Donald Winnicott 

'It is a joy to be hidden but disaster not to be found.'



Esther Ramsay-Jones is an experienced psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, with specialisms in palliative psychotherapy and grief work. She has worked for over fifteen years in a care context, working with and developing services for older people, and those who are adjusting to life with a long-term condition. 

She has also worked in university counselling services, helping to make sense of both the trials and possibilities of moving into adulthood with younger people experiencing a range of emotional difficulties. 

She also practises therapy outdoors in natural settings, where nature itself offers a holding space for deep emotional work - and acts as a constant reminder of the possibility of change.

Registrant with the British Psychoanalytic Council, subject to the organisation's code of ethics, Esther has an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and a psychoanalytically informed PhD on the relational field in dementia care settings. She  works with groups and clinically supervises staff teams in organisational settings, and is full member of APPCIOS as an organisational therapist. She also lectures  on death, dying and bereavement, and is a tutor of psychodynamic counselling at MSc level. She has written extensively on the complexity of human need, on mourning and change, and how we endeavour to find meaning in our lives.




Getting to know ourselves can be a laborious and challenging process, which sometimes involves unknowing ourselves and learning new ways of being and doing... 

Nature-based practice: Living with uncertainty

All change, good and bad, awakens our anxieties as well as a sense of possibility... Perhaps life feels precarious and out of control?

Relationships and family dynamics

Relationships might be tricky, or you are so fed up; perhaps you simply want space to think about confusing dynamics and gain some clarity?

Grief work

The death of someone we love and for whom we have cared, and also endings with the living, such as a difficult divorce or messy redundancy, can be very painful processes that leave us questioning ourselves...

Traumatic experiences

Sometimes we believe we have been irreparably damaged by life's events: to be able to grieve what we have been through, while not a magic fix, can offer up the beginnings of letting go of traumatic experience and carving out a qualitatively different life.

Group working

Groups can be such supportive, emotionally attuned, ways of getting to know ourselves. It can at times feel more risky than counselling one to one, though we may learn so much about the roles we take up in different spaces by embarking on group work.