Heswall Hills Counselling Centre (HHCC) is located on the Wirral. It is a place where members of the public can access private therapy with the reassurance that all the therapists working from the centre have been personally vetted by the manager to ensure that they are suitably trained, ethical and fully insured.
We currently have over twenty therapists working from the centre, either on a permanent basis or on a sessional basis. As a result we are able to cater for a wide range of client’s needs and presenting issues.
We have therapists who are trained in the following approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Coaching, Children’s Play Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Couples Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Person Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Psychosexual Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and as a result are able to work with adults, children & young people, couples and families.
For more information about our therapists and these approaches, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Our therapists are trained in a wide range of approaches and we are therefore able to help with the following:
Anxiety (including panic and phobias), depression, bereavement, eating disorders, addictions, trauma, low confidence & low self esteem, work related stress, therapy for children & young people from the age of five, adoption, relationship and sexual difficulties, sexual violence, coaching, OCD, birth trauma, weight management and dementia.
Find a Counsellor
If you would like to be referred to one of our therapists working from the HHCC please complete the form on our website, outlining your requirements and the manager will assess which one of our therapists is best suited for your needs.
Please note that HHCC is located on the first floor and as there is no lift available the centre is unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility.
Cheryl Overington – Centre Manager
Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor and EMDR Therapist
Cheryl is the Founder and Manager of Heswall Hills Counselling Centre. She is an experienced practitioner and has worked in private practice for nine years; accepting referrals from GPs, members of the public, insurance companies, Employee Assistance Programmes and Occupational Health and Human Resources Departments. Cheryl has worked with individuals and couples with a range of presenting issues; including anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties, work based stress and sexual violence.
Cheryl is also the Lead Supervisor at the Rape & Sexual Abuse (RASA) Centre in Merseyside. Previously Cheryl has worked as a qualified HR professional in recruitment & selection and personal development and is therefore well placed to support clients whose problems originate in the workplace
Cheryl has a Doctorate Qualification in Counselling Psychology and is a Chartered Psychologist, she also has an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moores University, a Post Graduate Qualification in Clinical Supervision from University of Chester and is a qualified EMDR Therapist. Cheryl also conducts psychological assessments for medical legal work.
With Cheryl’s extensive experience she looks forward to accepting referrals from this website and placing new clients with the most appropriately trained therapist to met their individual needs.
Here are just a few of over twenty therapists working from the centre. More therapist profiles will be added soon.
MSc CBT, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Practice, Diploma Nursing- Mental Health.
Elsa is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Registered Mental Health Nurse with over twenty years’ experience working with adults with complex and enduring mental health needs in third sector services. Elsa works in a management capacity in Nursing and as a Sessional Therapist at a Rape and Sexual Abuse service. Elsa has provided CBT across a wide range of client groups with both mild, moderate and complex presentations including anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, psychosis and substance use. Elsa uses defined CBT interventions based on scientific principles for specific problem areas, including trauma-focussed CBT and believes that identifying personal values and strengths are central in guiding people to work creatively towards their own recovery. Elsa demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct and is keen to apply her experience and compassion in helping people to move forward with their lives.
Professional Membership with the BABCP & RCN. Registered with the NMC & ICO.
Leigh Best is an Accredited Clinical Psychotherapist (UKCP), a Registered Counsellor (BACP) and a Clinical Counselling Supervisor, and a Counselling Lecturer with 19 years experience of working with children and adults. She is the Clinical Director of a Social Enterprise called Talking Eating Disorders (tedsuk.com) supporting people affected by eating disorders, and their families. She is B-EAT and Maudsley Trained. She is also a mother of four children, a grandmother, and a long term foster carer to two children. Leigh founded Talking Eating Disorders (TEDS in 2000 following a loved one’s recovery from an Eating Disorder. Her mission at the time was to help and support any other family affected by Eating Disorders, and so the first self- help support group for families and sufferers in the North West was launched. This unique service works tirelessly to provide information, hope and support to any family affected by Eating Disorders. Leigh was runner up in Merseyside Woman of The Year 2012 (Social Impact Category), Winner of O2 Community Award, and received a “Listen To Me “ Award from the Director of Children Services, Wirral, in 2016 for her work as a Foster Carer. She sees counselling and psychotherapy as a unique and individual transformational process that really can change lives. She is an Integrative therapist who works in a collaborative way with her clients using a wide range of approaches and interventions.
Leigh Best, BA (Hons) , MBACP, UKCP, Dip Counselling, Dip Supervision, PG Cert in Inclusive Education, Counselling and Guidance, Cert in Mentoring, Advanced Cert in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, PG Diploma in Outcome Oriented Psychotherapies, Foundation Cert Nutrition, Clinical Accredited Psychotherapist and Founder of Talking Eating Disorders CIC
Heych is a qualified person centred counsellor, CBT therapist, counselling supervisor and relationship therapist. She has in-depth experience working with: anxiety disorders, depression, panic, health concerns, addiction, bereavement and relationships. She is currently studying gender, sexual and relationship diversity (GSRD) / gender identity in order to work as an ally with adult clients in this field. H is currently employed as a counsellor at a Rape and Sexual Abuse service working with survivors of sexual violence and at a pre-abstinent substance misuse service (drugs & alcohol). Heych also works with couples or individuals providing relationship counselling. Previous counselling settings include counselling within a hospice and facilitating bereavement groups, CBT therapist based at a homeless refuge, working with those with lung and health conditions on a UK wide helpline, Anxiety UK (anxiety and panic disorders).
Level 4: Diploma in Counselling 2006, Level 5: Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory 2010, Level 6: Certificate in CBT Interventions for Anxiety & Depression (UCLAN) 2013, Level 7: Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Chester University) 2016, Certificate specialising in working with couples and relationship therapy 2017. Heych is a registered member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP) and works within their professional and ethical guidelines.
Dr Samantha Fitzpatrick CPsychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Member of British Psychological Society
Member of BABCP, HCPC registered, GDPR Compliant
Sam is chartered clinical psychologist and joined the NHS in 2008. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults. She is currently clinical lead working with first episode psychosis and uses evidence-based therapies, such as CBT for psychosis/bipolar affective disorder and Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT), to provide a more holistic psychological treatment for clients. Sam trains and supervise staff to enhance the psychological approach to mental health in the team. She has also previously worked in IAPT services, both as a practitioner and supervisor, in a wide range of difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders such as panic, phobias, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD and trauma. Sam uses both CBT and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression as per NICE guidelines. She also use other types of therapy such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for personality issues and compassion-focused therapy (CFT) for shame-based difficulties. Sam also undertakes assessment and treatment for medico-legal purposes.
Sam has worked privately alongside her NHS work for four years and has been able to help many clients. Difficulties have ranged from stress to bipolar affective disorder to personality difficulties. She is very passionate about supporting clients in their recovery and will do all she can to alleviate distress.
Sam is registered will most insurance companies including AVIVA, AXA PPP and CIGNA and will be registered with BUPA from October 2018.
Sharon is a qualified Person Centred therapist with experience of working with bereavement, loss, sexual abuse, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, self-esteem, anger, stress and bullying. If you are you feeling unhappy or are struggling with aspects of your life or your relationships she will listen to you in a safe, confidential and completely accepting environment where you can take time to talk and explore your thoughts and feelings. Key to the healing factor in her approach to counselling is the relationship that develops between her and her clients. She has decades of experience as a senior leader in large business organisations and understands the negative impact of workplace stress, bullying, demotivation, constant change and conflict. Using the beauty of the external environment Sharon can also provide walking, jogging or running counselling in the outdoors if this is suitable for you. She is qualified with English Athletics Association.
Training and Qualifications: Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Certificate Loss & Bereavement , MA qualification in Mentoring , NLP Practitioner, BA Hons Degree in Business Studies , Running leader (English Athletics Association) She is registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is fully insured.
Trained in CBT, EMDR, Psychological Trauma and Person-Centred Therapy Andrea has experience of working with a wide range of clients and presentations, including anxiety, depression, psychological trauma, PTSD, addiction, self-harm, sexual and psychological abuse, low self-esteem and stress. Andrea has practiced both as a mental health Counsellor and CBT therapist for MIND and in primary health care in England and Wales. She has extensive experience of working with survivors of sexual violence/abuse as well as working with asylum-seekers and refugees. In addition to her psychotherapeutic training she has specifically trained in psychological trauma including Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and is also a trained EMDR practitioner. Andrea provides an integrative approach to therapy, adapting her therapeutic work to meet the individual needs of her clients. She is a registered member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP) and works within their professional and ethical guidelines. She is also a member of EMDR (UK and Ireland).
Penny works with clients via counselling and using Creative Arts Therapy. She is a Person Centred and Integrative practitioner working in the NHS with palliative patients and families using creative therapy. Penny also works with school children as a play therapist. She has many years of experience working with bereaved children and young people through Creative Therapy. She has also worked with bereaved adults displaying grief and loss, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem using the Integrative model.
DR VICKI LEIDECKER
Vicki is a qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered through the British Psychological Society. She has over 20 years NHS experience, working mainly with children and young people within CAMHS for the past 10 years. Vicki has experience in assessing and working with adults, adolescents and children, and providing therapy using a variety of assessment methods and therapeutic approaches including CBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Family Therapy including Narrative approaches and Psychodynamically informed therapy. She uses third wave CBT approaches, particularly Compassion Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Vicki intervenes with difficulties such as generalised anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, depression, low mood, postnatal depression, trauma and posttraumatic stress, attachment difficulties, eating problems, bereavement, adjustment difficulties and stress. Vicki has worked in a range of health and education settings, most recently in a specialist SEN college for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition, offering cognitive and behavioural assessments and interventions to pupils, and consultation and supervision to parents and other professionals.
Vicki currently works as an Independent Clinical Psychologist with her own psychology practice, Seachange Psychology. She is employed as a consultant with a psychological therapy service which provides adoption support, therapy and counselling often following legal proceedings. Vicki works collaboratively with clients by drawing on psychological theory and the evidence base and creatively integrating a range of therapeutic approaches as appropriate.
Emma currently works as a psychosexual therapist for the NHS; she also has 20 years’ experience working as a midwife, most recently in perinatal mental health. Emma previously also worked for Relate as a psychosexual and relationship therapist for 8 years. She has a special interest in the treatment of PTSD and birth trauma and has completed research in this area as part of her MSc in psychological trauma. As well as her psychosexual and midwifery experience, Emma is also a relationship therapist, BABCP accredited CBT therapist and she has also undertaken additional EMDR Europe accredited training. Emma has received four Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Awards in relation to her work surrounding birth trauma and has presented on this subject at conferences in the UK. In addition to her NHS work Emma has a private psychotherapy practice with clinics on the Wirral and North Wales.
A fully qualified Integrative Counsellor Helen combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Person Centred Therapy, adapting her support to best suit the needs of the individual. Experienced at working with a range of issues including anxiety; depression; low self-esteem; anger; bereavement; OCD and more. Helen worked for 20 months at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd as a Bereavement Counsellor, supporting people with loss, grief and the range of emotions bereavement can bring such as guilt, denial, anger, depression. As a college student Counsellor Helen supported students 15yrs+ with such issues as self-harm, exam stress, bullying, low self-esteem, low confidence, relationship issues. Experienced at working within primary and high schools and an SEN academy, helping children and young people to work through a range of difficulties such as social/general anxiety, anger management, bullying, family tensions/breakdowns.
Additional training undertaken: Working therapeutically with Children and Young People; Working Therapeutically with adults and children with neurodevelopmental conditions; An Introduction to Autism.
Helen says, “During your sessions I will support you in exploring your thoughts and feelings. I will listen to you, accept and respect you. I will not judge you or tell you what to do. I will help you reach your own decisions based on what is right for you.”
Kevin’s training is in psychodynamic counselling and he regards the well-being of the client as being of paramount importance. Therapy involves talking about a range of issues and life events, both past and present. These would include: feelings, emotions, relationships, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. This process may take some time. The goal of therapy is to assist a person in identifying the right course of action, to help resolve difficulties and to find better ways of coping. In therapy, a person is able to develop a better understanding of themselves and others, and to find solutions which are right for them.
Kevin has worked as a counsellor for more than 25 years – mainly in Higher Education. He trained initially as a teacher and in his last teaching post, he was head of a Sixth Form of a school in Liverpool. Kevin was head of the Counselling and Health Service at Liverpool Hope University for 13 years which included a team of counsellors, nurses and a clinical psychologist. He has worked as a staff counsellor in the NHS and has had experience in running various groups – Stress Management; Suicide Awareness; Assertiveness; Dealing with Procrastination; and understanding mental health issues. He has also facilitated therapy groups for men. Kevin currently works as a counsellor at the University of Law in Chester. He is a Senior Accredited member of the BACP and works within its framework of Ethics and Practice.
MBACP (Snr Accred), MSc (Counselling), BA (Hons), PGCE, Diploma in Supervision, Diploma in Hypnosis & Psychotherapy
Maria is a Qualified Integrative Counsellor. In her work Maria uses the Person Centred , CBT and Psychodynamic approaches in a way that is tailored to her client’s needs and preferences and is also a Qualified Counselling Supervisor. Maria has higher qualification in the CBT approach which allows her to offer more specialised support when supporting clients with Low mood, Depression, Stress Anxiety and Relationships issues. Maria has worked at Wirral Age UK supporting people with Bereavement, Common life problems and Mild to Moderate Mental Health issues. In the last couple of years Maria has focused her work supporting people with Addiction issues. She had also been working with Young People between the ages of 11 and 18 in Secondary Schools in Wirral. Maria has additional training in areas such as working with Suicide, Sleeping problems, weight management problems and Dementia.
Susan is a professionally qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist with a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a CPCAB Level 5, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, (ASIST) training She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and she integrates different counselling modalities to best suit the needs of the individual. She has experience in working with Young People and Adults. Susan has experience with working with a wide range of people, men and women, younger and older and has worked with Wirral MIND, Age UK, WIRED, Action for Children and Headway. Susan has many years’ experience of supporting people, through voluntary and paid roles in the community before training to become a Counsellor. Susan is comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds and has experience of working with people who have experienced trauma, abuse, addiction, depression, marital difficulties and child-parent conflicts, bereavement, domestic violence, long term health issues, caring responsibilities and suicide. Miscarriage, teenage angst, health anxiety, eating disorders, body image issues, ADHD and adverse childhood experiences. She has experience, through work with Action for Children, of working with Young People struggling with various issues from anxiety and depression to body image issues and behavioural problems. She hase taken further training to understand the impact of Neurodevelopmental Conditions such as ADHD, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Susan has worked extensively with people and their families coming to terms with an Acquired Brain Injury such as Stroke, Brain Tumour, Assault and Epilepsy and has undertaken further training to enable her to work with in this area in a counselling capacity. I currently work, for a local charity supporting unpaid Carers.
Training – CPCAB Diploma Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB Diploma Level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory, ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills, Youth Connect 5 – well-being development and resilience building for parents. Integral Eye Movement Therapy
Lindsay is a fully trained Counsellor and Holistic therapist. Lindsay’s approach is broadly humanistic, and although her core training is the Person Centred approach, she will often draw on her Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training to suit each clients individual needs. Lindsay believes offering a friendly, confidential, non-judgemental safe space provides the basis for a strong therapeutic relationship, essential for her model of psychotherapy. Lindsay is also a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which ensures she is working to the highest possible ethical standards.
Lindsay has previous experience working with clients within the NHS and at the Centre with a wide range of people who present with a wide variety of issues including;
Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Loss, Bereavement, Bullying, Panic Attacks, Abuse, Obsessions, Work Related Stress, Addictions, Self-Harm, OCD, Self Esteem and Personal Development.
