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Esther Lohneis Integrative & Holistic Counsellor; Trauma & loss specialist MBACP

About me

Before moving to this area 20 years ago, I lived in London, tried many different jobs & travelled as much as possible.  The unexpected death of my father pushed me to question everything to do with my life & I found myself on a journey of self-exploration & self-discovery, which eventually led me to move to this area, train in shamanic practice and later counselling.

I now offer a safe therapeutic space to facilitate change; to empower others to move forward & live their best possible life.

Issues that counselling may be able to help you with include;

  • bereavement (or loss of any kind)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma
  • relationship issues
  • sexuality
  • anger
  • low self-esteem
  • spiritual crisis
  • illness (including terminal diagnosis)
  • many other issues

It takes courage to reach out when we are feeling alone or vulnerable but no matter what you are facing you could find it helpful to talk to someone who is outside your situation & professionally trained.

I offer a safe place where anything that may be bothering you can be spoken about, a place where I will listen without judgement & give you honest feedback with empathy.  With understanding and compassion we work at your pace to look at the circumstances that have brought you to counselling.

I work in an integrative way, which means that I use tools from different counselling theories, rather than just one, depending on your needs in our work together.  In this way sessions are uniquely tailored to your individual requirements.

If we haven't worked together before I offer a first session, which is an assessment session, where I take an overview of your situation & ensure that I can meet your therapeutic needs. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

If we decide to work further together I ask you to commit to a minimum of 5 more sessions.  This allows the time & space necessary to address what you would like to work on.  I tend to work short to medium term (6-20 sessions.)

I offer Counselling, Holistic Counselling & Shamanic Counselling; each has a slightly different approach, so you may want to look at my website to establish which one appeals to you most.  However a first assessment session is required for all of these approaches, which would establish which one suits you best.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  In addition to this I have undertaken various trainings in bereavement including:
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care
  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
  • Bereaved by Suicide

I have also had training in working with trauma; either from childhood or more recent.

For 4 years I worked with a bereavement charity, successfully completing their in-house training and seeing clients 1-1 in their own homes.  I have also worked with a youth charity, supporting staff members.  I run a successful private practice in Coxley, near Wells assisting people with all kinds of different issues.

Currently, I also assist on a Level 4 Counselling Diploma course as well as co-tutoring Level 2 in Counselling Skills at Sweet Track Counselling in Glastonbury.  I also work with Sweet Track co-running their counselling agency.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in the area of complementary health for many years as a shamanic healer.

I see clients in Coxley, near Wells (Somerset) or offer online video sessions.I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical guidelines.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Spiritual Crisis.  Trauma.  Relationship issues.  Sexuality.  Anxiety.  Depression.  Death & Dying.  Bereavement.


From £40.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

First session (one hour) £40.

Subsequent sessions (one hour) £40-£55 (Sliding scale - you choose).


Tuesdays & Thursdays day times; other appointments occasionally available

Further information

I see clients on Tuesdays & Thursdays in a rural location, near Wells.  Very occasionally I may offer sessions on different days if these don't work for you.

I also offer online video sessions via Zoom - please get in touch for further information.

If you have any questions contact me either via email or phone - I am open to answering any queries that you may have.

Nr. Wells

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Languages offered


Esther Lohneis Integrative & Holistic Counsellor; Trauma & loss specialist MBACP

Esther Lohneis Integrative & Holistic Counsellor; Trauma & loss specialist MBACP