“I love to support people in flourishing from their authentic inner core. My vision is a humanity in which each person expresses his or her genuine, individual way of being – with an open heart and inner fire – thus being an inspiring contribution to the greater whole in a natural and relaxed way.“
Born in Vienna, I took part in meditation courses already at the age of 15 and dealt with questions of authentic contact and deeper meaning of life.
Various trainings in Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychotherapy (incl. bodywork) and Integral Coaching as well as many years of mindfulness practice have given me a deep understanding of healing, inner growth, relationship skills and leadership qualities.
Since 1993, I have been passing on my respective knowledge as a therapist, coach, trainer and lecturer. In doing so, my own real-life experiences are also incorporated – as a woman, as a lover, as a mother and grandmother, as a visionary, seeker, doubter, confider, finder and manifestor…
2014 MBSR -Teacher: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction according to Prof. Dr. John Kabat Zinn at the Institute for Mindfulness & Stress Management Dr. Linda Lehrhaupt/ Germany
2014 One-year training in Integral Leadership Coaching / IMU-Augsburg
since 2011 Member of the assistant team at the Academy of Inner Science / Thomas Hübl
2008 – 2011 3-year “Timless Wisdom Training” at the Academy of Inner Science / with Thomas Hübl (Transpersonal & Integral Psychology (Ken Wilber), Transparent Communication, Spiral Dynamics (Beck / Cowan), Evolution of Consciousness, Intuition Training, Meditation, 3-weeks Silent Retreat in Nepal)
2006 Energetic Psychology – Meridian Energy Techniques according to Franke® at the Franke Academy / with Rainer & Regina Franke
1998 – 2003 Training in depth-psychologically founded, mindfulness-based psychotherapy and couple therapy at the Learninglove Institute / with Dr. Tom Trobe & Amana Trobe
1995 – 1997 Training as Wata-Practitioner at the German Institute for Aquatic Bodywork (IAKA) Degree: Aquatic Bodyworker
1991 – 1994 Training as Watsu-Practitioner at the German Institute for Aquatic Bodywork (IAKA)
1992 Permission to practice medicine (Heilpraktiker examination)
1987 – 1988 Training in Massage / Germany
1981 – 1983 Study of primary school teaching at the Pedagogical Academy Krems / Austria
- Psychology of Vision withDr. Chuck Spezzano & Jeff Allan
- Integrative Couple- and Sexualtherapy / Paarsynthese (GIPP e.V.)
- Theorie U / Otto Scharmer
- Sheng Zhen Qi Gong with Li Jing & Master Li Jun Feng
Fields of activity
since 2015 Co-initiator of “HeilOrt Bad Belzig” www.heilort.org
2015 Cooperation partner of the management consultancy TheDive
2014 – 2016 Trainer in the Accountability Field Personal Transformation at Global Consciousness Consulting Berlin
since 2011 in the assistant team of Thomas Hübl at the Academy of Inner Science
2011 – 2012 Establishing and running a retreat sanctuary
2002 – 2011 Concepting and leading of a total of 13 training courses: “The Art of relationship – from co-dependence to co-creation”
2006 – 2009 Co-conception & management of: “Salutogenesis – educational leave for women
2004 – 2017 Certified therapist and teacher at the Learninglove Institute
2006- 2012 Lecturer for Energetic Psychology at the Franke Academy
1998- 2006 Lecturer at the Institute for Aquatic Bodywork
1994 Founding member of the interdisciplinary therapy and counselling centre “Ocean – Institute for Health, Creativity and Understanding” in Hannover/ Germany
In the course of my more than 25 years of 1:1, couple- and seminar work, a deep and wide range of methods and experiences has developed within me. From this and from listening to the fresh inspiration of the moment, my individual guidance unfolds.
Here you will find brief introductions to some of the methods I integrate into my work:i
Transpersonal means: transcending the personal.
