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Esther Lohneis Holistic Counsellor; Trauma, Dying & Bereavement Specialist MBACP

About me

Before moving to this area 18 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
  • childhood 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.

After our first session, if we decide to work further together, I ask that you commit to five more weekly sessions so that we have time to explore & address your concerns.

I offer Holistic Counselling, which uses the same processes to empower you to move forward in your life as counselling.  The difference is that Holistic Counselling invites you to include your experiences and understandings of the spiritual part of us which connects us all.  This is only an invitation and nothing is imposed on you.

There is no dogma or religion attached, merely an openness to consciousness and flow, where previously there may have been an experience of stuckness.  An integrated part of this is a safe container for the work we do together, held with firm boundaries.

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. 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.  At the moment due to Covid restrictions all sessions are online only. 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.


I charge £40 per (60 minute) hour.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I work on Tuesdays & Thursdays in a rural location, near Wells.

I also offer online video sessions - please get in touch for further information. Due to Covid all sessions are currently online via Zoom.

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
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages German


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


Tuesdays & Thursdays day times; other appointments occasionally available

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Esther Lohneis Holistic Counsellor; Trauma, Dying & Bereavement Specialist MBACP

Esther Lohneis Holistic Counsellor; Trauma, Dying & Bereavement Specialist MBACP