Ian Newman

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PGDip (merit), ADPD, MBACP
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West Malling ME19 & London NW1
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About me

I am a qualified and registered counsellor working in Kent and London.

Counselling is an opportunity to explore aspects of your life that could be causing you difficulty and making you feel stuck and unable to move forward.  Having someone to talk through what is troubling you in a safe and private space can help you focus on those issues and bring clarity, focus and change.  As a counsellor, this is what I offer my clients - the time and space to explore and discover new ways of dealing with past and current problems.

I offer short, long-term and open ended counselling that will help enable you to have the opportunity to talk through the issues that you wish to explore.

Your counselling session will last for 50 minutes and will be on a weekly basis - always on the same day and at the same time.

I currently work from my home in Kings Hill, West Malling as well as at The Gestalt Centre in London.  I offer both in-person and online counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling comes in different shapes and forms, often referred to as modalities.  I trained in the Gestalt approach.

I trained at The Gestalt Centre in London where I was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy Theory (with merit) in conjunction with London Metropolitan University as well as a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and an Advanced Professional Diploma in Gestalt Therapy.

Gestalt is relational, so as a gestalt counsellor, I would play an active role in the counselling sessions.  This may be in the form of providing feedback about what I experience as an active listener; it may be to ask you to say more and focus on a particular aspect of what has been shared in order to go into more depth; it could even be to challenge you, so you can be certain about something that has been shared.

This way of working can be quite creative and dynamic and differs from other forms of humanistic therapy where the counsellor can have a more passive involvement/role.

What is crucial to Gestalt counselling and all forms of talking therapy is the importance of you-the client and your experience.  Nothing is ever imposed in the counselling sessions and you will never made to talk about or do anything you do not agree to.

Working in this way – with a focus in the here and now experience - offers an approach to counselling that can be rewarding and liberating.  A short explanation, such as this, does not do it justice – therefore if you would like to know more and arrange an initial consultation to see if we could work together, please contact me as I would be delighted to hear from you.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial consultations are free if coming to my private practice or online.  £20 for initial consultations in London.

Counselling sessions cost £50 per session.

There may be room to negotiate costs depending on income and this will be discussed during the initial consultation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work in private practice in Kent all day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as Friday and Saturday mornings.  I have evening availability in London  on Wednesday evenings.

Further information

I work from my home in Kings Hill, Kent and also in London where I have a consultation room at The Gestalt Centre near St Pancras Station. 

West Malling, Kent, ME19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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