Lucy Heavens is the Executive Director of the Swansea Wellbeing Centre.
A passionate advocate for people fulfilling their true potential, she combines her
expertise as a teacher, life-coach, yogi and business executive to create a
welcoming, vibrant and nurturing space for community members to meet and flourish.
Rachel is a The Managing Director of The Swansea Wellbeing Centre and has worked in a number of Community based settings. She is a Social Work graduate from Cardiff University, and has expertise in numerous areas including children and families and HIV support work.
Over the last 15 years Rachel has worked as a wellbeing therapist supporting cancer patients. Rachel has a special interest in trauma work. Her extensive specialist training in Yoga and Mindfulness is combined in her nurturing and supportive trauma-informed classes. Her vision is one of community empowerment and as the Director of The Swansea Wellbeing Centre, she brings her passion for equality and her training in Compassion Practice into her role. Rachel's commitment is that the Centre is considered a safe place for all and that together, we thrive.
Emma began her Yoga journey in 2001 after graduating from University. Working in the voluntary sector for many years, Emma began to really appreciate the space she was able to create physically and mentally through her yoga practice. Emma has also qualified to teach children's Yoga, regularly teaching children and families. Emma is also Trauma informed and applies these teachings to regular and specialised classes. Emma is welcoming and approachable, her classes are strong yet uplifting with a huge focus on feeling the body from the inside out.
Jan Wigley is an integrative counsellor who offers a safe space for adults and children to work towards a greater sense of wellbeing. Sometimes our thoughts, feelings and emotions can threaten to overwhelm us and you need time to explore these issues at your own pace. Jan uses her training in person-centred counselling, trauma/attachment and creative therapies to enable people to gain more self-awareness and independence in their lives.
She has 25 years experience working therapeutically to support individuals in her private practise, as well as LAC/adopted children and adults referred through social services: Ty-Olwen: Childline: Swansea Carers Centre: The Miscarriage Association: Women’s Aid: CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service): Swansea City Council: Neath and Port Talbot College: Swansea University and PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust).
At present she offers one-to-one therapeutic sessions and runs a weekly Writing for Wellbeing class where people connect to their own unique stories in a fun, informative atmosphere.
Please email Jan to arrange an initial chat or for further information.
07899 898082 Text and I will ring back
Beth Cox is a yoga therapist. Over the last 10-years, she has supported many stiff, injured or stressed people to become more active and feel better within themselves.
Beth teaches 1:1 yoga therapy; small group yoga & meditation classes; workshops; and philosophy discussion groups.
She carefully chooses yoga postures, breathwork or meditation techniques and skilfully tailors them for each person's needs.
Beth is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health and regain their sense of self through practising yoga.
Nicole is a 4th year Masters of Osteopathy student qualified in Soft Tissue Therapy and Swedish Massage. She is keen to encourage an active role in her patients involvement with treatment to promote lifelong wellbeing. She promotes regular movement and manual therapy to keep you pain free and moving well, as well as using treatment as a way to escape the stresses of daily living to relax for an hour. Nicole finds patient education key in this process so is always happy to chat and answer any questions you may have!
Carol Shephard is an experienced British Wheel of Yoga teacher who has run classes for adults, children, toddlers and families since 2003. She teaches mindfulness in schools and is also a member of the Natural Voice Network. Expect joy and lightness from her classes to support your wellbeing! Carol leads an adult yoga class, a yoga and mindfulness class for children, our dementia choir and a monthly Stretch, Sing, Smile, Slow down session combining yoga, singing, relaxation and fun!
Philippa Castell is an Alexander Technique teacher and a Feldenkrais Method® practitioner. She has been in practice in Swansea since 1991, helping people learn how to move through life with more ease, freedom, balance and co-ordination, She teaches practical approaches to neuro-muscular re-education which help relieve pain and tension, bring mental alertness and calm, improve performance and enhance well-being for all.
Zeanne is a fully registered practising Osteopath who successfully treats people with chronic and acute pains from all walks of life. Each treatment is tailored to your specific needs at the time taking into consideration the bigger context of who YOU are - your work, family and social life, diet and hobbies play an important role in your quick recovery and long-term health and well-being. Zeanne is passionate about osteopathy and believes it is one of the best natural pain killers that everyone can benefit from and prides herself in providing the highest quality of holistic hands-on care.
David is a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor. He provides a safe, professional and friendly service for adults. David has over twenty years of experience working in mental health services, from inpatient hospital, rehabilitation settings, to community homes and independent living. David has been practising counselling and psychotherapy since 2004, and has worked alongside people of all ages, ethnicities and varied backgrounds. David has helped people to work through a wide range of issues. This has included: anger management, anxiety, depression, dissociation, childhood trauma, grief and loss, issues faced by those with a learning disability, isolation and loneliness, personality disorder-related issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma, relationship issues, self-harm, self-esteem and identity, sexuality, and suicidal thoughts. Helping people to reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on their lives is also an ongoing theme. Everyone is different, and pain is relative; no problem is considered ‘too small’.
