Abi Newman. Registered MBACP (Accred)

Abi Newman. Registered MBACP (Accred)

Garden Studio. Westbury-On-Trym

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Garden Studio. Westbury-On-Trym

About me

“There is something in nature that forms patterns. We, as part of nature, also form patterns. The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to know how the wind is blowing , you can look at the sand.” -Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

I am compassionate, empathetic and a genuine believer in people, I know that we all have the potential to meet and integrate our power, wisdom and grace. I am not detached or analytical. I work to stay in constant connection with how you are feeling in the here and now, staying open, curious and aware to my own responses to you.

The starting point

Sometimes we are not entirely sure why we need Therapy or where it might take us, the not knowing can be both a daunting and powerful starting point, however, if you do know the why, quite often the path of self enquiry meets that sense of clarity with many twists and turns along the way. I offer a gentle space for you to explore, connect, heal and breathe. Being alongside you through your process and supporting you through those twists and turns.

How I work

As a Therapist I encourage a body-mind language. This approach honours the whole of your experience moment by moment, deeply acknowledging embodiment and relationship, asking what you feel and how you feel it.

This question can often be an interactive experience, answered and expressed through body (felt-sense), mind (thoughts) and emotion (relationship).

Acknowledging the stories and language of your body can offer another dimension to our therapeutic work together 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 inspired by many ancient traditions and modern teachings, often weaving together elements of Body-mapping with Psychotherapy.

Our sessions together will depend entirely on what works best for you and could involve:

·         Talking therapies: Relational, Transpersonal, Gestalt.

·         Formative Psychology

·         Body mapping and meditation

·         Ecotherapy (strengthening your relationship with Nature)

·         Voice/sound exploration

·         Ritual and ceremony

·         Creative writing

·        Mindful Movement

·         Breath awareness

·         Visualisation work

·         Play

The healing challenge of change

Many of us meet the challenge of wanting and needing change in our lives, while not knowing how to move away from the safety of what feels familiar. To want to be free while also wanting to protect ourselves, these mixed messages can become confusing. I have found that working with and moving through inner conflicts rather than against them can be deeply nourishing work, allowing us to come home to ourselves and find peace.

Inner conflicts and inner conversations are alive within all of us and can present themselves in both conscious and unconscious ways.

Some examples might be experienced through body; posture, shape, tension, breath, excessive or deficient connection to certain body parts/areas.

Through mind and thought; an internal argument, indecisiveness, uncertainty, the I should vs the I need/want.

And through emotion/relationship; anger, sadness, fear and anxiety, prolonged depression, attachment, detachment, indifference, co-dependency, pulling closer and pushing away.

‘The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any’- Alice Walker

I will to be alongside you through powerless moments, times of feeling stuck, through change and expansion, I will support, guide and hold space for you to come home to yourself and your power.

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. I have seen and experienced the healing effect of truly meeting someone through relationship and being alongside people in moments of challenge/pain and joy/celebration. I am inspired by a Humanistic way of being in relationship, full of spirit and curiousity.

I am an accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working 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 am particularly interested in the Therapeutic work of Peter Levine: Somatic Experiencing, Stanley Keleman: Formative Psychology, Nick Totton: Embodied-Relational Therapy, Babette Rothschild: Somatic Trauma Therapy and the Psycho-Spiritual work of Sandra Ingerman.

Alongside my work as a Therapist, I offer 1:1 Body Mapping retreats (non-residential) and group experiences. I am also a qualified Level 2 Reiki practitioner.


  • FdSc Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • A Level Psychology
  • NVQ 2 & 3 Health and Social Care
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • BACP Accreditation


  • Bodylistening programme
      - A grounding in body psychotherapy and deep bodywork
  • Women Who Run With The Wolves Creative Soul Retreat
  • Somatic Body Mapping Practitioner (1 Year Mentorship)
  • 8 week Mindfulness Course
  • DBT Diploma
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Advanced Diploma
  • Somatic Body Mapping Intensive
  • Creative writing for Therapeutic Purposes
  • The Shamanic Journey
  • Embodied relational therapy: The Wild Nature of Embodiment
  • Embodied relational therapy: Trance and Transference
  • Reiki Level 2

Work placed training and workshops

  • 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

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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30 Minute face to face Introductory session £5

Weekly Therapy Sessions (60 minutes) £40-£50

Fortnightly Therapy Sessions (90 minutes) £55- £65

A limited number of concessions are available, please contact me to discuss.

Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk Therapy (60 minutes) £40

Body Mapping

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

Further information

Garden Studio Space

Tucked away at the bottom of my garden is the Garden Studio, you will be surrounded by life and landscape, sounds of nature and the world outside. You do need to walk down steps, across grass which has a steady slope downward and some decking.

I do recommend wearing footwear that supports this as it can get rather slippery after some rain.

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Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS9

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Sunset (after work) and Sunrise (before work) sessions available. Thursday and Friday daytime.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme