Abi Newman. FdSc Counselling. Registered MBACP.
The Healing Rooms
162 Gloucester Road
The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realised, through it all, that…In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back - Albert Camus
In a world that appears to be speeding up, in a time when things are ever changing and expanding, I offer and welcome you to take a moment to pause; to connect with who you are, to make contact with what you feel and to explore the unanswered questions you have.
What is the Counselling space used for?
There are many definitions of what Counselling and Psychotherapy is or could be, with many people describing it with a slightly different flavour. I feel that it is important for you to discover what you want the space to be and how you wish to use it.
It can be a time for you to speak about what you are carrying, without the fear of judgement or rejection, a time to find your own voice and answers, to build a stronger relationship with yourself, perhaps a time for you to connect with what is missing or explore what is holding you back, for others it could be a part of your self-development, a calling that you can no longer ignore.
How to know which Therapist to work with?
Finding the right Therapist that feels true to what you are looking for is an incredibly important part of your process, with many different types of therapy on offer and a large selection of Therapists to scroll through it can be anxiety provoking in itself, as I work in a relational way, I believe that it is important you feel a connection with the Therapist you work with.
I want to make the beginning stages of choosing your Therapist as easy as possible, this is why I offer a free phone consultation prior to meeting, this gives you the chance to ask questions and get a better idea of what working with me might look and feel like, I then offer a reduced fee introductory session, this gives you an opportunity to feel into whether you would like to work with me and perhaps gain a deeper sense of what you are looking for in a Counsellor.
My Working Philosophy
I work in a heart connected way which means that my intention is to create a space of warmth, compassion and support, allowing you to feel comfortable and at ease, I believe that the relationship we create together is at the core of the work.
The Counselling space is there for you to engage with your mind, heart and body felt response, nurturing what you feel and reconnecting to your core, giving you the time to find new options and creating freedom around your choices, we will work at your pace and reach the depths that you wish to journey to.
I believe in paying attention to body and mind, heightening awareness and stepping into the whole experience. This way of working heightens a person's awareness and can gift you the opportunity to step fully into a deeper experience.
Working with the mind, body and heart in a therapeutic space can mean integrating various ways of working, these might include;
- Traditional talking therapy
- Creative writing
- Breath awareness
- Visualisation work
- Ways of expressing yourself creatively
Who am I?
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have regular supervision and I am committed to ongoing growth through professional development, I am currently attending workshops inviting a Body and mind connection, looking more deeply at the whole experience we as people may have.
My own pathway of self-discovery continues to be guided by meditation, creativity, nature, poetry and drumming.
I have experience of working in various areas: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, gender and sexual diversity, relationship issues, low self-esteem, abuse and addiction.
My endless curiosity around different theories, philosophies and techniques within Counselling and Psychotherapy, means that my learning and development is a life-long process, I believe that the more I know, experience, feel and understand, the more flexibility I can offer my work with clients, ensuring that the therapeutic space is the most beneficial to the individual rather than me enforcing a certain way of working upon you.
I offer long-term affordable therapeutic work; I believe that this holds the potential to reach the deeper layers of who you are, while not putting financial strain and avoidable stress upon your process. I encourage you to take the time you need and want from a Therapeutic experience.
If you are seeking affordable short-term Therapy I am happy to discuss this with you and open to agreeing upon a set number of sessions, the minimum commitment being 6 weeks. I offer sessions in the evenings and weekend Counselling (Saturday mornings) I also have some daytime availability on a Friday. I am happy to work with people on a weekly of fortnightly basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed various qualifications, workshops and training sessions with the intention to cultivate mind, body and spirit connection:
- FdSc Counselling
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Creative writing for Therapeutic Purposes
- The Shamanic Journey
- The Wild Nature of Embodiment Certificate
- Trance and Transference Certificate
- Reiki Level 2
- A Level Psychology
- Health and Social Care
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Understanding Personality Disorder Training
- Understanding Autistic spectrum
- Working with individuals with Learning Difficulties
- Motivational Interviewing
- Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
- Co-dependency Training
- Alcoholics Anonymous Training
- Identifying and Responding to Families Experiencing Domestic Abuse
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
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Counselling & Psychotherapy
FREE Telephone Consultation prior to meeting
Reduced cost Introductory session (40-60 minutes) £20
Counselling session (60 minutes) £40
Walk and Talk
Walk and Talk Therapy (60 minutes) £30
I am able to offer a limited amount of concessions; these are available dependent on circumstances and would need to be discussed during the introductory session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evenings and weekends. Friday daytime sessions available. Weekly or fortnightly sessions available.
Types of client