About me

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

Walk and talk counselling.
I live in a quiet rural area (BS83SR) not far from Bristol centre or M5 exit 19 Easton in Gordano. When it is allowed I work in my garden which has a separate entrance, is private and a bit away from other houses. There are also fields and woods nearby for walk and talk therapy

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) when safe. 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.

I have a lot of experience of meditation and breath work.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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.

working in nature

Photos & videos


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£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 sessions outdoor or telephone sessions/ online consultations.

My work is all professionally supervised.

I continue to train and learn and am interested in body work, yoga, meditation, gardening and eco therapy.

45 Alma Vale Road

Sandy Lane
Lower Failand
North Somerset

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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

Gwen Newman

Gwen Newman