David takes an holistic approach, which can include psychoeducation, where appropriate.
Joanna is a Registered Psychotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist with extensive experience in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Therapy Services.
Her sessions offer a welcoming, safe and confidential space, within which to support clients to explore and overcome barriers to Health and Wellbeing.
Joanna firmly believes that we have a wealth of internal resources and solutions and as such works with clients to uncover and build on these. In tandem with this, Joanna provides a practical and educational approach to help clients better develop any additional skills needed to support their therapy and Wellbeing goals.
Joanna has extensive experience in delivering Health and Wellbeing Advisory Services, Mental Health interventions and Chronic Condition Management for conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain Stress and more.
Approaches used in her practise include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and commitment therapy, Solution focused therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. Mindfulness is woven throughout Joanna’s work, and sessions are kept fluid to reflect client’s preferences and needs.
Lisa is a sensitive and intuitive therapist and was initiated as a Reiki Master in 1997. She is also a qualified Aromatherapist and Reflexologist and has an interest in all areas of self development. She has practiced healing and complementary therapies for over 20 years. Lisa enjoys empowering her clients to recognise their own innate healing abilities.
Judith Johnson has a background in health care, having previously worked as an Occupational Therapist in Health Care, Social Services and the University Sector.
She has been a Complementary Therapist since 2009 using gentle, light touch therapies to assist people and animals. Her main therapies are the EMMETT Technique and Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork.
She is also a teacher of EMMETT Technique offering self care courses as well as professional training.
Kim is a qualified Reflexologist as well as Facial Therapist, FLexercise Fitness Teacher, and Indian Head Masseur. She believes the combination of keeping fit, eating healthily alongside regular holistic therapy such as reflexology, balances the body and helps improve energy levels and general wellbeing. Kim's experience is we often find ourselves in a vicious circle of stress, affecting the mind and emotions, as well as the body, so it is important that this is addressed to achieve harmony and reach our optimum health.
Susannah is a qualified crystal therapist and crystal acupuncturist and works as a natural health consultant in the Mumbles and Swansea health shops. Bringing together the fields of crystal therapy, Chinese medicine, energy medicine, nutrition and food supplements, we will demonstrate how you can support your body physically. We will also energy test to find out where symptoms are coming from in your energy system, looking at the meridian system and the chakra system. Sessions will be informative, therapeutic and hands on, leaving you with a lot of information about yourself and a large tool box of techniques to work with.
Kelly began her yoga journey in 2010 after trying to find space for herself due to a busy
work and home life. Kelly has always been interested in supporting people to reach their full potential and this is what led her on her own journey to teach yoga Kelly is a big hearted, kind, loving and thoughtful person who is focused on creating a
space where people come to practice yoga and gain a sense of wholeness and wellbeing. Her aim is for her classes to hold space for her students to grow and explore through their practice what is right for your body, mind and soul. Kelly's classes aim to cultivate balance, create space for inner healing and deepen a person's yoga practice through strength based asana and breath work. It is Kelly's mission to lead people towards their bliss. Sustainable, fulfilling bliss.
Anna has been practicing meditation for the last 22 years. She trained in the Journey therapy in 2004 which incorporates counselling, visualisation and meditation as a way to overcome emotional difficulties and find peace with ourselves. She went on to study and then teach the meditation practice of Jnana Yoga which originates from a 5000 year old tradition, and is the core teaching described in the ancient texts of Yoga (the Upanishads).
Alongside this she shares the power of healing chants to help the mind settle, let go, deepen in love and compassion for ourselves and humanity and to find peace. Her approach can be considered to be a blend of Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. Her classes are infused with clarity, compassion and tenderness.
Anna's CD 'Heartsong', gives a flavour of her classes and the meditation practice. You can listen to samples of it and the meditation in full (free to download - the last track on CD) by clicking here
Karen MacKinnon has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She completed the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance accredited diploma at Triyoga, London 7 years ago. Karen’s teaching style is eclectic, drawing on different forms of yoga including vinyasa, yin and restorative. She is particularly interested in how yoga can help us understand and ease stress and anxiety and how it offers us tools we return to in our everyday lives. Her approach is gentle and inclusive with a focus on self exploration.
Gail is a trained nurse, classical singer and Biodanza teacher. She has been working sound for 5 years at her own workshops, in schools, Private events, festivals And as a volunteer at the Maggie Centre. 'I understand that using these instruments chanting and toning can Positively affect our minds as well as our physiology. It is my joy and passion to help people in this way'.
Rose began teaching in 2016, and has continued to learn and develop her knowledge & skills in the years since. Being a student first, and teacher second, she has furthered her learning by training additionally in Children & Teen Yoga, 300hrs training in Rishikesh (India), and is currently training as a Yoga Therapist. She loves to utilise simple, yet challenging movements to enable functional mobility in day to day life, and to encourage the development of self awareness as well as mind-body connection through the physical practice of yoga. Rose is also a qualified counsellor, and firmly believes in the healing powers of yoga for the mind; she hopes to empower you with the skills to stay well, through her classes and offerings.
