Counselling & Therapy in Barnston

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.


Trained Therapists

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.


Presenting Issues

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.


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Acceptance and commitment therapy (or ACT) is a form of behavioural therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness
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.
A life coach is someone that looks to empower others by helping them make, meet and exceed goals in both their personal
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 …
Play therapy helps children to express themselves, explore their feelings and thoughts and make sense of their life experiences. Play therapists work with children of all ages in a safe environment to help alter the child’s view of difficult experiences and increase confidence and build self esteem. For children play is a natural activity of learning, exploration and communication, and is considered highly effective for helping children to ‘play out’ what they may find difficult to express.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic benefit. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you manage your problems by helping you to recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. CBT is a combination of a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (looking at the things you do). CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
The aim of couples counselling is to improve communication and resolve difficulties within an intimate relationship. Couples counselling is a term applied to therapy for two people within a relationship. If one partner is reluctant to start couples therapy sometimes it is possible to begin therapy on your own first with the possibility of your partner joining you at a later date.
EMDR is used to treat a range of emotional difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as violence, accidents or natural disaster. These experiences often lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder for which EMDR has been recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
EMDR therapy is also used for the treatment of other issues including:
• depression
• performance anxiety
• phobias and fears
• addictions
• complex grief
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening in our lives in the present moment. Although mindfulness cannot remove life’s difficulties with regular practice it can help us take notice of (and hopefully stop) negative, habitual reactions to everyday stress. This is most commonly practised through mindful meditation which involves paying attention to sights, sounds and physical sensations while trying to reduce ‘brain chatter’.
Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language
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
The person-centred approach sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. This type of therapy facilitates the personal growth and relationships of an individual by allowing them to explore and utilise their own strengths and personal identity. A person-centred counsellor will aid this process and provide vital support.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. To avoid these memories and experiences surfacing, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections which will often do more harm than good.
Psychosexual therapy is a therapeutic technique which is specifically designed to help people living with difficulties that are of a psychological, sexual nature and has proven successful in helping people of all ages, health and sexuality to overcome their sexual problems. Some of the issues psychosexual therapists will be able to help with include:
• 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
• menopause
• pregnancy and postnatal sex
• sexuality and illness
• sex avoidance
• poor body image relating to intimacy
Solution-focused brief therapy is based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Although the approach acknowledges present problems and past causes, the approach mainly explores an individual’s current resources and future hopes, helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.
Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapy that is aimed at addressing the needs of children and adults with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psychoeducation to both the child and the caregivers and help them to identify and cope with emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Research has shown TF-CBT to be effective in treating childhood Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children who have experienced traumatic events.

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

99 Brimstage Road
Heswall Hills
CH60 1XF

07912 651539

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