Gwen Newman PG Dip Couns., PGCE. MBACP

Gwen Newman  PG Dip Couns., PGCE. MBACP

45 Alma Vale Road

Sandy Lane
Lower Failand
North Somerset

01275 375076 / 07792 009264

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About me

I have over 25 years experience counselling adults & children, working with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, bereavement, all relationship issues, recovery from trauma, fertility, pregnancy and menopausal issues, living with and beyond cancer or serious illness.

At times in life it can help to talk confidentially to a complete outsider who will listen attentively to your point of view.  I offer understanding and acceptance, helping you to develop insight and feel at ease within yourself.

Weekly 50 minute sessions are tailored to your individual needs and can be either short or long term depending on the nature of your concerns.

Shorter term work (6-12 weeks) is solution focused, looking at ways to make things better.  Longer term work is more effective where problems have been present a long time and are deep seated, and can help you achieve a more sustained improvement in the quality of your life.   In the counselling relationship we may look back to your past, but only in order to improve your present and future.

I work in Bristol (Alma Vale Road, Clifton BS8). I also work in a peaceful rural location (Sandy Lane, Lower Failand, North Somerset) which is only, approximately, 15 minutes by car from Bristol city centre or 5 minutes from M5 exit 19 Easton in Gordano services.

I provide flexibility by offering daytime and a limited number of evening appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience


Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Counselling Skills Certificate (UWE)

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling)

In addition to working for over 25 years in private practice as a counsellor and being a qualified teacher I have over 30 years experience of working within the community and voluntary sectors as a co-ordinator/group worker/counsellor/consultant/trainer.

Examples of specific client groups I have worked with include those affected by cancer, single parents, teenage mothers, sufferers of postnatal depression, and those affected by childhood abuse or trauma.

I worked as a pupil mentor at Cotham School.

I have also worked training counsellors at higher education level.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My particular areas of expertise include:-

Recovery from:

Depression, anxiety, panic attacks.

Low self esteem; low self confidence;

Childhood abuse and trauma.

Difficult family relationships

Improving self acceptance.


Living with and beyond cancer and other serious illness.

Fertility issues

Postnatal depression;


Working with the body; relaxation, meditation and mindfulness.


£55 to £60

I offer a discounted rate to trainee counsellors and have a limited number of concessionary places generally for clients working long term.

Further information

I offer face to face sessions/ telephone sessions/ online skype consultations.

My work is all professionally supervised.

I continue to train and learn and am interested in body work, yoga, meditation and Jungian dream work

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS8 2HL
Bristol, BS8 3SR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

1 small step into consulting room and one step down to toilet.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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