Sama Fabian has been in Yoga for 37 years and teaches an integrated practice since 1985. She runs Teacher Training and Post Graduate Awareness Programs with Tanya Syed at The Green House School of Yoga near Swansea and teaches internationally. Her style is coherent, fluid, rigorous and compassionate. As a Shamanic Counsel and Craniosacral Therapist, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her teachings.
07805 048 689 (text only)
Angela has been practicing acupuncture for 11 years. She did a degree at CTA in Warwick and has continued her studies to underpin her practice.
She has 15years experience of supporting families that have suffered from trauma and domestic abuse. Angela works with people to support their general health and wellbeing.
Angela is a certified NADA practitioner which is a form of auricular (ear) acupuncture which is used to support people when withdrawing from addictions. It can also be used for relaxation and supporting people that are trying to lose weight or give up smoking.
She is a licensed member of the BAcC (British acupuncture council)
Claire is a Mother of 5 and a YogaBellies teacher. She is very passionate about supporting women throughout the different stages of their life, particularly pregnancy and Motherhood. She has first hand experience of how breathing techniques and self hypnosis can result in a much calmer positive birthing experience.
She believes every woman should feel supported and empowered and is trying to 'create the village' Mothers need to thrive, with her classes at the centre.
Meni has more than 20 years of practicing yoga. He has completed a 200 hour teacher diploma in 2006 with the Life centre in London as well as 250 hour yoga therapist diploma in 2015 with the Devon School of Yoga. Meni is also a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner as well as an Ayurveda Lifestyle and Nutrition consultant. Meni has taken his training at one of the most well-established recognised Ayurvedic Clinics in Europe, The Ayurveda Institute UK, under the strict clinical supervision of traditional Ayurvedic doctors.
Meni is able to draw his knowledge of Ayurveda, yoga texts and philosophy as well as his experience of physical movement modalities and martial arts to create a balanced, fluid and transformative practice.
His ability to share his extensive yoga knowledge with a dose of humour makes his sessions a rewarding experience. Meni is able to draw his knowledge and experience to create a balanced, fluid and transformative practice.
Chris is an Integrative Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who works holistically using his years of experience and knowledge to create therapy catering to each client's specific needs. Having practised since 2007, Chris works with a wide range of presenting issues from anxiety/stress, depression, bereavement, addiction and trauma and spent over a decade working and supporting the LGBTQA+ Community. Regardless of the context, Chris provides a safe, confidential, and professional space for his clients.
Chris is a fully qualified Counselling Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and working towards accreditation; as well as the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH).
Chris holds a Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and offers specialist interventions such as EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing), Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy where appropriate.
Chris Reed MBACP (Regd) BA(hons)
Helen is an integrative counsellor with over 25 years of experience working therapeutically with individuals, partners, groups, and families in statutory and non-statutory organisations. She draws upon cognitive-behavioural, person centred, modern psychodynamic and existential models, which she uses to tailor a unique treatment plan for each person, according to the difficulties with which they are struggling and the changes they wish to make.
Helen combines warmth with challenge and strives to create a trusting therapeutic relationship where open dialogue feels possible and where, through collaboration, individuals feel empowered to navigate change, so that they can live more fully.
Cert Couns, PG Dip, MBACP (reg)
I’m a qualified and experienced UK Council for Psychotherapy Therapist offering short and long-term therapy. I work with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, sexual and relationship issues. Through successfully dealing with my own personal difficulties and training in Counselling and Psychotherapy I have gained an understanding of how best to help different people with different characters – each person is unique and therefore no single approach suits all. I aim to help you gain awareness of unconscious thoughts, feelings and desires that may be having negative impacts on your daily life and turn these into positives.
My approach is Integrative which means I have been trained in several theoretical approaches and use whatever approach would be appropriate for you . These include Cognitve-Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling, Humanistic and Psychoanalytic .
Alina and Noel
Alina Ascari and Dr Noel Thomas, G.P, continue, after six years, to provide, now with British Homeopathic Association funding, a free weekly homeopathic clinic for asylum seekers, and refugees and vulnerable people. They have wide experience in Wales, in the N.H.S, and abroad, particularly with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. Taking all these factors into account a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability.
Contact: Alina and Noel
Adrian is a musculoskeletal, sports and pelvic pain physiotherapist (BSc Hons). He also holds a Masters degree (MSc) in Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Adrian holds the prestigious MACP award joining only 1200 physios with this specialist and advanced practice qualification. Adrian qualified in 2001 and has worked within all sectors of healthcare from the NHS, Premiership football, international, and private practice. He has a passion for advancing practice in healthcare to ensure the best treatments are available to those in pain. He uses a number of techniques to treat pain and is one of only a few male pelvic pain physiotherapists in the UK. Outside or work he has 3 young daughters, loves to surf, cycle and throw a ball around.