Linda Witchell’s personal development started at college at the age of 16 and when she became a Cadet Nurse. She started her nurse training when she was 18 and continued in the nursing profession for forty years while also developing her knowledge in many new ways.
She has achieved awards, national recognition for her work with helping people with different abilities, and developed academically to Masters Degree level. Recently she was a semi-finalist in the Dorset Venus Awards 2017 as an influential woman of the year.
Linda is a great animal lover and most of her life she had pets. Little did she know this love of animals meant many years later she might become a Pet Bereavement Counsellor. Her outlook for positive aspects of a situation even when things are challenging is one of Linda’s great strengths. She believes it has helped her develop as a bereavement counsellor.
Awaken the Change was found by Linda Witchell in 2007 following a desire to improve health for others. However, it was soon realised people also needed support and help in developing their life skills and personal potential. Awaken the Change does exactly what it says, it is a business which helps people to awaken change within themselves in order to feel better and develop their potential.
What makes Awaken the Change unique? It is a hypnotherapy, coaching and talking therapies business which has easy access via day, evening and remote access appointments.
the Jupital had the opportunity to speak with Linda Witchell about her business:
the Jupital: What are three positive tips you able to offer people who are going through bereavement to keep themselves uplifted?
“Firstly, look after your health by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Secondly, acknowledge everyone experiences grief in a different way. It’s a process in which you may have variety of up and down days. And thirdly, talk to supportive friends, family, your doctor or a bereavement counsellor if things are feeling overwhelming.”
the Jupital: What is one of the most important and productive thing you have learned from your business?
“Whatever the business is, it requires vision and determination to learn and develop. I believe you need to know where you are going to get there. I have always had this vision of developing to be the best I was able to be. This has involved meeting people and understanding their needs and challenges so I am able to be concise about the way I help them. With this type of work people often are unsure where to go when they need help and it’s challenging to ask friends or family because the situation might be sensitive. As a professional person, I aim to ensure people know who I am because one day they might be looking for someone like me to help them. This means I like to mix with people in my local community and I go to business networking meetings.”
How do you see yourself making more of an impact and expanding further?
“I see myself by making more of an impact by showing people hypnotherapy, counselling and coaching are able to fill an important gap between good health/wellbeing and ill health. This releases pressure off the NHS by offering people time to talk and help people to use their own resources. My service helps people with challenges such as phobias and other anxiety-provoking situations, and it helps people to manage some other medical conditions such as IBS. I want to highlight the benefits of hypnotherapy and counselling and increase accessibility to people by providing more sessions via Skype/Zoom.”
Linda specialises in helping people with many inner emotional challenges and bereavement. This is achieved through one to one session or in groups. Clients come locally from the Bournemouth area and they access the service remotely from other English- speaking countries from around the world.
The aim is to provide solutions quickly. Some people may only need one session of Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) while others may need six to twelve sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or even an integration of approaches depending on the challenge the client wants to change. Providing the ‘right fit’ with the ‘right service’ has been important. A free initial consultation is offered face-to-face or over the telephone. Accessibility has also been key. Providing appointments during the day, evenings and some Saturdays, maintain this. Remote access is also possible for some people. In addition, small groups work helps people to learn together.
‘Human life is valuable so we should treasure every moment and be the best we are able to be’ states Linda.
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