Welcome

Nestled in the beautiful Malvern Hills, ‘The Centre of the Hills’ has been an active therapies Centre for over 20 years, formerly known as ‘The Wheel of Life Centre’. Dr Elise Kearney, Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist of 20 years and Director set up the new centre in June 2021.

We have a talented Therapies Team who are all rigorously selected to deliver specialist therapies in line with their skill set.  They are qualified, insured, DBS Checked and regulated by their relevant professional association.

From this beautiful centre with a view of the hills, we offer: Adult Yoga, Children’s Yoga; Teen Breathwork and Meditation; Art Workshops; Academic Tutoring sessions; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Adult Counselling; Adult Clinical Psychology; Child and Family/Perinatal Clinical Psychology; Cranial Sacral Therapy (Pregnancy, babies, children through to adults); Pregnancy Bliss (Yoga) and Mama Bliss Nurture and Relax (Postnatal Yoga) and Play Therapy.  We can also host corporate away days, meeting space or children’s parties, catering available.

For further information or to book in with a therapist or one of our classes, get in touch.

The Centre of The Hills

Welcome to The Centre of the Hills.  The Centre of the Hills (formerly known as The Wheel of Life Centre) has been a therapy centre for over 20 years. 

I was excited to take over the management of the centre in June 2021 and coordinate the provision of a range of holistic therapies, groups, venue hire and training in this special corner of the world.  The centre is nestled in the Malvern Hills, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Please feel free to contact me to enquire about therapies, training, or venue hire.  We are perfectly placed for corporate away day sessions or corporate meetings with the Malvern Hills a stone’s throw away.  We can provide space and catering for mini conferences, meetings or hire out the entire venue for a child’s birthday party or special family gathering.

In our current climate, emotional support and connection is more important than ever.  All our talking therapists work online as well as face-to-face in clinic.  All our therapists are highly regulated and accredited by appropriate training bodies, hold insurance and Disclosure and Barring Service Certification (where appropriate Enhanced). We are always pleased to hear from fellow therapists, if you feel that your skill set would complement the Therapies Team please do get in touch. Please note that therapies and group attendance are by appointment only.

With warm wishes
Dr Elise Kearney
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

 

range of Therapies available 

Adult Yoga

Scaravelli inspired Yoga – The focus of this Yoga is healing the spine through movement, breath and grounding. It involves postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Each week a varying sequence of movement will take place with a range of breath work and often relaxation at the end of the session. Each week the class is different, this work is gentle but equally, deeply strengthening. If you have practiced yoga before you will recognize many of the poses and practices. Research shows that Yoga can lead to improved health related quality of life and emotional wellbeing and can positively affect the anatomy of the brain.

Children's Yoga

This class focusses on breath work and movement to improve strength and flexibility and promote relaxation whilst also improving overall mental health and well-being. Research has shown that Yoga can support Children’s motor skills, behaviour and self-regulation skills, general mental health, attention span and memory.  The research states that children “can adopt yoga as a powerful tool for themselves to minimize stress, as well as develop resilience to deal with it [stress]”.  These are fun and engaging children’s classes. Age ranges may be split between tween/teens 12 years – 16 years and a younger children’s class.

Mamma Baby Bliss with Natalie Rushton

My name is Natalie Rushton and I am a pre, and post, natal yoga teacher and a proud supporter of mother/parenthood. I have recently given birth to my son, who is joined in our family by his sister and half brother, so I am also very much in the full throws of motherhood and all that it entails.

I adore yoga and the feeling of peace it brings to my mind, body and spirit-something we all need in this busy world. I’ve lived and taught in Asia where a focus on yoga and meditation is encouraged as part of daily life, providing the tools to really connect with our mind and body.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Adult Clinical Psychology

Person Centre Counselling

Child and Family Clinical Psychology

Perinatal Psychology

Hypnotherapy

meet the team

Dr Elise Kearney

Dr Elise Kearney

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director

Alix Jones

Alix Jones

Yoga Teacher and Massage/Reflexology Therapist

Jan McWhir

Jan McWhir

Counsellor

NATALIE RUSHTON

NATALIE RUSHTON

Malvern Baby & Mama Bliss Classes

DR TAMMY ESRICH

DR TAMMY ESRICH

Clinical Psychologist

KATE WRIGGLESWORTH

KATE WRIGGLESWORTH

Artist

Heather Mason

Heather Mason

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

LUCY ALDRIDGE

LUCY ALDRIDGE

Psychological Therapist and Mental Health Practitioner

Alexandra Stevenson

Alexandra Stevenson

Psychodynamic Counsellor MBACP

Mark Leahy

Mark Leahy

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Sara Bhavani

Sara Bhavani

Integrative Relational Therapist MNCIP

Dr ELOISE LEA

Dr ELOISE LEA

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Eva Hall

Eva Hall

Homeopath and Bowen Therapist

testimonials

Thanks so much for literally holding me and being such a huge part of my healing. I know I've got a long way to go, but you've helped beyond measure with my chest so thank you. S.D. (Long term Covid).

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“I have learnt more about my body than in any other class or treatment in Alix’s yoga class. It has become an essential part of my life, sanity, unwinding and spiritually. Alix’s use of her voice is like velvet, she is an amazing teacher, at the top of her game."

Fee Moore

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“How do I love it, let me share the ways…
For the utter contentment which accompanies it.
For that total release of everything that accompanies it.
For the soothing effects on body and mind that accompanies it.
For that wonderful calm and reassuring voice that accompanies it.
For the room full of people who I know feel just the same…
Thank you, Alix, it’s all due to you”.

Angie Green.

