Abi Newman. FdSc Counselling. Registered MBACP.

Abi Newman. FdSc Counselling. Registered MBACP.

The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street

07856 031105

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The Practice Rooms
57-59 High Street

07856 031105

About me

In this high energy, fast paced world we can struggle to find moments to pause and reconnect to our inner wisdom. The pressure to perform and achieve, can often move us out of real relationship with ourselves and into a place of isolation and disconnection. I offer a gentle space for you to explore, connect, heal and breathe.

I work in a compassionate empathetic way, I am not detached or analytical. I work to stay in constant connection with how you are feeling in the here and now, I stay open, curious and aware to my own responses to you.

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. I see you as unique, I make no assumptions. I do not see you as a set of behaviours or thinking styles, nor do I see any person needing to be 'fixed'.

I understand that we can sometimes want and need change in our lives, while also feeling terrified of moving away from the familiar and safe. Finding your pace around integrating any change is something I invite while working through any inner conflicts that may present themselves. By noticing fixed patterns in the mind and body and beginning to explore the possibility of movement, you can ultimately create new choices around how you respond to life, moving away from habitual responses and being more present.

I offer a space of warmth and holding for you while you dance with the abstract and feelings of not knowing. I welcome a slowing down of experience, creating the possibility for you to deeply make contact with the subtle shifts in your felt sense and states of being, staying with both the simplicity and complexity of your experience.

I am committed to being alongside you while you discover the language that feels most authentic for you.

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.

As a Humanistic Therapist I feel inspired by many traditions and teachings.  Working in a body based way I encourage a 'checking in' with the whole experience and integrate various ways of working to elevate awareness, this could involve:

  • Traditional talking therapies: Transpersonal, Gestalt, Relational.
  • Formative Psychology
  • Body mapping and meditation
  • Voice/sound exploration
  • Creative writing
  • Movement
  • Breath awareness
  • Visualisation work
  • Ways of expressing yourself creatively
  • Play

I have worked in both voluntary and paid roles within Counselling including a Bristol based charity working with people experiencing addiction, an Employee Assistance Programme, within a private healthcare setting and for a local organisation working with women who are involved/at risk of becoming involved in the Criminal Justice system.

Training, qualifications & experience

Long-term training completed:

  • FdSc Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Reiki Level 2
  • A Level Psychology
  • NVQ 2 & 3 Health and Social Care
  • Somatic Body Mapping 1 Year Mentorship

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 and moving with these experiences. 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.

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



30 Minute face to face Introductory session £10

Weekly Therapy Sessions (60 minutes) £40

Fortnightly Therapy Sessions (90 minutes) £55

Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk Therapy (60 minutes) £30

Body Mapping

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

Further information

The practice rooms:

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS9 3ED

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Thursday and Fridays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme