Adam Newman

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BA (Hons) Counselling, MBACP
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Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified, integrative counsellor with experience of working with both adults and young people. Experiencing difficulties in life, while this may be inevitable, can be incredibly painful and isolating. My aim within my practise is to foster a safe, non-judgmental, and empathic environment, where you can freely explore your concerns and worries. Taking that first step in counselling and finding the right therapist can be a daunting prospect, so I will endeavour to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible.

As an ‘integrative’ counsellor, I believe that a single therapeutic approach may not help with every issue that is being experienced, as each client presents with their own unique and individual needs. As such, my approach draws upon techniques from different models of therapy. Generally speaking, I adopt a primarily psychodynamic stance in the therapeutic relationship. In this space, we will look at elements of your past experiences that might be contributing to your present difficulties. By exploring these memories, we can gain a greater understanding of the influence they may be exerting on our current thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. To broaden this dynamic approach, from experience I recognise that, while we are all individual, existential concerns can be applicable to all and cause us unease: mortality, meaning in our life, and a feeling of isolation from the world or ourselves. I believe that self-awareness is a key aspect of growth and recovery, and this is where I also incorporate parts of Gestalt therapy, where we focus on the immediate here-and-now experiences; what is happening from one moment to the next. Understanding of not just the past, but of our immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and our patterns of relating can help us gain further insight and new perspectives. Integration of various approaches helps to inform my way of working and to create a more individualized counselling experience.

Underlying this way of working, Humanistic (person-centred) aspects provide a foundation for all my work. Our work together is focused on you, and what you would like to use your counselling time for to gain greater insight and clarity. The relational part of the therapeutic relationship can sometimes be the most reparative.

I am welcoming of new clients. I believe that a positive and trusting relationship between the counsellor and client is paramount to therapeutic change, and so I offer an initial consultation to see if I am the right fit for you before we commence with therapy. I can offer both face-to-face and online counselling.

The first session

In our first session together, we will go through the counselling contract and discuss some important pieces of information, including the limits of confidentiality. At this point, we can begin by looking at your reasons for accessing counselling and crystalize any goals you may have. Furthermore, it gives you the chance to ask me any questions you might have and get to know me, and also decide if I am the right person for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling

My career involves over six years in health and social care, specifically supporting adults with learning disabilities and other complex needs.

In my counselling career, I have worked at West Suffolk College as a student counsellor. I have also worked at MTCIC, providing counselling to adults over the age of 18. Currently, I work with 4YP in Ipswich, offering short-term counselling sessions for young people.

Some areas I have worked with in my practise include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
  • Anger
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Self-harm
  • Bereavement.

I often implement creative techniques with clients. I find that the use of imagination and the freedom to express ourselves through the arts helps to aid our processes where using words might be difficult. I hold qualifications in Art, Graphic Design, and Music Performance that have enhanced this side of my practise through the transferable skills they provide.

As a member of the BACP, I regularly access CPD materials and courses to inform my practice and broaden my knowledge and skills.

Member organisations

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

  • Concessions offered for trainee counsellors, which is priced at £30 per session.

I offer a free initial telephone or online consultation, between 15 - 20 minutes, upon which at this stage we can arrange a time and date for a first session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please email or call me in the first instance if you would like to make an enquiry. I will aim to respond to your enquiry as soon as I am able.

Further information

I hold full public liability insurance, along with an enhanced DBS that is on the update service.

I work from Ask House in Bury St. Edmunds, which is situated off the A14 and about a 5 - 10 minute walk from the train station. Where sessions are held online, I am in a confidential space and can further discuss the expectations for this if necessary. The premises does have disabled access, however it should be noted that I am based on the second floor of the building and a lift is not available.

I have experience working with children/young people, however in my private practise I only work with those who are the age of 18 or above.

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Adam Newman
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