Abi Newman

Embodied therapy & EMDR. In person and online.

About me

'Learning to listen to the inner language of the body is primary to the task of healing, self-actualization and human fulfilment' - Dr. Scott Lyons

I am a fierce believer in people, I know that we all have the potential to meet and integrate our innate power and wisdom, I also know and understand that being human and being in a body can be a challenging experience.

I offer a space for you to move into, move with and move through what has been and continues to be held in body, mind, story and sense of self. I work in a holistic way, with an intention to acknowledge and be with body, mind and heart in a compassionate and welcoming way. I hold a space for you to explore the map of who you are, giving voice, movement and sound to your emotional, physical and energetic body, allowing a process between what was, what is and what will be.

Our sessions together will depend upon where the process takes us and could include dialogue, body awareness, breath-work, authentic movement, formative Psychology (shaping and re-shaping somatic emotional responses), body mapping and meditation, strengthening your relationship with nature, voice/sound exploration, creative writing, gesture and posture, body dialogue, somatic storytelling and body-gestalt techniques. If appropriate to your process EMDR can be integrated into longer term work together.

The body can hold places of pain, joy, unspoken truth and so much more, our bodies carry within them the legacy of our life experiences; our attachments, our traumas, our abandonment, our belonging and our becoming. By working with different states that the bodymind enters into you can become aware of protective patterns, functions of the shapes we take and deeply written survival instincts, meeting these parts and welcoming them into the space can create an invitation towards wholeness and integration. By finding places in the body that can provide an anchor into more safety and befriending these places, you not only have a valuable resource, you can find sustainable change.

Acknowledging the stories and language of your body can offer another dimension to therapeutic work and creates a space to explore the difficulties in your life that do not seem to move or change simply by talking about them.

I feel driven and passionate about holding a therapeutic space for people to reconnect with their bodies and the stories that live there, to reunite the Soma with the Psyche, to come back home to wholeness and integration.

For more detailed information and FAQs about sessions please head across to my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience and inspiration

I have over 10 years’ experience of working in both Voluntary and Private mental health settings; residential and non-residential in the UK and overseas in various roles.

I am an accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework. I have regular supervision, peer support and I am committed to ongoing growth through professional/personal development.

I will be with you to witness, support, guide and offer my curiosity and openness to your process. I work in a collaborative intuitive way, with wholehearted belief in your power and wisdom.

I draw upon practices from internal family systems/parts work, somatic experiencing, body mapping, transpersonal creative imagination, dance movement psychotherapy and somatic trauma therapy. Through my own evolving and deepening relationship with nature and the wilds that surround us, I consciously honour Nature, the elements, weather systems and seasons as teachers and co-facilitators in session, offering space for you to realise and explore your own unique relationship with each. Somatic mindfulness and visualisations are also at the heart of what I offer in a session.

Qualifications and longer courses

  • FdSc Integrative Counselling
  • EMDR training
  • Post qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind
  • Certificate in Integrative Embodied Psychotherapy: Dance of Soma &Psyche 
  • Bodylistening programme - A grounding in body psychotherapy and deep bodywork
  • Dance of Awareness Practitioner training
  • Somatic Body Mapping Practitioner Mentorship
  • A Level Psychology

Short courses and workshops

  • Exploring the Root of Developmental Trauma: A Somatic Perspective
  • Introduction to Somatic Experiencing
  • Disordered Eating: Working With and Through the Body/Mind of Patient and Therapist
  • Moving and being: Exploring creative ways of being in relationship to self & client
  • Women Who Run With The Wolves Creative Soul Retreat
  • Body Healing Coach Diploma
  • Acupressure Workshop: The Vagus Nerve – The Missing link to Health, Connection and Intuition
  • Creative writing for Therapeutic Purposes
  • Embodied relational therapy: The Wild Nature of Embodiment
  • Embodied relational therapy: Trance and Transference

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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).

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Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Embodied Therapy and EMDR

Reduced fee Initial 1 hour Introductory session £50

1 hour therapy session: £60

1½ hours: £90 (recommended for EMDR sessions)

I am committed to 20% of my practice being dedicated to concessionary rates. ALL CONCESSION SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKEN.

Body Mapping

Can be integrated into the Therapeutic work or we can discuss a series of one to one body mapping sessions

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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Abi Newman

Abi Newman