Abi Newman

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Embodied therapy, Somatic Parts work and EMDR.
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Bristol, BS11
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This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

About me

“The body-unconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive, alive to the depths of our soul and in touch somewhere with the vivid reaches of the cosmos.” — D. H. Lawrence

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 have a compassionate curious nature with a trauma-informed approach to therapeutic work.

Embodied therapy and Somatic parts work

Sessions provide a healing space for you to move into, move with and move through what has been and continues to be held in body, mind and heart. This space will create a chance for you to enter into your inner world, a world where our bodies and sensations offer doorways into meeting with our parts. Parts of us that may have been previously unknown, misunderstood, pathologized, criticised or exiled. Parts can show up in many ways, through body responses, posture, breath, thought, behaviours and held unconscious beliefs, to name just a few.

I work holistically, holding the intention to acknowledge all parts, being 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. I pay deep respect to finding safety and stabilisation throughout the process, honouring co-regulation and resourcing in sessions.

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 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 may use a frame drum or music in session should it feel supportive for you in your process.

EMDR sessions

EMDR can be woven into ongoing Embodied sessions where it feels supportive, I also offer EMDR for single traumatic events that have happened in your life. EMDR can be online or face to face. Bilateral stimulation may be part of an integrated process rather than a specific EMDR structure.

I feel driven and passionate about holding a therapeutic healing space for people to find movement in their bodies and deeper connection with their hearts.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

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 draw upon practices from Internal family systems/parts work, somatic experiencing, body Mapping, dance Movement Psychotherapy and core Shamanism.

Mindful movement and visualisations are at the heart of what I offer in a session.

Qualifications and longer courses

  • Currently part of a MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology
  • FdSc in Integrative Counselling
  • EMDR training
  • Shamanic Practitioner 3 year apprenticeship (completion 2024)
  • Holistic voice work training 
  • Year of Ceremony and the Shamanic Journey 
  • Certificate in Integrative Embodied Psychotherapy: Dance of Soma &Psyche 
  • Certificate in Integrative Somatic Parts work 
  • Bodylistening programme - A grounding in body psychotherapy and deep bodywork
  • Dance of Awareness Practitioner training
  • Somatic Body Mapping Practitioner Mentorship

Short courses and workshops

  • Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy: An Introduction
  • Embodied approach to working with Parts 
  • Sexuality through an IFS lens
  • Exploring the Root of Developmental Trauma: A Somatic Perspective
  • Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Introduction to Somatic Experiencing
  • Moving and being: Exploring creative ways of being in relationship to self & client
  • Women Who Run With The Wolves Creative Soul Retreat
  • Acupressure Workshop: The Vagus Nerve – The Missing link to Health, Connection and Intuition
  • Embodied relational therapy: The Wild Nature of Embodiment
  • Embodied relational therapy: Trance and Transference

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£65.00 per session

Additional information

Embodied Therapy

Free 20 minute Zoom Discovery call

£65 1 hour session

£80 1 hour 15 minute session

£95 1 hour 30 minute session


When I work

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Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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