Lynne Wager BAHons; PGDipCouns;DipSup;MBACP(Accred);MCS(Acrred); UHAHPP; UKRCP
Natural Health Service
2 Page Street
07709221071 / 07709221071
I am an experienced Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Director of a Counselling Training Company called WELL Training Ltd.
We all need help at differing times in our lives, for various reasons. Research has shown that not only does counselling help, it is the relationship with the counsellor that is of primary importance. To this end it is worth spending some time thinking about what kind of help you would like, and from whom.
Empathy understanding and compassion are, I believe, fundamental to my practice. I am first and foremost human. Backing this up are decades of experience and training.
One area I keep 'tripping over' in my career, is working with shame. Shame is an integral part of what it means to be human - as without shame, we would not lead sociable lives. In many cases, and for many different reasons, insurmountable shame can become debilitating and prevent us from living full, healthy, lives. Often this shame is about past wrongs done to us; illness suffered; loss; life difficulties etc., and we end up being stuck with shame that does not belong to us.
I am passionate about working with people to understand themselves, others, and behaviour. It is only with knowledge and compassion that change can begin.
Shame often goes hand in hand with trauma - whether current or past; individual or collective. It is my belief and professional understanding that one is interlinked with the other, and both need to be worked with in order for change to happen.
Very often shame and/or trauma lies underneath problems of anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, ocd and various other disorders of mood, behaviour and emotion.
I began my interest in psychotherapy whilst reading English at The University of Sussex in 1983. I have always been fascinated in the human brain and human nature, and in trying to understand why people behave as they do; believing that if we can understand this, then we have a choice to do things differently.
I began my psychotherapy training in 1994 at Swindon Counselling Service, studying for a Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. A love of learning, of understanding what makes people tick, of helping others, and self-understanding, began. I have been on this journey ever since.
I am currently studying a Masters Degree, with a specific interest in shame.
What do I believe?
I am an Integrative practitioner, believing that the relationship between counsellor and client is key; so that it is crucial to find the right person to work with you. I believe that the past can have an impact on how we live our lives today, and that we do not have to keep repeating old negative patterns of behaviour. Change is always possible, with willingness, and the right help for you.
One of my areas of special interest is working with trauma and PTSD, and I have had extensive training in this field, including with with Babette Rothschild. Most of us will have experienced trauma of a sort at some point in our lives - by definition of being human; and it is human to ask for some help when we find ourselves struggling.
Some of the problems I work with are as follows : anger management; depression; low self-esteem; couples counselling; career counselling; bullying at work; anxiety; addiction; abuse; bereavement; eating disorders; sexuality; childhood issues; rape; ptsd; spirituality; loss; ill health; phobias; OCD; panic disorder; separation and divorce; attachment issues. This is not an exhaustive list.
WORKING WITH TRAUMA
I believe that anyone suffering distress is by definition traumatized. It is a word which is generally misused in society today therefore its impact has been minimalised. Trauma can be extremely debilitating and have a direct impact on living everyday life, and impacting on relationships.
Trauma can be worked with but it is essential to choose someone who has some knowledge and expertise to offer. The first key is safety - without this no work should be done on the trauma itself, as this can re-traumatise you. The second key is to teach awareness to reduce flashbacks, but only when you feel safe enough to do so!
So why choose me?
I have a wealth of experience and expertise to offer, and am passionate about counselling and psychotherapy. I am committed to Continual Professional Development and challenge myself constantly to be the best therapist I can be. I am extremely genuine; empathic; and skilled.
Asking for help can itself be difficult, and it is usual to feel apprehensive at contacting an unknown professional, especially if counselling and psychotherapy are new to you. I am happy to answer queries by e-mail or telephone before a first meeting, and believe absolutely that the client has to connect with the person of the therapist in order for change to occur.
I am honest and trustworthy. Above all if I do not think that counselling is the right way forward for you, or that I am not the right person to help you, I will advise you as such and help you to find the right way forward for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
What are my qualifications?
I first studied psychoanalytic theory when reading English at the University of Sussex in 1986.
In 1994 I began my psychodynamic training with Swindon Counselling Service, under the umbrella of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
I successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling in 2002 at UWCN.
Trauma Training 2009 Babette Rothschild. (PTSD)
Diploma in Individual and Group Consultative Supervision in 2011 - CASCADE.
Mindfulness Qualifications 2012
REWIND Accredited (Human Givens trained)
THE REWIND technique is a non-intrusive, safe and highly effective psychological method for detraumatising people, which can also be used for removing phobias. It should be carried out by an experienced practitioner and is only performed once a person is in a state of deep relaxation.
Currently studying for my Masters, focussing on shame.
What about Accreditation?
I am an Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am an Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor with The National Counselling Society; a member of UKRCP and UKAHPP.
I have an extremely successful private practice based in Uplands and Sketty since 2002. I work with Employee Assistance Schemes.
I supervise individuals and groups, working with counsellors and support workers; mental health practitioners; health care professionals.
I have several years experience of setting up and running a counselling service in primary health care, and in education.
I have experience of working as a psychotherapist assessor with Foster Care Cymru, working with children who were on the 'at risk' register, and sometimes their families.
I am a Director of a Counselling Training Company
Set up WELL Training Ltd in 2005 in response to the demand in South Wales for high quality, accredited counsellor training. WELL Training Ltd is now in its 6th successful year and has gone on to include Advanced Training; CBT; Supervision; Children and Adolescents; as well as corporate in house training which is tailored to suit.
WELL Training Ltd is an Organisational member of the BACP, and such is subject to their complaints procedure. WELL Training Ltd is an Accredited member of The Counselling Society and its awarding body is ABC Awards.
As a training body we hold contracts for placements for students with many local agencies.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
My fees are £55 per session, with some discount for students.
I am situated on a main bus route, with car parking nearby. I am available during the day-time.
I also offer skype therapy sessions.
I also work out of The Natural Health Service, Swansea, www.thenaturalhealthservice.co.uk/
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Monday to Friday, 9 until 8 and am available in Sketty, Swansea, Gorseinon.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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