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Abi Newman

Abi Newman

Abi has over 10 years’ experience working within mental health settings both in the UK and overseas, working in therapeutic supportive roles in both voluntary and private sectors, within multidisciplinary teams specialising in working with individuals experiencing eating disorders.

Abi is an integrative therapist; she joined Priory Hospital Bristol in 2018. She holds assessment sessions, therapeutic 1:1 sessions and also runs group therapy.


Abi graduated from The University of Gloucester with a Foundation Degree Sciences (FdSc) in Integrative Counselling.

Since then she has completed a number of short courses and workshops focusing on somatic-emotional ways of working within therapeutic dynamics.

Abi has trained in:

  • Mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Somatic body mapping
  • Embodied relational therapy
  • NLP
  • Creative therapeutic writing

Abi is currently completing further training in Eating Disorders, exploring the neuroscientific influences, along with the societal and cultural pressures, physical signs and symptoms of various eating difficulties and the physical and emotional aspects of using food in ways that can lead to problematic consequences.

Abi is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); she works in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Abi continues to have regular supervision and she is committed to ongoing growth through professional development. Abi’s interest in the interactive experience people have between felt-sense in the body, thoughts in the mind and emotion is inspired by the therapeutic work of Peter Levine: somatic experiencing, Stanley Keleman: formative psychology, Nick Totton: embodied-relational therapy, Babette Rothschild: somatic trauma therapy and the transpersonal work of Sandra Ingerman.

Alongside talking therapies Abi is a qualified somatic body mapping practitioner, bringing the creative and therapeutic elements of experience together.

"Abi shows immense skill, empathy and kindness. I couldn’t have asked for a better therapist....she is very warm and caring, offered lots of wise observations and helped me understand my feelings and decisions. I am very happy now!" Former patient

I am a humanistic integrative therapist that encourages a body-mind language. This approach acknowledges the whole of our interactive experience, through body (felt-sense), mind (thoughts) and relationship (emotion). The space I hold as a therapist is both compassionate and gentle, I am here to work at your pace, offer support and to be alongside you through your process.

I am influenced by somatic-emotional approaches and have a continued interest in the neuroscientific research, focusing on the link between the anatomical shapes we make, our emotions, behaviours and our experience of ourselves and our surroundings. 

The way I work therapeutically is a synergy of different approaches; Gestalt, person-centered, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) skills and formative psychology.

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