There are several options for Counselling at The Centre either privately with Ester Wheeler or Deborah Lane (clients aged 4-25) or via Petersfield Counselling Service. Details of all options are shown below.

Ester Wheeler 

We all know the saying, “a problem shared is a problem halved” but surely it can’t be as simple as that? Sometimes it’s hard to talk to friends and family or sometimes even anyone at all. Counselling or talking therapy can be that one person you need who can take the time to just listen to you. It’s the space that you and your counsellor create, the non-judgmental relationship that can support, heel or/and allow growth.

Ester is a trained humanistic therapist and integrates Gestalt, Person Centred and Existential therapy. This means she believes that we are all self governing, unique individuals with an inert desire to complete unfinished business, make meaning of our experiences and reach our true potential. She works relationally and collaboratively to support clients through what ever might be troubling them, as well as celebrating achievements and individual’s potential.

As a humanistic therapist, Ester works with all presenting issues as an individual and unique experience for the client. No client is the same however, common areas she has worked with and trained in include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disorganised or disordered eating
  • Low confidence or Low self esteem
  • Long term and short term therapy
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Relationship and Family breakdown
  • Sex, Sexuality and Gender identity
  • Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thought, attempts and/or ideology
  • Trauma, PTSD and Complex PTSD

Deborah Lane

Deborah is a professionally registered Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist (MBACP), qualified at Masters level, specialising in work with children, adolescents, young people  (aged 4-25), and their families.  

Deborah offers a warm, friendly and compassionate approach, working collaboratively with children and young people to build a trusting therapeutic relationship.  As an integrative therapist, she draws upon a range of creative arts and play resources which can be used to facilitate communication beyond the constraints of language so that difficulties and inner conflicts can be expressed, witnessed, and understood in developmentally appropriate and paced ways. Her core foundation is rooted in non-directive play-based therapy, humanistic, psychodynamic and CBT approaches, grounded in a core understanding of attachment and family systems.

Deborah works with a broad range of presentations including anxiety, school avoidance, OCD, depression, low-mood, emotional regulation, trauma, bereavement, family separation, attachment difficulties, low self-esteem, eco- and climate anxiety, self-harm and disordered eating.  

Counselling at The Centre is run by:
Petersfield Counselling Service 

Counselling is based on listening and offering clients the space to find their own way forward. Supporting you in understanding past events, worries about the future or lack of confidence can be helpful in providing change and helping you to find the direction in your life that you are seeking.

Petersfield Counselling Service is a charity founded to offer affordable counselling to people in the area.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy

What is cognitive hypnotherapy?

Cognitive hypnotherapy is a talking therapy that enables you to change habits, feelings and beliefs. It is a safe, gentle and very effective way to influence how you think and feel about your situation and to stop unhelpful behaviours. It allows you to change and improve your experience and perceptions so you can find the impetus, energy and headspace to focus on building good health, positive habits and a fulfilling life.

Research has proven cognitive hypnotherapy to be especially effective for anxiety and depression, with 71% of clients with significant anxiety and depression reporting themselves recovered in one 2015 study, compared to 42% of people receiving other therapies such as CBT.

Treatment is tailored to you as an individual and may include a recording for you to listen to, and tasks to work on between sessions.

We already experience trance every day

It’s believed that as much as 90% of our behaviour is unconsciously driven, meaning it happens automatically without us thinking about what we’re doing. Hypnotherapy offers a safe and effective way to change this.

As part of normal life, we all drift in and out of trance every day. We do many things without consciously thinking about them, like driving, losing ourselves in a book and daydreaming. This is perfectly normal and allows us to do a lot of things automatically, without having to think about them.  Being in trance simply means that we are not fully present consciously in the present moment – our mind is elsewhere. Your unconscious uses what we call ‘trance states’ to free up the conscious part of your mind to deal with what it decides is most pressing at present.

How this plays into our problems

When we’re experiencing a problem, we drift into trance as part of this problem. An example of this is someone who knows they want to lose weight but keeps finding themself standing at the biscuit box overeating, not feeling fully in control of their actions. At that point, they’re doing the problem behaviour while in a problem trance.

Someone might imagine what they think is going to happen to them – perhaps a worsening of a health condition, or a terrible presentation at work where they embarrass themselves. These are all trance states, as the person is seeing something that isn’t actually real and may never actually happen. It’s a vision of the future that their mind is creating – a problem trance. In this way we can ‘hypnotise’ ourselves into experiencing problems, without intending to.

How cognitive hypnotherapy helps

Cognitive hypnotherapy allows us to access these problem trance states, find out what’s driving them, and change them so that we can do something more helpful instead.  In this way, cognitive hypnotherapy is more about ‘dehypnotising’ than ‘hypnotising’, so we stop going into the trances which keep us repeating our problem. We are able to access what’s going on unconsciously that is making those moments happen and change it.

We can use this to deal with fears and negative emotions, stop unwanted habits, live well with difficulties including health challenges, and improve performance at work and sport.

How to find out more

Follow the link to to learn more about how cognitive hypnotherapy can help you, and to book.