters in Interprofessional and Community Care
  • BSc(Hons) Nursing
  • Teaching experience/qualifications - Certificate VI in Training and Assessing (Trainwell, Australia), City & Guilds 730, TEFL, Teaching Business Language
  • EFT Practitioner


Member organisations

Hypnotherapy Society

Accredited register membership

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.

Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

  • Executive & Personal/Life Coach
  • Hypnocoaching
  • Tinnitus
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Hypnobirthing (Easybirthing)
  • Sports hypnosis
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema
  • Pain control
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME/ Fibromyalgia using the Hi5 protocol
  • Warts
  • High blood pressure (Primary or Essential Hypertension)
  • Self hypnosis
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress management
  • Pet Bereavement

Photos & videos

  • Awaken the Change offices


Please compare my qualifications, experience. and training. Competitive prices. Dedicated therapy rooms in Bournemouth.
Price includes a personalised treatment plan, a professionally produced recording and and handouts etc.

A Complimentary initial consultation (30 minutes) No obligation. (No additional charges for Saturdays and evening appointments)

Average number of hypnotherapy sessions 3.
Stop smoking session is usually one 2 hour session..

- One to One Sessions. One hour and includes handouts if required) £75
(NB See fee below for special programmes - weight-loss, IBS & stop smoking)

A discounted block booking of 3 sessions for £195 (non refundable) can be paid at session 1.

Specialist packages
If you book and pay for a package you get a lot more...

  • Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation - £195

Includes a free telephone consultation and a handout on tips for success. Session lasts up to 2 hours with additional personalised support if required.

  • Hypnotherapy Weight Loss Package 1. £295

This is a 4 session programme that helps you to get motivated to lose weight and eat a healthy diet.

  • Hypnotherapy Weight Loss Package 2. Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy - £350

This 4 or 5 session programme that combines suggestion hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you reduce the amount you eat and make changes to your lifestyle. You will be given CDs to listen to at home and handouts to read.

  • Hypnotherapy Advanced Weight Loss Package 3. or Authoritarian and Motivational Programme - £375

Choose a bespoke package of 4 or 5 sessions to suit you.
This package is tailored to your specific needs. You could have suggestion hypnosis and hypno-analysis to help you get to the root of the problem, if required.

Or you could sign up for the Authoritarian and Motivational Programme that is a very direct yet supportive way of losing weight.

In addition you get CDs to listen to at home, handouts, a log sheet, a healthy eating information sheet and personalised /telephone email support. There is also an SOS service when you can contact me if you are having any difficulties.

Everything is very personalised to meet your needs.

All weight loss programmes are a partnership with you where healthy eating and increasing activity is required. To get the best results you will be required to read handouts, make some changes to your life, listen to CDs and make a food diary between sessions.

  • Hypnotherapy Irritable Bowel Programme - £350 

Usually 4 to 5 sessions. In addition you get CDs to listen to at home, personalised email/telephone support if needed and handouts. Clients should have had a diagnosis of IBS from a doctor.

  • Bereavement Programme Face to face sessions over a 1 - 2 month period - £325. (This could also be pet bereavement)

This programme is a specialist programme is for 6 X 1 hour sessions designed for your specific needs. It could consist of bereavement counselling, hypnosis or Mindfulness, and information to help you understand the grief process. Handouts and a relaxation CD included.

Everyone is different so if you feel you would like to continue seeing me for additional counselling support there will be an additional fee of £50 per one hour session.

  • Lack of Confidence Programme - £200

If you are lacking confidence and self-esteem this programme could help. Usually consists of up to 3 sessions. Includes handouts and a complimentary CD.

  • Small Group Weight- loss Programme (up to 10 people in a group) 5 X 1 hour per Week Programme. £15 - £20 per person per week, depending on group size.

Get a group of your friends together and cut the cost as well as reducing your weight. Handouts and CDs included. Full amount payable at session 1.

  • Specialist group and corporate stress management/resilience/relaxation sessions
  • One to one or group supervision for therapists. Contact me for more information and fees.

Please contact me for dates and fees.

  • Executive/Business or Personal/Life Coaching

Tailored to your specific needs so please contact me for prices.

  • 'Walk and Talk' Coaching

A specialist type of hypnocoaching where I work with you to help you to relax and make changes. There are three packages to choose from to meet your needs and price.

           1. Basic 'Walk and Talk' hypnocoaching programme - £99

Includes a full 1 hour walk and a telephone consultation before and after the session. A walk through Bournemouth Chines and along the beach is my most popular route.

           2. Premium 'Walk and Talk' programme - £150

Includes a full 1 hour walk, a telephone consultation before and after the walk plus one email weekly with tools and techniques for up to 1 months to provide that extra support if needed and a relaxation CD.

           3. VIP 'Walk and Talk' Programme - £425

ncludes 1 full hour walk, before and after telephone consultations, one email weekly for up to 3 months, I night's hotel booking in a Bournemouth hotel (Premier Inn Hotel or similar- agreed with you in advance), a taxi to and from the hotel to the walking route and a taxi to and from the railway/bus station.

Easy ways to pay

Payments is by cash, cheque and credit/debit card payable in at session one or in advance (cards will incur an additional card fee). Alternately BACS payments can be made prior to the appointment. For more information on pricing please contact me and visit my web site .

Please note, All clients are seen by appointment only, I do not charge extra for Saturday or evening appointments.

Further information

Along with my skills as a hypnotherapist I can offer additional solutions to your problems:

Counselling. I have a special interest in helping clients who come to me with grief/loss/bereavement issues. I also help people who have lost a pet. I am an integrative counsellor. This means that I use a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner (EFT) so with your agreement I may decide to add this technique to hypnotherapy sessions.

Mindfulness/self hypnosis. I teach clients these technique to use  at home to learn to relax more.

Qualified Life Coach. Coaching works well with hypnotherapy as it helps you to plan goals. I coach individuals with stress related problems, career/ work issues and healthcare staff.

Executive and Business Coach. I have a special interest in stress management in the workplace for small and medium sized business. I help individuals and small groups.

Stress management/resilience trainer. I have had additional training in organisational stress management and individual stress related issues.

I am also a specialist in individual Derive Coaching (Walk and Talk Coaching) to help people who want a new and effective way to change using the environment and metaphors.

Please inform me if you have any special needs and/or mobility difficulties.
To find out more please visit my website

Bournemouth, BH7 6DS
Ferndown, BH22 9HB

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Monday & Thursday 9am - 7pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 6pm. Some Saturday appts 9am - 6pm. Occasionally short notice appointments available. Ask for a Free initial consultation.

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