First of all, the word “transpersonal” points to a dimension that transcends our personal ego boundaries. By ego boundaries we mean ideas and preferences with which we normally identify, such as roles, possessions, needs and also our identification with self-images and the body.
Transpersonal psychology refers to the relationship to the wholeness and the ground of being. It acknowledges personal uniqueness as well as the transpersonal perspective that reaches beyond the ego. It sees itself as a link between conventional psychology, the spiritual paths and the wisdom of the Eternal Philosophy.
Transpersonal psychotherapy addresses the entire spectrum of consciousness and covers the areas of all mental, psychic and psychosomatic disorders.
As an integrative and holistic approach, it goes beyond the conventional psychotherapeutic goals and treatment methods. It follows a potential-oriented approach and thus supports the maturation of the real self. Elements of Gestalt therapy, body therapy and various forms of meditation flow into the therapeutic process.
Transpersonal psychology is a relatively young branch of psychology, which has been developed in its modern form in the USA since the end of the 1960s. The main founders and theorists of transpersonal psychology were and are Stanislav Grof, Abraham Maslow, Roger Walsh and Ken Wilber, among others. The European roots of transpersonal psychology lie in the work of C.G. Jung, Viktor Frankl, Karlfried Graf Dürckheim.
(quoted from www.transpersonal.com/Einfuehrung)
(inspired by Ken Wilber)
“The word integral means comprehensive, including, not marginalizing, embracing.
Integral approaches try to be exactly that in every field: to integrate the greatest possible number of perspectives, styles and methodologies into a coherent view of the subject matter. In a sense, integral approaches are “meta-paradigms” or ways to bring together an existing number of different paradigms into a mutually enriching network of interrelated approaches.”
Integral Coaching is based on Ken Wilber’s AQAL model. It combines embodied taking perspectives, presence and powerful conceptual distinctions. Coaches use the integral principles to support their own growth as well as to work with their clients’ development. In the sense of “walk your talk”, this involves their own integral life practice, which includes shadow integration, bodywork and meditation. The approach of Integral Coaching is based on extensive research on how and why people transform themselves and integrate new abilities.
(inspired by Thomas Hübl)
“Transparent communication opens new doors to a more comprehensive level of information in our lives. If we detach ourselves from our individual focus, which is very much shaped by our conditioning, preferences, habits, assumptions about the world, etc., we perceive much more of the dynamics of life. This allows us to go beyond the interpretation of people as objects on the outside and increasingly experience people from the inside”.
Quote and further information at
nach Dr. Tom Trobe & Gitte Trobe
Das innere Kind in Beziehungen
What does the metaphor “inner child” mean? As a child we encounter the world openly, unprotected, full of trust and highly sensitive. There have been moments in the course of our lives when this sensitivity has been hurt – situations in which we have been rejected, left alone, punished, ashamed, not taken seriously, patronized, or not confirmed in our vitality and feelings. As children, many of us repeatedly did not take our needs seriously and our boundaries were not lovingly respected.
Many of us were more likely to be told what to think or feel as a child. We received little support in finding out for ourselves what was right for us and in strengthening the connection to our inner wisdom. This has led to the fact that today we often cannot clearly perceive our own needs and limits and/or do not take them seriously ourselves.
During each of these hurtful experiences, a part of our psyche is energetically “frozen” and no longer participates in the natural maturation process. For example, if we were two years old at the time of the painful event, this part of our psyche is still two years old and feels (and behaves) like a two-year-old child when a similarly painful situation arises in a different form today. All these “young” parts in us are called the “inner child” and we still carry them as a frequency within us as adults.
Most of the time we have no idea how much these young parts unconsciously determine our lives today. Especially in relationships of any kind we experience many situations in one moment from the adult self and in the next moment unconsciously already from the inner world of the wounded child. This leads to reactions that are sometimes incomprehensible to us, both in ourselves and in others, and make communication very difficult.
Out of fear of failure or of further pain, we have often decided already long ago to stop showing our tender, sensitive side and to hide it deep inside us. We still “function “, but the longing to be able to open ourselves completely to life and love again remains.
At the beginning of our journey we feel helplessly at the mercy of “fate” or we struggle with the people and circumstances in our lives. As soon as we suspect that our own behavior prevents success and love in our lives, we demand that we finally become different. We may start a bitter fight against ourselves and ultimately feel even less lovable.
Integration of The Inner Child
When we learn to treat our wounded “inner child” with love and compassion, we discover what needs, hurts and fears are behind our behavior patterns. We begin to integrate these parts and bring them into our conscious awareness instead of helplessly allowing them to unconsciously sabotage our lives. We learn to approach ourselves and others with more love, understanding and clarity.
MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
MBSR was developed in the 1970s by Prof. Dr.Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University Hospital in Worcester, Ma (USA) and has been the subject of continuous scientific research ever since. The training program includes meditative exercises as well as scientifically based approaches from the fields of psychology and stress research.
Mindfulness means to focus your attention on the present moment and to face the current experience with an open mind and an accepting inner attitude.
The foundation of MBSR is the intensive training of mindfulness in everyday life and in silence. The goal is to learn the conscious observation of (stress-inducing) thoughts, feelings and body sensations. This practice of mindfulness enables you to recognize your own behavior patterns in dealing with internal and external stress factors. Thus a prerequisite for new choices is developed.
Numerous international studies prove the health-promoting, stress-reducing and quality of life-enhancing effects of MBSR. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research has decisively influenced the importance of mindfulness and contributed significantly to the introduction of mindfulness as a method in medicine, psychology and business. It is offered worldwide with great success as a stress management program – in the health sector, in educational and social institutions as well as in companies such as Google, BASF and SAP.
The focus of scientific studies by Jon Kabat-Zinn was directed towards:
- the interrelation of body and mind in the healing process;
- the clinical applicability of mindfulness training;
- the effects of MBSR on the brain, immune system and healthy emotional expressions under stress conditions;
- the impact of MBSR on multicultural and corporate settings, on working conditions and environments, and on prison inmates and staff.
Leading from the future
“The success of our actions depends not on what we do or how we do it, but on the inner place from which we act.”
In this context, Scharmer coined the terms absencing and presencing to describe “inner places” (states of consciousness) from which actions arise.
Absencing means that one clings to the idea of a single valid truth (instead of opening one’s mind), that one is stuck in “us against them” (instead of opening one’s heart) and that one clings to an immovable identity within (instead of opening one’s will).
Presencing combines the terms “presence” (the state of being present in the present moment) and “sensing” (feeling the possibility of the future). It refers to the sensing and presencing of the highest future possibility. This requires the conscious opening of thinking, feeling and will.
The transition from one mode to the other and the implementation of the received inspiration is shown in a U-shaped model.
The left branch of the U-Model includes the process of opening the mind, the heart and the will in following steps: suspending, redirecting and letting go
- If our mind is open and aware, it means that we do not automatically fall into old habits of judgement, but pause.
- When our heart is open, it means that we can feel empathy or see any situation through another person’s eyes.
- If our will is open, we can let go of that which wants to “die” within ourselves and let come the new that is waiting to be born.
At the bottom of the U process there are 2 main questions:
“Who am I?” – It concerns our highest self, our highest possibility for the future.
“What’s my mission, my thing?” – it refers to the activity, to the difference we want to make in the world through our work and our life.
The right branch of the U-process includes the implementation of the new in the form of letting come, crystalizing (vision and intention), prototyping (connecting head, heart and hand) and performing (bringing into the world)
for more information: www-presencing.com
MET - Energetic Psychology
according to Franke®
Meridian Energy Techniques according to Franke® (MET) was founded by the graduate psychologist Rainer Franke and the alternative practitioner Regina Franke based on EFT (emotional freedom technic) and the Gestalt therapy according to Fritz Perls.
