Abi Newman. FdSc Counselling. Registered MBACP.

Abi Newman. FdSc Counselling. Registered MBACP.

The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street

The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill

07856 031105

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The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street

The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill

07856 031105

About me

In this high energy, fast paced world we can often struggle to find moments to pause, reflect, listen and reconnect to our own inner wisdom, I offer a gentle and compassionate space for you to explore, connect, heal and breathe. A space where all the parts that make up who you are are welcomed, listened to and integrated.

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 create a new wild 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, to feel more aware of the relationships you have with both your inner and outer world.

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 invite a mind/body language and welcome you to be playful with different ways of communicating, making contact with your experience moment by moment. By noticing fixed patterns in the mind and body and beginning to explore the possibility of movement, you will ultimately be gifting yourself with new choices around how you respond to life.

Sometimes words alone cannot describe our experience nor does the logical mind find an explanation, this is where I invite you to allow a flexibility in how you communicate or move through times of difficulty. I am committed to being alongside you while you discover the language that feels most authentic for you.

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 work in a holistic way, centred around relationship, wholeness and awareness, this can mean integrating various ways of working, these might include;

  • Traditional talking therapy
  • Body mapping
  • Body meditation
  • Creative writing
  • Movement
  • Breath awareness
  • Visualisation work
  • Ways of expressing yourself creatively
  • Play

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 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.

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
  • Mentorship Somatic Body Mapping (Finishing next Summer)

Short-term courses, training and workshops attended:

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • NLP Practitioner E-Course
  • Transformational Coaching E-Course
  • 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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Somatic Body Mapping

SPEAK.    SENSE.      SEE.      MARK.

Imagine creating a space where you can journey to the places within yourself that are asking to be heard without the need to articulate or analyse your experience, imagine the freedom you could welcome into that space. Then imagine listening, exploring, moving with these experiences and allowing yourself to bring the inner experience alive in the outside world- this is where Body mapping comes in.

The preparation and journey toward coming onto the map and being traced around will involve gentle exploration and play, allowing yourself time to enter the wild within, speaking, sensing, seeing and marking your journey. Whatever is calling for your attention will be given time and space to be voiced and marked in some way through the use of Art Materials, this is not about Artistic capability - you do not need to be an 'Artist'- this is about forming a new relationship with your whole self, being open with curiousity to what comes forward and moving away from expectations.

Body Maps are life-size creations, by honouring the bodies’ voice you will be traced around marking your existence, your shape in the world, this process is an opportunity for you to create something that is not yet known.

The outline shape that is created will then invite you to enter your inner landscape, exploring and expressing this experience through a combination of body meditations, movement, ritual, mark making, drawing, painting and sculpting.

I am currently part of a 10-month Body Mentorship and looking for new clients.

6 Session minimum commitment.

£30 for each 90-minute session or discounted rate of a one-off payment of £150 for weekly 90-minute sessions for 6 consecutive weeks

Allow yourself to form a new, wild relationship with your whole self.

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  • Awaken. Breathe. Connect.
  • Awaken. Breathe. Connect.



30 Minute face to face Introductory session £10

Counselling session (60 minutes) £40

Limited number of Concessions available (Student/unemployed) £30

Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk Therapy (60 minutes) £30

Body Mapping

£30 for each 90-minute session or discounted rate of a one-off payment of £150 for weekly 90-minute sessions for 6 consecutive weeks

Further information

The practice rooms:

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS9 3ED
Bristol, BS6 6JY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening sessions available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme