Skip to main content

Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones

  • Overview



    Esther is a practising psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor. She has worked in university counselling settings and in palliative care contexts, as well as in private practice. She facilitates reflective practice  with nursing and allied healthcare teams in an end-of-life setting. She also teaches at the Open University on death, dying and bereavement.

    Her PhD explored the relational field in dementia care, under the supervision of Dr Gail Lewis and Dr Peter Redman. The work involved psychoanalytically informed ethnography in two different care homes - observing the conscious and unconscious micro-interactions between carer and cared-for - as well as seeking to understand how the relational had been constructed in national policy. This led to an examination of the incidences of tension between policy and the realities of psychic and embodied experiences of those involved in care.

    In the years leading up to doctoral study, Esther worked in frontline  dementia care and dementia development services.

    Office hours



    • PhD, Open University, 2018
    • MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck College, 2011

    Professional memberships

    • British Psychoanalytic Council


    Honours and awards

    • Best Personal Tutor, Birkbeck Students Union Awards, December 2023
    • Highly Commended , WELS Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Awards, Open University, December 2022
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Involved in End of LIfe Care and Bereavement Research
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Clinical Thinking (SSPA028S7)
    • Clinical Thinking (SSPA028S7)
    • Psychosocial and Psychodynamic Practice (SSPA030S7)
    • Psychosocial and Psychodynamic Practice (SSPA030S7)
    • Introduction to Counselling (non-credit bearing) (SSPA116N0)
    • Introduction to Counselling (SSPA172S4)
    • Introduction to Counselling (SSPA172S4)
    • Understanding Therapeutic Practice (SSPA173S4)
    • Understanding Therapeutic Practice (SSPA173S4)
    • Human and Social Development (SSPA174S4)
  • Publications