Energetic psychology is a combination of the latest findings from Western brain- and trauma research and the age-old knowledge of Eastern medicine about the importance of the body’s own energy pathways (meridians). It is based on the approach that every psychological or physical problem is accompanied by a disturbance in the body’s own energy system. Similar to acupuncture treatment, the targeted tapping of certain meridian points has a direct effect on the energy flow in the entire organism. At the same time, all emotional layers of a topic are perceived, explored and named in a differentiated way during a MET treatment. In accordance with the principles of Gestalt therapy, the course of treatment follows what emerges in the foreground. In this sense MET promotes awareness and helps to permeate a topic with presence.
Energetic blockages and the disturbances caused by them can thus be resolved. The natural movement towards self-regulation, healing and evolution is supported.
What Clients say:
With her unbelievable competence, paired with loving and gentle responsiveness to the current challenges of my life, Esther led me ad hoc to “the roots of the problem”. I am always fascinated how she guides my attention in the shortest possible time to exactly the crucial points where the problem hangs. Respect!
Many thanks, dear Esther! Your work deserves a clear recommendation!
Esther is an outstanding coach and professional. When I work with her it always feels like coming home.
She has the amazing ability to make me aware of myself – both my limiting patterns as well as my resources and my higher potential. She has an incredible amount of experience and skills in her tool box and has helped me to re-connect with my authentic self.
I feel inspired and am flourishing both in my professional and private life. I highly recommend working with her.
When I decided to start the coaching with Esther Heese a few months ago, I already had the first clear burn-out symptoms. The responsibility as managing director of my own company with 10 employees and the constant stress associated with it, had pushed me to my physical and psychological limits.
Through the support of Esther I was able to recognize more and more clearly my “functioning mode”, through which I had cut off myself so badly from being myself. Esther supported me with a lot of empathy in the process of opening up and finding myself again.
My life has become much more worth living since then.
I thank Esther from the bottom of my heart for helping me in this difficult phase to realize what really counts for me in my life.
I participated in a mindfulness training and I can especially recommend the way Esther teaches. The amount of topics is a bit of a challenge, but I had my aha-experiences every day.
Esther’s experience has helped me in many ways to get into meditation more easily and, for example, to be more aware of my feelings. Her great empathy and patience, the subtle hints regarding the inner attitude, the supporting metaphors and images and all kinds of other hints helped me a lot.
I can’t remember ever coming back from a vacation so relaxed and fulfilled. And it still lasts.
Thanks a lot!
My partner and I sought help in our relationship difficulties and, as an Englishman living in Germany, we needed it in the English language. I found in Esther’s support an unashamedly self-centred space in which I could express myself without any real language gap or problems.
What I really value is that I did not have to dwell on negative childhood memories or past experiences. Rather her intuitive reading of, and focus on energy helped me to perceive and step out from compulsive thinking towards sensations in the body and feelings. In my wrestling need to understand, Esther was very patient, supportive and passionate, giving unconditional witness when I took the leap.
Her non-judgemental feedback and suggestions facilitated me to be present to what was arising. Esther’s support helped me to approach my life-situation with my partner anew and gave me a good dose of inspiration in renewing my relationship to the whole of life.
Before the coaching with Esther I always had many questions in my head at the same time. I had rationally moved all kinds of topics back and forth, but had not been able to find clarity.
When I started working with Esther, I was able to get more in touch with the emotional process that was going on behind all my mental questions. Through Esther’s sensitive gift of creating a safe space, I was also able to allow suppressed feelings like anger, sadness and fear. I encountered my issues in a more tangible way – with less mental activity, but more in touch with what was really felt inside me from moment to moment.
Esther has a great sense of what is in the air at any given moment and she can express her perception in a way, that led me deeper step by step. Her incredible presence in every moment helped me to open up and become more grounded and clear.
This clarity has made me calmer, happier and stronger – and more independent of the opinions of others.
I highly recommend working with Esther.
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