You will be invited to explore what domestic abuse is and challenge some of the social narratives and our own biases around this. Our speaker will introduce the different types of abuse with real life examples to highlight the complexity, depths, and nuances to the often-unseen abuses within relationships. We will explore the devastating and chaotic impact of domestic abuse, how it may present in the room and what we may offer as counsellors and psychotherapists to support those who have experienced domestic abuse, to heal.
Our speaker, Ester Wheeler, has a private practice in East Hampshire and is the clinical lead at Portsmouth based charity specialising in supporting those who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse. Ester is a passionate intersectional feminist and is interested in social change and activism being at the heart of her therapeutic work. It was within her 15 years of working within childcare and education that Ester started to become interested in relational and developmental trauma, as well as her other passion, working with special needs and neurodiversity. It was in education settings where Ester first gained her experience of supporting children and families effected by abuse and neglect. After qualifying from Greenwich University with a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (FdSc), Ester embarked on a career supporting survivors of domestic abuse within the charity sector. Ester remains a Humanistic counsellor, integrating Gestalt, Person Centred and Existential Theory, as well as Trauma Informed and Intersectional Feminist Theory. She is also qualified as a group facilitation and is currently working towards a Supervision Diploma.