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"I have been attending Alix's yoga classes for over 4 years, she is an outstanding yoga teacher. She has an amazing understanding of what the body and mind needs, she dedicates such time and energy to every class and everyone in it, classes are a perfect balance of creating a peaceful mind and a stronger more supple body. I always come out feeling uplifted. Thank you! Alix, you are a wonderful person and a caring teacher. I couldn't recommend your classes enough."  D.B.

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"I have been attending Alix's yoga classes for over 4 years, she is an outstanding yoga teacher. She has an amazing understanding of what the body and mind needs, she dedicates such time and energy to every class and everyone in it, classes are a perfect balance of creating a peaceful mind and a stronger more supple body. I always come out feeling uplifted. Thank you! Alix, you are a wonderful person and a caring teacher. I couldn't recommend your classes enough."  D.B.

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‘Having a body which now will not allow me to do everything that I ask it to, due to arthritis, but at the same time my mind still wanting it to behave like a twenty-year-olds, I can honestly say that I always feel better, more flexible and at peace with the world having attended one of Alix’s classes.
Alix is in her element both teaching, and in her own unique way, caring for her yoga students. This is evident in her empathy towards each pupil, and together with her enthusiasm to expand her own knowledge and pass on her expertise to us, her students, a varied program evolves for both body and mind. Alix gently encourages each student to get the most out of their practice according to their individual ability/needs.
Thank you for your haven of peace Alix!’ Liz P.

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“I have been coming to yoga with Alix for 12 years now. There is no competitive atmosphere, we all get on well, there is quite a camaraderie. The classes are small enough so Alix keeps a good eye on us, taking some people further into postures and helping others tread carefully if they are recovering from injury or have aches or pains.
There is no Lycra here! I had been doing yoga for many years before attending her classes but I am astonished how my flexibility has developed, and my back is so much better. I like the way if I have to miss my regular class, I can call her and join one of her other classes so I do not miss my practice. I would recommend this yoga to anyone; I wish I had found Alix years ago. The yoga centre is wonderful and peaceful, it has wonderful views overlooking the hills and is very comfortable on a carpeted floor. " Angela

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"I started pregnancy yoga when I was around 30 weeks pregnant. I had never been to a yoga class before and I wasn’t very flexible or someone who was into exercise! However, Natalie convinced me to come along and said it would help my pelvic pain I was experiencing. Natalie is a warm, friendly, welcoming teacher who made a group of strangers feel like friends as we all shared that we were pregnant in common. We were all at different stages of our pregnancy however we could all do the moves and Natalie tailored certain ones for me for example I would sometimes sit on a chair so not to add any pressure to the pelvic pain I was already experiencing. I was worried that after the class the next day I would be in more pain than I was when I went to the class however after going for 2/ 3 weeks my pelvic pain had Eased quite considerably. I wasn’t a believer of pregnancy yoga before however after going to the classes it genuinely really helped me. I learnt all about different breathing techniques and positions to help when in labour which defiantly helped with my speedy two hour labour! I highly recommend these yoga classes!"

Kathleen

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"I wanted to say a huge thank you to Nat for the Yoga classes, I cannot describe how helpful those breathing techniques were during labour – and thank you for the encouragement to listen to my body."

Sarah

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"I thoroughly enjoyed pregnancy yoga with Natalie. It was such a calming environment and my favourite part was meeting weekly with other mamas to talk all things baby. Natalie was a brilliant instructor and doing it while she was pregnant herself was beautiful to see. I am certain that these classes helped me to have a calm, enjoyable and natural labour without any stress. The yoga also helped me to maintain my fitness post pregnancy. I couldn’t recommend the classes enough."

Francesca

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"I thoroughly enjoyed pregnancy yoga with Natalie. It was such a calming environment and my favourite part was meeting weekly with other mamas to talk all things baby. Natalie was a brilliant instructor and doing it while she was pregnant herself was beautiful to see. I am certain that these classes helped me to have a calm, enjoyable and natural labour without any stress. The yoga also helped me to maintain my fitness post pregnancy. I couldn’t recommend the classes enough."

Francesca

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“Mark has the ability to clarify a cluttered world and to give you the skillset to allow you to face it on a daily basis.”

P.W. from Bishops Frome, Worcestershire (May 2023)

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“Thank you for helping me through a very tough time. I have recommended you and will continue to. Your knowledge and expertise are insane(!) and it’s been a very interesting process. I feel very close to being myself again. Best wishes, R.”

R.S. from Worcester (March 2023)

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“Thank you for helping me through a very tough time. I have recommended you and will continue to. Your knowledge and expertise are insane(!) and it’s been a very interesting process. I feel very close to being myself again. Best wishes, R.”

R.S. from Worcester (March 2023)

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I was very anxious about  having hip surgery and after being given your contact details I am very grateful for how quickly you understood my situation in our first phone call. Also, how you accommodated appointments for me over the busy Christmas/New Year period.

My op. went very well yesterday. My wound is great, no red or soreness and all of my vitals were stable overnight. All monitors have been taken off me. I was walking last night and today a bit more practice with crutches and physio. Am out of bed, sitting in chair at table eating breakfast and watching TV. Apparently, I have  been a 'perfect patient' who would  have thought that! The staff know all about my needle phobia and they have all been marvellous.

I feel rather pleased with myself for feeling in such good spirits and 'safe'. I have had more needles in me in the past 24 hours than all of the past  10 years.... 'flooding' technique perhaps 😀

THANK YOU so much Mark for helping me to get here.

S.J. from Carlton, Beds (Jan 2023)

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The Centre of The Hills

6A North Malvern Road
Malvern, Worcestershire
WR14 4LT
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07713755224

contact@centreofthehills.co.uk