Lindsay has a special interest in helping clients overcome anxiety related issues and can collaboratively encourage clients to learn strategies enabling them to continue their development outside of the counselling space. Lindsay also has over 17 years’ experience working as a holistic therapist helping clients to understand the link between care for the whole self ( body, mind and soul) and optimal well-being.
ELLEN VAN DER KLAUW
Ellen works with individuals aged of 13 and over. Ellen is a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist (CBT). She offers all her clients a safe, professional, non-judgemental and confidential environment in which they can explore any past or present issues. With her CBT work she offers evidence based interventions adapted to each individual’s needs and has experience of working with many different issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bereavement, stress, abuse and post traumatic stress disorder. Ellen is fully committed to continuing professional development and holds a range of additional certificates from counselling and CBT related workshops. Every year she completes safeguarding adults and children training and she has an up to date enhanced DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) certificate.
BSc (Hons). Degree in Psychology; Fast Track Intermediate Certificate in Counselling; Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling; Postgraduate Diploma in CBT
Lorraine is a fully qualified and experienced Person-Centred Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Teacher. Lorraine practices in Person Centred Counselling with over 10 years’ experience working in trauma specifically with adults and children affected by rape and sexual abuse. She offers clients a safe, non-judgemental and confidential setting in which they can explore any past or present issues. Lorraine provides an integrative approach of person-centred therapy and clinical hypnotherapy according to the needs of the client. Lorraine qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor in 2007 and Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2008 she has worked with clients suffering from a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, relationship issues fears and phobias. She also has an enhanced qualification in weight management and stop smoking hypnotherapy. Lorraine has additional training in working with suicidal clients, ritual and satanic abuse and clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Lorraine is a safe guarding lead within her role as operations manager for a Rape Crisis Charity.
Barbara is a Consultant Nurse and Psychotherapist working in the NHS and Independent health sector. She has 25 years’ experience providing psychological therapy to people experiencing psychological and emotional problems associated with long term physical health problems, obesity, cancer, chronic pain and psychological trauma. She also specialises in Perinatal mental health providing treatment for tokophobia (fear of childbirth), childbirth trauma, depression and anxiety disorders related to pregnancy and motherhood.
Barbara has worked in private practice in Chester and Wirral for 10 years providing CBT and EMDR to treat depression and a wide range of anxiety disorders including OCD, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Low self-esteem and Psychological Trauma. Understanding that one size does not fit all, she has undertaken training in Counselling, Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Mindfulness allowing her to tailor therapy to suit an individual’s needs.
Barbara has a Masters degree in CBT and Level 1&2 Certificate in EMDR, she holds accreditation with BABCP and is a member of EMDR UK.
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ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
strategies to help increase psychological flexibility. ACT therapy believes that by accepting negative thoughts and feelings, individuals can choose a valued direction in which to take action and make positive changes. ACT promotes psychological flexibility and encourages healthy contact with thoughts, reconnection with the here and now, and a focus on personal values, and commitment to behaviour change.
and professional lives. They help you to start taking action in the areas of your life that you wish to change. A life
coach guides you through the process by asking questions that help you evaluate and decide which …
CHILDREN'S PLAY THERAPY
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
EMDR therapy is also used for the treatment of other issues including:
• performance anxiety
• phobias and fears
• complex grief
NEURO LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING
functions. NLP’s creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and
behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in
PERSON CENTRED THERAPY
• loss of sexual desire
• painful intercourse
• difficulties with orgasm
• arousal disorders
• erectile dysfunction
• premature or delayed ejaculation
• sexual difficulties following abuse
• general breakdown in a couple’s relationship
• not being able to achieve penetrative sex
• fear of sex
• pregnancy and postnatal sex
• sexuality and illness
• sex avoidance
• poor body image relating to intimacy
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY
TRAUMA FOCUSED CBT
One of our Counsellors is Arabic speaking and can offer therapy in this language.
It is not possible to offer emergency support in a crisis. If you are concerned that you may harm yourself or someone else you should contact your GP or go to the nearest A&E department