Abi Newman. FdSc Counselling. Registered MBACP.
The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street
The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
I offer a gentle and compassionate space for you to explore, connect, heal and breathe.
This space can be your chance to speak about what you are carrying with you, 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, this could be about you learning new ways of being in your life; ways that feel more true to you, for others it could be a part of your self-development, a calling that you can no longer ignore.
Whatever your reason for seeking a Counsellor I hold a space that is open for you to explore your inner landscape and connect more deeply with yourself.
I feel that within each of us there lives wise and great teachers, some can feel bright and sparkling and others may feel dark and hiding in the shadows, each one has lessons to teach us and each one will allow us to get to know the many different versions of ourselves.
Maybe now it is your time to meet these teachers you have within.
My background and experience
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 influenced by various teachings including Body Psychotherapy, Wild therapy and Transpersonal Psychology, this translates into Mind:Body:Spirit.
Working in a holistic way in a therapeutic space can mean integrating various ways of working, these might include;
- Traditional talking therapy
- Body meditation
- Creative writing
- Breath awareness
- Visualisation work
- Ways of expressing yourself creatively
I have a background of working in a Therapeutic supportive role within Mental Health both here in the UK and Australia. I have worked extensively with people experiencing an Eating Disorder, symptoms of anxiety and depression, gender and sexual diversity, relationship problems and people feeling overwhelmed by life. I also have extensive experience of working with people with a diagnosis that is getting in the way of how they want to live life. This work has also meant I have had the opportunity to work alongside various NHS services.
I have worked in both voluntary and paid roles within Counselling including a Bristol based charity working with people experiencing addiction and a local organisation working with women who are involved or at risk of becoming involved in the Criminal Justice system.
Somatic Body Mapping
Following on from my own experiences through Somatic Body Mapping workshops I have a felt sense of how empowering and transformative this work can be, I am beginning a Body Mapping Mentorship in the coming months and I am welcoming You to contact me if you feel that you would like to create your own map, this would be one to one work, with me holding the space: a space of compassion, gentleness, warmth and movement from the places that feel stuck.
The space I will be holding is both creative and therapeutic, it is a real opportunity for you to listen to your body, hear it, feel it and storytell through your own forms of creative expression.
This would be separate to any Counselling process that could follow on from this work and is structured into 6-10 sessions depending on your needs and your own relationship with your map.
Body mapping is both a creative and therapeutic process that allows you to deeply connect with your Somatic experience, allowing us to welcome and invite our inner landscape with curiousity and acceptance.
By using body meditations in the Counselling room with me we can begin to explore the story your body is telling; listening to and nurturing the places that are asking for attention. Movement will add another layer of depth and offer you the chance to hear what your body needs. You will be invited to draw, paint and sculpt your story, through creating you will be able to connect more deeply with your experiences. If this is something you might be interested please do get in contact with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed various qualifications, workshops and training sessions with the intention to cultivate mind, body and spirit connection.
Long-term training completed:
- FdSc Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Reiki Level 2
- A Level Psychology
- NVQ 2 & 3 Health and Social Care
Short-term courses, training and workshops attended:
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Advanced Diploma
- Somatic Body Mapping Intensive
- Creative writing for Therapeutic Purposes
- The Shamanic Journey
- The Wild Nature of Embodiment Certificate
- Trance and Transference Certificate
- 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
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- 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
- Pregnancy and birth
- 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
- Young carers
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30 Minute face to face Introductory session £10
Counselling session (60 minutes) £35
Telephone/Skype session £25
Limited number of Concessions available (Student/unemployed) £25
Walk and Talk
Walk and Talk Therapy (60 minutes) £30
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening sessions available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|